Here's the latest:
- Mayor De Blasio Commits To Shifting NYPD Funds To Youth Services, But Doesn't Say How Much
- De Blasio Ends Curfew One Day Early As NYC Prepares To Reopen
- Over Two Dozen Actions Planned Across NYC Sunday
- Last Night: Protesters Take One Final Knee At Barclays Center To Cap Night Of Peaceful Protests
10:53 p.m. On Monday morning, current and former members of the de Blasio administration who say they are outraged by the NYPD's response to the peaceful protests and the mayor's inaction on police reform will stage their own demonstration tomorrow at City Hall at 10 a.m.
Last week, more than 1,000 of these staffers signed a letter condemning the mayor and demanding that he slash $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2021 from the NYPD’s nearly $6 billion operating budget, fire of all the police officers found to have used excessive force during protests—or to have covered their badges, and release their disciplinary records.
The mayor announced on Sunday that he would reallocate an unknown portion of the NYPD's budget. "While we welcome this change of tone, we want to make clear these latest moves do not meet our demands," the staffers wrote in a release for tomorrow's protest. "Despite these symbolic gestures and platitudes, his own words contradict his calls for reform. The Mayor’s minimization of the NYPD’s handling of this current crisis is an insult to New Yorkers who continue to experience violence at the hands of the NYPD."
10:22 p.m. The group, now numbering a little more than 100, headed west on Canal Street, accompanied by police on foot and in vehicles. At the intersection of Baxter, a cruiser moved to block the intersection to cross-traffic, but was deliberately blocked by protesters. “I’m trying to block the intersection,” the patrol car driver announced over his speaker. “Block it for you guys.” The marchers weren’t feeling collaborative. “NYPD suck my dick!” they chanted.
9:58 p.m. The mass of NYPD officers preventing protesters from walking off the pedestrian path of the Manhattan Bridge into Chinatown backed away, and protesters are sitting on the Bowery near Canal Street.
“A small march of one or two hundred protesters that had set off from the Barclays Center came off the Manhattan Bridge and headed west on Canal Street, accompanied by police on foot and in vehicles. At the intersection of Baxter, a cruiser moved to block the intersection to cross-traffic, but was deliberately blocked by protesters. “I’m trying to block the intersection,” the patrol car driver announced over his speaker. “Block it for you guys.” The marchers weren’t feeling collaborative. “NYPD suck my dick!” they chanted.
9:50 p.m. A group of several hundred protesters are attempting to march over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn, and have been met with a line of NYPD officers on the Manhattan side.
So far, it doesn't appear that there have been any massive NYPD crackdowns on the peaceful protests happening across the city, though a Guardian reporter witnessed the police removing some protesters from the street in Brooklyn:
6:47 p.m. A veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Councilmembers have determined that they will "begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating a new transformative model for cultivating safety in our city," according to a statement released by the council reported by the Minneapolis Star.
Nine members of the city's council signed the letter outlining their goal to disband the police department, setting up what the Star predicted would be "a long, complicated fight over how to change the police force following George Floyd’s death." The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, has stopped short of supporting the idea of dismantling the department.
One of the lawmakers who signed on to defunding the police, Steve Fletcher, a Minneapolis councilman, wrote an op/ed in Time magazine two days ago about how he came to the conclusion that the Minneapolis Police Department could not be reformed:
In my first two years on the Council, several factors have reinforced the context for reform. Minneapolis Police officers shot and killed four more people—Thurman Blevins, Travis Jordan, Mario Benjamin, and Chiasher Fong Vue—and were caught in a bodycam audit asking EMTs to sedate suspects and others with ketamine. The Police Federation refused to comply with a department ban on “warrior training” and took an intentionally divisive on-stage role at a Trump rally.
Meanwhile, thousands of people filled the lawn at McCarren Park in Williamsburg for a protest and what our reporter describes as "a giant dance party. (The protest has its own DJ.)
The group was marching down Driggs at the time of publication. Our reporter said the scene is like a "block party."
On the Upper East Side, protesters are holding a vigil outside of Gracie Mansion. Here's a livestream:
Black Lives Matter Protesters Fill Times Square
3:45 p.m.: A demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter Greater New York filled two blocks near Times Square on Sunday on the eleventh day of citywide actions against racist police violence.
More than 100 police officers lined the edges of the protest and set up barricades on Seventh Avenue. Cheers as speakers called for justice and police accountability echoed up Broadway, and protesters chanted that de Blasio should resign.
"Being black, young, and a woman are just justifications for my silenced viewpoints for change," Mia White, who's a part of organizing group Freedom March NYC. "Each year I am grateful for the opportunity to say that I'm alive, but thousands of black lives cannot relate."
The group live streamed the action on Instagram Sunday afternoon:
One protester, Jamie Bauer of Stuyvesant Town, told Gothamist they thought the mayor had been a "real disappointment."
"The police should report to the mayor and the mayor should rein them in," said Bauer, who joined the protest with four friends holding a sign in honor of George Floyd that said "take your knee off his neck."
Though the Black Lives Matter Greater New York-led action ended in Times Square, 1,000 demonstrators continued marching uptown on Broadway.
Another group of a few hundred people marched from Bryant Park to the United Nations. Police walked alongside monitoring from the sidewalks.
In uptown Manhattan, about 1,000 people marched in Inwood in a calm and celebratory action with signs saying "Black Lives Matter"and "Defund the Police." The group continued south on Broadway towards Washington Heights Sunday afternoon.
A storefront had been boarded up with a Black Lives Matter mural and portrait of George Floyd, among many along Dyckman Street.
With WNYC's Julianne Welby.
De Blasio Commits To Shifting NYPD Funds To Youth Services, But Doesn't Say How Much
1:40 p.m.: After ten days of protests and a historic six nights of a citywide curfew, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would shift funding from the NYPD to youth and social services, but did not say by how much.
"I wanna make a statement of principle right now, that based on the suggestions of the caucus, based on the work of the task force, that we will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services," de Blasio said during a press conference on Sunday, citing the racial equity and inclusion task force the First Lady, Chirlane McCray, is leading and the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus of the NYC Council. (The task force was set up to address racial disparities when it became apparent how the COVID-19 crisis was impacting communities of color disproportionately.)
The budget changes will be done in such a way to ensure the city's safety, the mayor added.
He declined to detail what or how many funds would be redirected, saying it will be negotiated through the budget process with the Office of Management and Budget and the City Council.
"The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead," said de Blasio. He left the door open for additional NYPD investments in the case the department needs additional attorneys to speed up the timeline of how police are disciplined.
"Even while we're going to be shifting funding from the NYPD to youth programs and social services, there also may be some areas where we say, hey, in the name of justice, in the name of transparency, in the name of addressing the concerns that people have raised, we actually need to make some additional investments," he said.
The mayor met with city council leaders on Saturday in Southeast Queens, including NYC Councilmembers I. Daneek Miller and Adrienne Adams, the leaders of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, which have been sharply critical of the mayor's handling of the protests and called for what the mayor described as a "reconsideration of priorities." They had also called for him to end the curfew Friday.
Amid the citywide protests against police brutality in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, calls to defund the police and reinvest in community services have intensified. Hundreds of school leaders called for cuts to the NYPD and shift it to education programming. More than 400 current and former de Blasio staffers called for $1 billion in cuts to the department's $6 billion budget.
Miller's office and BLAC have not released a specific amount they seek to cut from the NYPD's budget, but at a press conference last Tuesday, Miller said, "We will not pass any budget that includes just a 1 percent cut to the Police Department."
In a statement, the BLAC called de Blasio's funding announcement a "positive indicator of the Mayor’s willingness to embrace reforms that will serve to redefine public safety for millions of New Yorkers of color."
"The Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus stands ready to work with the body and the Administration to bring about such changes, but will also campaign vigorously for broad improvements in areas beyond policing where the COVID-19 pandemic and its residual effects continue to take an awful toll on the communities we represent," the statement read.
The announcement marked a shift for de Blasio. When asked about cutting the NYPD budget last week, de Blasio cited the John Lennon classic, "Imagine," saying "deep progress" had been made in reforming the NYPD but that budget reductions are "not the way forward."
The budget shift was among a list of reforms the mayor wants to make immediately, though emphasized there's more to come in the next 18 months of his tenure.
He demanded the state legislature work out the final language of a replacement for the 50a law—which keeps police disciplinary records from being made public—be settled this week. He also said community leaders would be brought into the senior levels of the NYPD to build upon neighborhood policing efforts. Street vendor enforcement would also be moved out of police jurisdiction.
"A civilian agency should handle that," de Blasio said of street vendor enforcement.
The task force will evaluate what other areas police could be removed from enforcement responsibility. Street vendors, de Blasio said, "should not have to engage the NYPD as they are trying to make their livelihood."
Over 2 Dozen Actions Planned Across NYC Sunday
Sunday night was scheduled to be the last night of the curfew imposed by mayor Bill de Blasio in an attempt to stop the looting that was associated with citywide protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But on Sunday morning, de Blasio announced the curfew would be lifted one day early, tweeting that "yesterday and last night we saw the very best of our city."
The NYPD said there were 80 people arrested in connection with Saturday's demonstrations, up from 40 reported arrests Saturday but still lower than the hundreds arrested on previous nights. Over 2,500 people have reportedly been arrested or summonsed since the mass protests began in NYC on May 28th, giving the current demonstrations the dubious distinction of being the number one mass arrest event in the city's history. (Roughly 1,800 arrests made during the 2004 Republican National Convention protest in NYC.) Hundreds of protesters have been held in cramped, dangerous conditions for over 24 hours pre-arraignment, sparking a lawsuit from the Legal Aid Society.
Here's a running list of protests scheduled for today, Sunday, June 7th, 2020:
11 a.m. Ocean Parkway & Avenue J
1 p.m. Bed-Stuy, Fulton & Marcy Ave
1 p.m. Owl’s Head Park 68th St & Shore
2 p.m. "pray and protest" at 1368 Fulton Street
4 p.m. Red Hook, Miccio on 110 W 9th Street
4 p.m. DUMBO "family protest" at Water Street & Washington Street
4:30 p.m. Prospect Park West & 9th Street
5 p.m. vigil Washington Street (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
6 p.m. McCarren Park
12 p.m. Union Square
12 p.m. Times Square
12 p.m. Gracie Mansion
1 p.m. Fifth Avenue (next to Madison Square Park)
1 p.m. Duke Ellington Circle (110th Street)
2 p.m. Union Square
2 p.m. Convent Avenue Baptist Church
1 p.m. "Dance for George" 125th & Lexington
3 p.m. 120th & Morningside Avenue
2 p.m. 15-50 Merrick Blvd
2:30 p.m. 34th Ave & 72nd Street
3:30 Main Street (Flushing)
1 p.m. at Marble Hill Houses
1:30 p.m. at Truman High School
5 p.m. vigil at Zimmerman Playground (Olinville Park)
(Protest schedule via "BLM -Say Their Names")
3 p.m. Conference House Park (South Shore)