Protests continue outside City Hall ahead of city's budget news
Occupy City Hall protests have been going on for a week as residents await the city's new budget due on July 1.
Protesters are demanding that the city cut the NYPD budget to reform policing in the city.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposed $88.1 billion budget Tuesday morning with cuts to several areas, including $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD.
The budget is down from $95.3 billion due to deep cuts to city agencies.
The mayor says there will be $1 billion in cuts and reduced expenses for the NYPD, while maintaining patrol strength and keeping city streets safe.
Protesters have been occupying the park at City Hall for a week now with signs to “defund the police” and in support of Black Lives Matter. On Monday night, News 12 is told there were confrontations with the police.
Abdullah Younus, of VOCAL-NY, tells News 12 that at around 2 a.m., police started tearing down barricades and breaking people up violently. He said the confrontation with police lasted four to five hours until about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
He said the occupation had moved into the street, and people were expressing themselves on the walls outside City Hall. He said he was extremely scared to see what was happening.
"I was out here last night and saw the police extremely violent with protesters that are here for very just cause and the police demonstrated to us that they are really the source of violence here,” says Younus.
News 12 is told protesters are advocating for a $1 billion cut to the NYPD in the city's budget which is due at midnight.