Videos on the internet show anti-cop protesters clashing with police near NYC’s City Hall early Tuesday, as lawmakers near a vote on the budget that’s expected to cut one billion dollars from the city police budget.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he and the New York City Council have a plan to redistribute $1 billion from the NYPD budget to community-based programs and resources.
"I think there's a human cry right now to address what young people have been through and to try and go at the root cause of a lot of the challenges in our society, which is a lack of investment in young people," said de Blasio.
Video posted on social media early Tuesday morning appears to show clashes between protestors and police on the sidewalks and streets outside City Hall.
New York City police arrested two “Occupy City Hall” protesters overnight Tuesday, while the morning hours gave way to scuffles between officers and demonstrators who have camped out for a week to demand Mayor Bill De Blasio “defund the police.”
As the “occupation” in front of New York’s City Hall entered its eighth consecutive day, police said two arrests were made: one man for graffiti and another for assault on an officer.
Anti-police graffiti was scrawled on the Surrogate’s Courthouse overnight, reading “Euthanize Swine” and “ACAB,” which stands for “All Cops Are Bastards,” WPIX-TVreported.