NYC Mayor de Blasio Announces $1B Cuts To NYPD As NYC Experiences Largest Uptick In Shootings In “20 Years”

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45 people shot this past weekend…

New York City Mayor de Blasio announced today that he will reduce the New York City Police Department budget by $1 Billion dollars – out of a $6 billion budget – and move that money to focus on community and youth programs.

de Blasio made that announcement as NYC shootings have increased. NYPD Chief of Department told the NewYork.cbslocal.com that he not seen “an uptick like this in 20 years.” The Hill reported that shootings in NYC are up 42 percent so far this year.

Late Sunday, a 17-year-old high school basketball player, Brandon Hendricks, was shot and killed “shortly before midnight on Davidson Avenue in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. Hendricks had graduated from James Monroe Campus just two days before the shooting.

A 21-year-old was shot and killed as he was being dropped off in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

@PIX11News reported that just this past weekend, 45 people were shot.

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