Fox News reports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw her weight behind a growing movement to defund police departments that has become a rallying cry for some protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The progressive firebrand put her stamp of approval on the far-left demand as a policy solution to combat police brutality and racial injustice during a congressional primary debate that aired Friday night on NY1.
Ocasio-Cortez said she’s “actively engaged in advocacy” for a “reduction of our NYPD budget and defunding a $6 billion NYPD budget that costs us books in the hands of our children and costs us very badly needed investment in NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] and public housing.”
As protesters demand police reform, a proposal is gaining steam: reducing the #NYPD’s budget.
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 6, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez echoed the demands of Black Lives Matter and police reform activists that New York City should be spending less on policing and putting that money into resources that would help black communities thrive, such as education, housing and social services.
Even Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had “Black Lives Matter” painted on a city block near the White House, got slammed by BLM’s District of Columbia chapter for not agreeing to gut the police department budget.
“Black Lives Matter means defund the police,” the chapter tweeted a day after Bowser unveiled the new Black Lives Matter Plaza.