Police Attack Occupy City Hall As Budget Vote Nears
Above photo: A “City Hall Autonomous Zone” sign hangs outside New York City Hall, June 27. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
New York City – Early this morning, New York Police officers swarmed the hundreds of people who have been peacefully occupying the park in front of City Hall for the past week and calling for a $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget. The city council is expected to vote on the budget today.
Larger and larger amounts of police officers are coming out of unexpected places at City Hall, even at 3am. A lot of them have riot gear on. Spread the word about #OccupyCityHall, join it if you’re able to, and keep calling and e-mailing your representatives.
— Ryan Shuler (@RyanEShuler) June 30, 2020
— decolonize marcial (@deanospameano) June 30, 2020
Police pushed people onto the sidewalk, beat people with batons and made arrests. People report a person with a broken arm from being beaten with a baton and another with a broken ankle from being pushed between barricades.
— ACG (@aaroncostaganis) June 30, 2020
THE 2nd ALTERCATION W NYPD AT #OccupyCityHallNYC 5:30am.They demanded we get on the sidewalk as we were “obstructing pedestrian traffic”. We got on the sidewalk.They kept pushing.They broke a girls arm with a baton. A boy’s ankle was SNAPPED IN TWO when pushed between a barricade pic.twitter.com/w7qwDvVloZ
— SAVING BLACK LIVES IS WORTH RISKING YOURS (@mallorysayshi) June 30, 2020
from a pal re cops’ assault on #OccupyCityHall @ 6AM:”I watched them pull a barricade into the road w/ 3 ppl underneath who were being rolled & trampled & smushed by them dragged across the street. I watched them baton a woman’s head & a friend saw them break someone’s arm.” 1/2
— Sylvia’s BDay Is July 2 (@SessiBlanchard) June 30, 2020
Confirmed injuries from the NYPD assault on #OccupyCityHallNYC:
1. One femme’s hand is broken. She is in the hospital
2. A second femme’s leg is broken
3. A medic who tried to treat the second individual was beaten and covered in bruises
There are countless more.
— Anthony Capote (@AJ_Capote17) June 30, 2020
BuzzFeed News reports:
On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged the protesters’ demands by committing to cut $1 billion from the police department and to shift those resources “to communities in a way that would help address a lot of the underlying issues that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society.”
Pix11 writes that the $1 billion cut to the police’s $6 billion budget is part of an effort to reduce the $87 billion city budget by $10 billion.
“The latest budget draft would cancel the incoming class of police recruits and move school safety officers from the NYPD to the Department of Education, sources told PIX11. The budget is not expected to include layoffs…”
People are still in the park despite the attack by police as they wait for the city council to vote. They are calling for a “No” vote because it does not meet their demands.
Cops storming #OccupyCityHallNYC this morning ~5:40am. They moved in and threatened/made arrests in both the street and on the sidewalks. Despite the blow, our community is continuing to hold it down and keep us safe! pic.twitter.com/4hWwXWPl01
— Olivia Wohlgemuth (@olivepit_) June 30, 2020
We've been informed that City Council will vote on the budget at 6 tonight through a virtual call rather than coming to City Hall. #OccupyCityHall
— ☭Defund Cable News☭ (@saminthecan) June 30, 2020
— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) June 30, 2020
— StreetVendorProject (@VendorPower) June 30, 2020