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NEW York City's mayor Bill de Blasio has said he would cut $1 billion in funding from the New York Police Department for 2021.

The cuts were described as not going far enough by some activists, and come in the face of calls to defund the police, as well as a $9 billion revenue shortfall for the city, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

5 New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioCredit: Alamy Live News

de Blasio had initially planned to cut NYPD funding by less than 1 per cent, while slashing youth services, Reuters reported.

But thousands of protesters have been camped outside City Hall for the past week, demanding deeper cuts to police funding.

“It’s time to do the work of reform, to think deeply about where our police have to be in the future,” de Blasio told reporters on Tuesday.

The NYPD's current $6 billion budget will be curtailed through overtime reductions, the cancellation of the July class of more than 1,000 new recruits, and transferring responsibilities out of the NYPD. 5 Demonstrators from the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" march to the New York Criminal Courts building to protest the NYPDCredit: Reuters 5 Protesters have set up an autonomous zoneCredit: Reuters 5 Protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter (BLM) congregate as they demand that the NYPD be defundedCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5 Mass march to Defund the NYPD in Washington Square Park on 29 Jun 2020Credit: The Mega Agency A number of summer youth programs that had been canceled will now go ahead. However some say the cuts don't go far enough. "Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers,” Anthonine Pierre, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform, said in a statement. "Moving police from the NYPD to other agencies does nothing to reduce police violence.”

A small handful of left-wing lawmakers criticized the cuts as insufficient and said they would oppose the budget’s passage later on Tuesday at a vote convened by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Reuters reported.

Police and protesters have clashed in New York, with recent footage showing a rough interaction between officers and demonstrators outside One Police Plaza in Manhattan that took place this week.

The violent interaction kicked off in Manhattan between protesters and policeCredit: Loudlabs NYC A street battle ensued, as police tried to push back the crowdCredit: Loudlabs NYC Cops can be seen trying to force people away from the roadwayCredit: Loudlabs NYC

The incident followed a month of protests following George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis on May 25, which resulted in calls to defund the NYPD.

In the video, the NYPD TARU can be seen leaving headquarters as a booming loudspeaker message rings out.

"This is the New York City Police Department," it blared. "You are unlawfully in the roadway and obstructing vehicular traffic.

"You are ordered to leave the roadway or utilize the available sidewalk.

"If you remain in the roadway refuse to utilize the sidewalk, you will be placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct."

Hundreds of riot police can be seen pushing people out of the street and towards the park they were camped in.

At one point, a female protester can be heard screaming "hit me" as the cops attempt to push through the crowd.

The woman (center, with the megaphone) can be heard telling cops 'hit me'Credit: Loudlabs NYC Crowds gathered in NYCCredit: Loudlabs NYC

News of the violence emerged while New York residents contend with a scourge of fireworks in the five boroughs, which NY Governor Andrew Cuomo likened to the wild west" during his press briefing on Monday.

An NYPD source, who did not wish to be named, exclusively told The Sun cops were reluctant to enforce the recent fireworks ban in case of a backlash but also, to show residents the reality of their calls to defund and disband US police departments.

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"I'd say a small part is that it's a message to the people, showing them what NYC will look like if they get what they want," the insider said.

"But more so, that police aren't willing to risk their livelihood to enforce a nonviolent, victimless crime.

"Public safety is at risk, but if we took enforcement action against someone setting off fireworks, the community would combat us because they're trying to have fun during a pandemic and we're out arresting them for just setting off fireworks."

Protesters can be seen to the left as riot cops looked onCredit: Loudlabs NYC Cops have received thousands of complaints about fireworksCredit: AP:Associated Press NYPD officers have been reluctant to enforce the fireworks law amid widespread civil unrestCredit: Rex Features A person records with a phone a fireworks display in an empty park on June 24Credit: Getty Images - Getty Complaints about nightly rogue fireworks have skyrocketed in recent weeksCredit: Getty Images - Getty Cuomo blasts ‘dangerous’ and ‘illegal’ fireworks surge in New York City as July 4 holiday approaches

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More police on patrol this weekend in NYC amid spike in shootings

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- More police will be on patrol over the weekend in pockets of New York City that have seen a spike in shootings.

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city's Violence Prevention Plan on Friday in the wake of several more shootings which he called "unacceptable."

"We have seen some tough weekends, particularly last weekend, and particularly in Harlem, we saw way too much violence and it's not something that is acceptable in this city" the mayor said. "We cannot have people live in fear, we cannot have our young people in the cross hairs, it is not something we will allow in this city. We have to do better and this weekend coming up has to be better, particularly in Harlem, where we are focusing a lot of our efforts to change the reality on the ground."

Under the plan, the NYPD will increase its presence on more than 20 streets and public housing developments this weekend.

There will be a youth town hall next Friday in Harlem, along with additional youth engagement like pop-up basketball skills and drills, and activating Open Streets.

De Blasio is calling on community leaders to head-off more violence through patrols and other grass roots efforts.

As part of the Cure Violence initiative, the participants will offer street corner resources and be violence interrupters and help de-escalate conflict.

There will also be clergy and faith-based outreach along with a "Take Back the Block" initiative.

Forty-eight people were shot and 11 of them were killed last weekend.

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The mayor's plan comes after a significant increase in shootings.

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