NYPD’s O’Neill Visits D.C. to Protest Trump Security Aid Cut

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New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill isn’t happy that President Trump wants to cut money to protect his city from terrorism. O’Neill traveled to Washington yesterday to meet with key stakeholders and set a battle plan with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to fight $110 million in cuts to security programs, the New York Daily News reports. That money “represents about a third of what we’d spend on counter-terrorism,” O’Neill said during a meeting with Schumer. “This is critical for our operation… that $110 million represents about 600 cops. I don’t think there’s clearer terms than that.”

Trump’s proposed cuts would gouge programs for vapor wake bomb-sniffing dogs and training for New York officers to deal with active-shooter situations. Schumer said Trump should know better than to mess with his city’s antiterrorism programs. “You’ve got to walk the walk, not talk the talk, and this is key terrorism money,” he said, alluding to Trump’s frequent tirades against terrorism and promises to keep America safe. “New York desperately needs this money. At a time when terrorism is if anything on the increase with lone wolves and everything else, there’s no better police force, local, nonfederal, than the NYPD. And they may be the best in the world, period. They do a great job, but it costs money,” Schumer said. “You take it away and it’s going to hurt us badly.” Schumer worked with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to keep former President Obama from making less draconian cuts a few years back, and is teaming up with him again.

 

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