John Minchillo / APPolice stand on the street beside a protest encampment outside City Hall on June 26, 2020, in New York City. (John Minchillo / AP)
New York City lawmakers are holding a high-stakes debate on the city budget as activists demand a $1 billion cut from the police department.
The City Council was meeting Tuesday with a midnight deadline to pass a budget ahead of the fiscal year that begins Wednesday.
It comes with protesters camped outside City Hall demanding that the city slash $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s budget amid a nationwide campaign to defund police.
Protesters want money moved from policing to community and social programs.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he and council leaders had agreed on a $1 billion shift.
The cuts would come