New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her position on “defund the police” despite pushback from House Democrats who lost a number of seats they were hoping to win on election night.
Ocasio-Cortez was asked during a Thursday virtual town hall about defunding the police, to which she said the budget for police is too high and that there needs to be a shift in the budget. Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal on defunding the police, an issue some House Democrats believe almost cost them their elections.
“I believe the path toward justice is a long arc. Safety is not just an officer with a badge and a gun,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to the New York Post. “Our (police budget) is too high,” she added, mentioning a $6 billion figure for the NYPD.
Ocasio-Cortez also said that spending on the NYPD is not monitored and “becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” saying more money should be directed towards healthcare. “It’s about a budget shift,” the New York Democrat added.
“It’s my job to listen. We need to invest in those other types of safety,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We need to stop being so reactionary.”
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