New York City was among three cities labeled “anarchist jurisdictions” by the Justice Department on Sunday and targeted to lose federal money for failing to control protesters and defunding cops, The Post has learned.
Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., were the other two cities on the list, which was approved by US Attorney General William Barr.
“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” Barr said in a statement set to be released Monday.
White House budget director Russ Vought is set to issue guidance to federal agencies on withdrawing funds from the cities in less than two weeks.
The list of cities eligible for defunding will be updated periodically, the feds have said.
It is not yet clear what funds are likely to be cut, but the amount of money siphoned from New York City could be massive, given the Big Apple gets about $7 billion in annual federal aid.
The “anarchist’’ designations come after President Trump earlier this month issued a memo ordering financial retribution against cities that have been slashing their police budgets during crime waves, or tolerating violent protests sparked by the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
Meanwhile, Seattle voted in August to cut its police budget by about $3 million.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose city was on the initial list of targets, skirted at least the first round of federal funding cuts after moving to make peace with Trump in a recent phone call.
“She’s willing to do whatever is necessary. We had a very good talk with her,” Trump told reporters Sept. 4.
A federal appeals court earlier this year upheld Trump’s attempt to take funding from some “sanctuary cities’’ including New York City that try to protect undocumented workers from federal immigration officials. But three other appeals courts came to the opposite conclusion involving other cities.
There is more at the link above. Please understand what tRump is trying to do. These are troubled police departments that have large number of violence complaints. The civilian controls have broken down. The civilian leaders have decided to shift money from fascist authoritarian police departments to other services. tRump is a fascist authoritarian that will need to depend on authoritarian police to enforce his dictatorial policies should he need to commit illegal acts to stay in power. tRump is ending civilian oversight of police departments so police can continue to act as occupying forces rather than police serving communities. We are watching our democracy die people. These actions by tRump are part of an ongoing plan to remove local control of the people. Shades of Russia and China, tRump is following their example. Hugs