NEW YORK — The NYPD is denying any reports of a mass wave of callouts on July 4 to counter-protest waves of people in New York and around the world protesting police brutality and calling to defund the police.
The New York Post reported that officers were planning to begin striking at 3 p.m. on Independence Day. A spokesperson tells PIX11 News that's not the case.
"New York City police officers will be here today, tomorrow and on the 4th of July to protect all New Yorkers," the spokesperson said in a statement. "To suggest otherwise is false."
Protests calling for either an end to police brutality or a defunding of the NYPD budget have been going on in New York for over five weeks. An encampment at City Hall, now known as "Abolition Park," is into its second week demanding the city budget see funds for police reallocated to other programs.
A city budget was signed this past week that claimed to have decreased police funding by $1 billion, though politicians have called this a bait-and-switch.