(Photos: Emmy Freedman)

Hours before the City Council’s vote on the 2021 fiscal year budget, thousands of people took to the streets in front of City Hall to call on council members to make bigger cuts to the New York Police Department.

The Occupy City Hall movement first began a little over a week ago, and it had grown in size leading up to Tuesday’s midnight deadline to vote for or against a $88 billion budget. The City Council pledged to cut roughly $1 billion from the NYPD, but many people say that’s not sufficient. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, among others, has said that the budget slash doesn’t do enough and called shifts in funding a “disingenuous illusion.”

Other council members were opposed to cuts to the $6 billion police budget. Pointing…

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