September 22, 2020
The Justice Department declared New York City, Portland and Seattle as ‘anarchist jurisdictions Monday that can have federal funding ripped away for failing to clamp down on violence according to its criteria.
It listed the three cities as among those ‘that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activity.’
The designation comes with billions of dollars in federal funding at stake, following President Donald Trump’s order to make the designations amid violence and property damage that occurred during a summer of protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police during his arrest.
The agency made the designation in a document it titled: ‘Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.’
It comes weeks before Election Day while President Trump campaigns across the country on ‘law and order.’
The White House Office of Management and Budget is to make further determinations in the coming month.
The financial stakes for a city of New York’s size are huge. Federal funding accounts for $7 billion in funding as it faces shortfalls amid the coronavirus, NBC New York reported.
This article was posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:23 am