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Bill Barr threatens to DEFUND ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ New York, Portland and Seattle for failing to stop riots

THE JUSTICE Department has threatened to pull federal money from "anarchist jurisdictions" including New York City; Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

In a statement set to release Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr labeled the three cities as "anarchist jurisdictions" and said tax dollars cannot be wasted when the safety of citizens "hangs in the balance."

"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.

"It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse the course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens," he added.

The New York Post reported that White House budget director Russ Vought will issue guidance to federal agencies for withdrawing the funds in under two weeks.

On September 2, President Trump issued a memo instructing Vought to redistribute funds from cities such at New York that slashed police budgets while tolerating violent protests.

Trump mentioned Mayor Bill de Blasio by name in the memo saying he offered Federal law enforcement assistance to the Mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who allegedly rejected the offer.

"While violence has surged, arrests have plummeted. In a 28-day period during the months of June and July, [New York City] arrests were down 62 percent from the same period in 2019," the memo reads.

"Amidst the rising violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council agreed to cut one billion dollars from the New York Police Department (NYPD) budget, including by cancelling the hiring of 1,163 officers."

In July, New York City approved a $1billion cut from the $6 billion police department budget.

The Justice Department said the Big Apple also made the list due to the fact that some district attorney's have not prosecuted people arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

According to The Post, Portland was labeled an "anarchist jurisdiction" due to more than 100 consecutive days of protests while Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected federal help.

In June, the city council voted to cut the police department budget by $15 million.

Seattle made the list largely because of a "autonomous zone", Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, that lasted for nearly a month.

The Washington city also voted in August to cut the police department's budget by approximately $3 million.

According to King5, Seattle was on the list due to person-related crime in the CHOP increasing 525% from the same period of time in the same area the year before.

In a recent press briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said federal defunding of cities is legal, due to the 1987 U.S. Supreme County decision in South Dakota v. Dole.

The list of cities labeled as "anarchist jurisdictions" that will be subject to federal defunding will be updated periodically.

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