Demonstrators: Don't Hire More New York Police Officers

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APNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and NYPD police commissioner Bill Bratton, center, stand on stage during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony.
NEW YORK (AP) — A small group of demonstrators is protesting at New York City Hall against the possibility of hiring 1,000 new police officers.

More than a dozen folks chanted "No new cops!" Tuesday morning.

Several of them held signs that singled out individual city council members, demanding that they not "betray" their communities by advocating for more police officers.A council proposal to hire the new officers has become a sticking point in the new budget.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has not supported the move though his police commissioner has signaled some support for the idea.

The advocates believe that the additional officers will add strain to the at-times-tense relations between the police and communities of color.

Proponents of the plan say it will lead to more effective and equitable policing.
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