Baltimore, MD-This week, Baltimore City Council will review the proposed budget.
Protestors have been calling for the city to stop funding the police and putting the money into the community.
On Charles and North Avenue there is a Jack Young campaign billboard that has been spray-painted with the term "Defund BPD".
On Friday, the council will take up police funding -- a proposed $509 million from city coffers, according to the budget book.
The proposed budget is $3.8 Billion. About $100 million less than originally anticipated because of COVID-19.
Hundreds of residents have submitted written letters telling city leaders they want the police department abolished.
Some emails call for defunding the police and to divest interest in the BPD. Many of them also had a request, "Please change your budget to serve the community." They seek to cut dollars from the BPD and instead spend that money on "programs focused on community support and empowerment."
Councilman Eric Costello, the chairman of the city budget panel said, “I've heard interest from some council members about that. I've heard interest from other council members about not making cuts to the police department.”
Costello also cautioned: "I think we need to be very careful when we talk about the funding of police department that is under a consent decree from the federal government because we have a lot of things that we need to do to modernize this police department."
The council is required under the city charter to have a budget with the mayor's signature by June 26 at the latest.
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