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“If we don’t come together as a movement, we will get billionaires to build a New York City by and for billionaires, and we need a city of and for workers, ”he announced today Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC), New York representative on the National Capitol, your support for attorney Maya Wiley among the many Democrats who will participate in the primaries for Mayor of NYC on June 22.
Wiley, who was a management adviser to the unpopular outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, is lagging behind in the polls and has launched a “racial justice” platform. In one of the latest messages from your campaign, on Tuesday he said that the agents of The NYPD does not view her or other black New Yorkers as “people who deserve to breathe.”
That same day, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, again blamed the New York bail reform in 2020 as part of the reason for the increase in crime. “This is crazy”, She complained.
As a solution, on Thursday Ocasio urged politicians to stop building more prisons to tackle violent crime and instead provide more hospital services and advice to lawbreakers who suffer mental diseases.
The self-defined “socialist” congresswoman and emerging leader of the left wing of the Democratic Party who supported Bernie Sanders over Joe Biden for the presidency in 2020, he made the remarks during a press conference at Jacobi Hospital in The Bronx on Thursday, along with the majority leader of the Senate (D), Chuck Schumer, and Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-Westchester). There they talked about a program about crime prevention and reduction through a community outreach plan called “Stand Up To Violence” (SUV).
Later, Schumer, through a spokesperson, declined to comment on Ocasio’s suggestions against prisons, which led to various critics, amid a crime boom in New York that, even the State Democratic Party leader Jay Jacobs has linked to controversial legal reforms recently approved.
In contrast to Ocasio’s suggestions, in New York the rise in crime has gone hand in hand with a drop in arrests and a decrease in the prison population to avoid infections during the pandemic.
“If we want to reduce violent crime, if we want to reduce the number of people in our prisons, the answer is to stop building more,” Ocasio said, citing New York Post. “The answer is to make sure that we actually build more hospitals, pay the organizers, give people mental health care and general health care, employment, and so on. It is to support the communities, not to push them away ”.
The congresswoman from New York called the prisons “garbage cans” for people who really suffer from mental health problems. “When you open the door of a jail and look at who is inside, a huge number of people are dealing with untreated mental health problems,” he said.
“It is not acceptable for us to use prisons as garbage cans for human beings. We need to treat people and therefore it is not a place for us to cast people for whom we do not want to invest in the real holistic problems of their lives, “he said.
Among the main critics stood out the also congresista Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), who wrote on Twitter: “If AOC had their way. . . there would be no jails, no arrests, no police (except your private security). New York City would become a 24/7 movie set for ‘The Purge.’
Last month, Malliotakis asked in a letter to the president Joe Biden and to fiscal general Merrick Garland send the feds to the city to help in the an apparent losing battle against rising crime, amid fights and indictments between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and unions and law enforcement leaders.
As president, Donald Trump announced several times to intervene in NYC last year, but did not materialize it. Since then the situation has worsened. The shooting incidents are up 82% this year compared to 2020, according to the NYPD.
The criminal reform has been charged with the increase in crime in NYC since last year, in addition to the release of prisoners to avoid coronavirus infections in prisons and the changes in the police budget implemented in the summer, which led to retirements and massive resignations, between social tensions and a spike in crime, creating a vicious cycle.
“If we don’t come together as a movement, we will get a New York City built by and for billionaires, and we need a city by and for working people,” @aoc said. “So we will vote for Maya No. 1.”
By @katieglueck https://t.co/SeLSAk7okl
— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) June 5, 2021
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) June 4, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.