Mayor wants NYPD to ‘make home visits’ over non-criminal behavior that hurts feelings

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Even after defunding the New York Police Department, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio expects police officers to make home visits to New Yorkers who engage in non-criminal “hurtful” behavior.

De Blasio advocated these actions during the course of a press conference on Thursday, March 18.  The discussion in question begins at approximately the 32:30 mark in the video below.

During the press conference, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal asked de Blasio about hate crimes against Asian-Americans in New York City.

Referring to a New York Times article that stated that few of these incidents are charged as hate crimes, the reporter asked:

“Can you talk a little bit about what you would like to see the police do, or what the city can do… if they can do more?”

The mayor responded:

“I think we all can do more, and I think it is a reality we have to overcome, that some people experience something horrible and don’t know where to turn, or aren’t sure if they should report it.”

De Blasio next encouraged all New Yorkers, particularly Asian-Americans, to “please report what you see,” adding:

“We need to know if you’ve been treated wrongly, if you’ve been a victim of discrimination, if you have been a victim of a hate crime, if you’ve been a victim of violence based on who you are, we need to know about immediately.

“We need to know everything we can to find those who did it and bring them to justice, because I’m a believer that we of course need the bigger efforts, the education, the outreach, but we also need consequences.”

De Blasio went on to explain how he expected the NYPD to insert themselves into civil situations, saying:

“I also think that even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it’s NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they’ve done was very hurtful to another person, and could, if ever repeated, lead to criminal charges, that’s another important piece of the puzzle.”

The reporter next asked how the NYPD would confront someone if the situation was not a criminal case.

The mayor responded:

“One of the things officers are trained to do is give warnings.

“If someone has done something wrong, but not rising to a criminal level, it’s perfectly appropriate for a NYPD officer to talk to them, to say, ‘That was not appropriate, and if you did that on a higher level, that would be a crime,’ and I think that has an educating impact on people.

“I think that has a sobering impact that we need.”

De Blasio went on to suggest that there need not be a crime committed for police officers to confront people at their homes, saying:

“That’s why we need every report – by the way, if something might be a crime, if it’s not 100 percent clear, the NYPD is going to investigate. 

“I assure you if an NYPD officer calls you or shows up at your door to ask about something that you did, that makes people think twice. And we need that.”

After touting a new policy to widen the definition and tracking of hate crimes in the city, de Blasio then pointed fingers at former President Trump, saying:

“We all know that the forces of hatred were unleashed by Donald Trump.  That is not a news flash.

“We know more and more hate speech has occurred, more and more people who are hateful have felt emboldened.”

Such hatefulness, the mayor next asserted, requires “[aggressive]” followup with a strong showing by the police.

He said:

“We’ve got to deal with that aggressively, and part of it is to report everything, track everything and anything that might be criminal, prosecute, and anything that’s not criminal, still follow up on aggressively so people feel the presence of law enforcement in the city watching them to make sure this does not happen again.”

Counting heavily on the “presence of law enforcement” in matters such as hate speech certainly runs counter to de Blasio’s previous attitudes and actions toward the NYPD.

After all, de Blasio slashed the NYPD budget last year by $1 billion, resulting in thousands of calls going unanswered.

As violent crime in New York City continues to increase, de Blasio apparently believes that somehow the defunded NYPD will find the time and the resources to send officers to residences to deal with non-criminal behavior.

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Police unions: Want to know why violent crime is exploding in NYC? Stop blaming cops – start blaming ‘bail reform’

NEW YORK CITY, NY – While in the midst of looming police reform slated for the NYPD, law enforcement unions are asking lawmakers to take another look at bail reform to address the rising violent crime within New York City. 

Family members of the victims of gun violence stood beside representatives of law enforcement unions earlier in March to address rising violent crime within New York City. 

Brandon Hendricks and Shamoya McKenzie are among the young victims of senseless gun violence in New York City – which their mothers shared their heartache of losing their children at such young ages.

Eve Hendricks spoke about her 17-year-old son’s passing, who was a rising basketball star who was slated to play ball at St. John’s University in the fall of 2020, but was killed on June 29th while attending a friend’s birthday barbecue party: 

“My son deserved to live, deserved to live his dreams.”

The mother of Shamoya, Nadine McKenzie, recollected the murder of her 13-year-old daughter who was killed on December 31st of 2016 while she was coming home from basketball practice: 

“Shamoya was just 13 years old and, we were coming from basketball practice…she got shot by a stray bullet.”

Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, pointed the proverbial finger to bail reform, saying that there needs to be “legislation that will permit judges to keep criminals carrying illegal guns in custody.”

While police unions are pushing to have lawmakers review bail reform, details regarding the second phase of reforms slated for the NYPD were announced on March 12th. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, outlined the key areas associated with the reforms, which include decriminalization of poverty, increased transparency & accountability, and what was coined as community representation. 

The aspect related to community representation refers to NYPD officers actually living in the city which they serve. 

During the recent press conference in relation to rising gun violence in the city, PBA President Patrick Lynch explained that only 60% of NYPD officers actually reside in New York City. 

When explaining as to why that is the case, Lynch stated that many NYPD officers simply cannot afford to live in New York City: 

“Sixty percent of our members live in the confines of New York City. Why do they move out? Because they can’t afford to live in the city that we serve.”

Considering that police reform within the NYPD is inevitable in order to abide by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order delivered during the summer of 2020 (which mandates that police departments must adopt reforms by April 1st, 2021), DiGiacomo says the unions would like a “seat at the table” to discuss the upcoming reforms. 

Apparently, police unions have yet to be invited to this proverbial “seat at the table” – which PBA President Lynch believes is something that is long overdue: 

“Let’s have the discussion, a real discussion. Stop demonizing us for the job that we do.”

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