Saturday, May 23, 2020. New York City – COVID-19 will leave us several lessons. How will people remember New York governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and police officers in New York City?
Most people affected by the coronavirus pandemic in New York state are Hispanics and Blacks. Most people that have died of COVID-19 in New York City are Hispanics and Blacks. Most people arrested for COVID-19 related incidents in NYC are Black and Brown. Most people that have received summonses for COVID-19 related incidents in NYC are Black and Latino.
NYPD police officers are giving summonses and arresting blacks and Latinos for violating social distancing rules, but looking the other way when white people break the rules.
“Stop And Frisk” was racial profiling and what the NYPD is doing today is racial profiling too. Social distancing has become the new Stop And Frisk. There are cases where NYPD officers lie and write false reports. As you can see in the videos below, this clearly shows racial profiling.
This will be the legacy of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea and NYPD police officers.
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, “more than 110 organizations, brought together by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to cut the NYPD budget, in order to protect and redirect resources to core social service/safety net programs run by other city agencies that will be essential for communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These groups expressed alarm at the executive budget’s proposed FY21 cuts to core services “while the NYPD’s budget seems largely untouched”. Groups including Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), Legal Aid Society, Make the Road New York, 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East, Girls for Gender Equity and NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, urged de Blasio and Johnson to “defund the NYPD’s harmful expansion into homeless services, schools, youth services, mental health and other social services where police don’t belong.”
Click the link to read more: https://www.changethenypd.org/releases/more-110-organizations-call-mayor-de-blasio-and-speaker-johnson-cut-nypd%E2%80%99s-budget-redirect
On Friday, May 22, 2020, at @NYCCouncil’s public safety committee hearing, CPR members, and other leaders called for complete removal of NYPD from enforcement of social distancing. They recommended public health professionals and community organizations.
This is what some people said during the hearing:
“It’s ridiculous, when do we end this? This NYPD is like Trump’s ICE. Cut their budget! I don’t need education from the NYPD [on Social Distancing], THEY need education on how to be a human being.” -Pilar de Jesus of @TakerootNYC.
“NYPD Social distancing enforcement is hazardous to our health and safety….instead we need free quality healthcare and public education on COVID19 NOT CONNECTED to the NYPD.” @monifabandele @MomsRising
“The violence is unacceptable, by NYPD officers, some of whom we have seen were not wearing PPE themselves.” -Victoria Davis, sister of Delrawn Small killed by the NYPD.
“The NYPD problems with unconstitutional policing endure. What we we’ve seen in videos and reports of social distancing enforcement harkens back to the same practices found unconstitutional by the Floyd v. City of New York court.”-Lupe Aguirre @theCCR
“If you are cutting all the other services, cut the police. In this pandemic, there is no reason for officers to be there terrorizing and brutalizing us…“ -Gwen Carr mother of Eric Garner
Click the link to read more: https://twitter.com/CPRAction
Democrat New York governor Andrew Cuomo, signed executive orders forcing people to keep a social distancing of 6 feet, stay home and to wear face covering on trains, buses and other places.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered NYPD police officers to give summonses and to arrest people not respecting the rules.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea agree with Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. Police officers started giving summonses and arresting people.
According to GayCityNews.com, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, “More than 50 activists participated in a Lower Manhattan protest that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams led on Monday afternoon against recent incidents of police brutality and overreach when enforcing rules on social distancing and gathering.
The protests came days after the NYPD released data which found that people of color are receiving most of the summonses and even getting arrested during enforcement of distancing requirements and the ban on outdoor gatherings in New York City during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Black and Brown New Yorkers are getting the vast majority of summonses for violating coronavirus social distancing rules, according to data released by the NYPD on Friday, May 8, 2020.
According to Politico, “Most of the criminal summonses, 51.6 percent, were given to black residents. Another 29.7 percent went to Latinos, according to city stats. In total, the NYPD has given out 374 tickets to people breaking rules banning gatherings and requiring people to keep their distance since March 16 — 304 of them, or 81 percent, went to black and Latino residents. The tickets carry fines of up to $1,000.”
Click the link to read more: https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2020/05/08/black-and-latino-new-yorkers-get-vast-majority-of-social-distancing-summonses-1283223
Data release by the New York Police Department on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 shows, 9 out of 10 people arrested for COVID-19 related incidents in NYC were Black and Hispanic.
Data from the NYPD shows officers made 125 arrests from March 16 to May 10 for COVID-19 related issues. Of 125 people arrested, 83 were black, 30 were Hispanic, 9 were white and 3 were Asian.
The New York Daily News report that, “An analysis by the Legal Aid Society found that while the majority of 311 complaints about people flaunting social distancing rules come from residents of the city’s predominantly white neighborhoods, most of the people given summonses or getting arrested for similar complaints are from black and Latino communities.
The study, released Wednesday (May 20, 2020) and based on the city’s own data, proves the NYPD conducts selective enforcement and still hasn’t figured out how to police minority neighborhoods without being overly aggressive, Legal Aid said.
“The NYPD should not be engaged in enforcing social distancing measures — period,” said lawyer Jennvine Wong of Legal Aid’s Cop Accountability Project. “These are public health measures. They are not public health experts.””
Watch the videos below. This will be the legacy of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, a mother was brutalized and arrested in front of her baby boy at the Barclays Center station in Brooklyn by NYPD and MTA officers. Police officers said the mother hit an officer and was escorted out of the station. The video below shows officers were lying.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said from now on, the NYPD will focus on breaking up large gatherings.
“The bigger the gathering, the more that needs to be done by the NYPD to make sure that gathering either never gets started to begin with or is quickly broken up. If we never need to take any additional enforcement action other than the NYPD showing up and people leaving, that’s the ideal by far. Summonses are an available tool and they will be given if people do not disperse, but the goal is to not even get to the point of summonses, just to make sure that large gatherings don’t happen.”
I guess NYPD police officers did not get the memo from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The videos below show NYPD officers are still terrorizing, traumatizing and arresting people of color.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea sent a memo to officers, saying in part, “Moving forward, however, we will no longer issue summonses or make arrests for infractions related to face coverings — absent of a crime or other violation being committed.”
Do you believe NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea? NYPD officer lie and write false reports.
Racist, white supremacist police officers should not be in charge of enforcing social distancing rules. Racist, white supremacist police officers will harass, terrorize, traumatize, give tickets, arrest people of color and let white people brake the rules.
“Cut the NYPD budget now: We need to save money, and we just don’t need this many cops”
Alex Vitale write on the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, “New York City spends more on policing than it does on the Departments of Health, Homeless Services, Housing Preservation and Development, and Youth and Community Development combined. That’s out of whack.
This week The Policing & Social Justice Project, which I coordinate, proposed a $1 billion reduction in the NYPD budget over four years.
When the City Council voted to hire 1,300 more police in 2015, we were told that this was a strategy to reduce overtime. It didn’t work. To get real reductions, we need to scale back on the activities that generate overtime like the over-policing of large events, many of which are likely to be canceled this year, and reducing enforcement of low level quality of life and drug offenses that often seem to occur towards the end of shifts, what has come to be known as “collars for dollars.”
The reduction of the NYPD budget by at least a billion dollars would, in fact, simply reduce the city’s spending on police to 2014 levels. More importantly, these sizable reductions would reduce the fiscal burden on the city in a time of major shortfalls and allow it to prioritize other social services, like youth programming and public health initiatives that will be crucial as New York recovers from COVID-19.
Click the link to read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-cut-the-nypd-budget-now-20200521-r42aumohlrg5vi7k7gxlkxfege-story.html
These are some other authoritarian politicians using police officers to arrest people.
Alexandra Sternlicht writes on Forbes.com, “Local police in the U.S. are arresting people who fail to comply with social distancing and stay-at-home orders. The American Civil Liberties Union cautions against this practice, saying jail time is potentially more dangerous, as it could expose detainees to COVID-19 and may disproportionately affect minority communities that are already highly policed.
The broad call for social distancing has also highlighted the economic challenges to following safe social distancing guidelines: Wealthy individuals with homes in suburbs can work comfortably from home, while this is virtually impossible for people who live in poverty, with cramped, crowded and uncomfortable spaces, according to Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center.
“Staying at home is a privilege. Social distancing is a privilege,” writes New York Times’ opinion columnist Charles M. Blow. “People can’t empathize with what it truly means to be poor in this country, to live in a too-small space with too many people, to not have enough money to buy food for a long duration or anywhere to store it if they did.”
Click the link to read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandrasternlicht/2020/04/06/arrested-for-violating-coronavirus-stay-at-home-mandates-police-are-jailing-alleged-scofflaws/#7f43089568a4
El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele.
Jonah Walters writes on jacobinmag.com, “The horrifying reality of quarantine containment centers — hurriedly established to detain people returning from overseas, as well as some workers who violate the mandatory domestic quarantine — further shows that what is unstable in normal times may well prove disastrous in times of crisis.
Bukele’s government has also turned to the state’s coercive institutions to enforce the country’s mandatory stay-at-home order, which was intensified on May 7 with the announcement of new rules regulating out-of-home tasks like grocery shopping. As of May 11, 2,424 people had been arrested for violating the stay-at-home order, more than double the total number of positive cases in the country (998).”
Click the link to read more: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/05/el-salvador-coronavirus-pandemic-repression-policing
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand.
Sunai Phasuk writes on hrw.org, “How can people “stay at home” if they are homeless?
Police arrested Tui, a homeless man in the city of Chiang Mai, on April 5 for violating the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew the Thai government imposed as an emergency measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
After police found him “wandering on the streets without permission from authorities or necessary reasons,” the Chiang Mai court sentenced Tui to 15 days in jail, which was suspended, and a fine of 1,500 baht (US$46). The judge decided not to put Tui in a three-day detention in lieu of paying the fine, which he could not afford.
The judge then ordered Tui, who usually slept on the floor of a local wet market, not to repeat the offense and not to leave home for seven days. Tui told me that he did not see how he could accomplish that: “I will just have to hide, hoping police don’t see me on the streets at night again.”
Click the link to read more: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/24/covid-19-curfew-arrests-thailands-homeless
Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.
“The Cambodian cases are part of a broader trend of Southeast Asian governments using the pandemic as an excuse to crack down on free speech. As the coronavirus continues to spread across the region, governments have adopted new measures, including emergency decrees, to slow the rate of infections. These efforts—while crucial to protect public health—have been accompanied by sweeping free speech restrictions under the pretext of combating the spread of false information and maintaining public order.
Many of these new regulations have been used to arrest, detain, or question hundreds of people for criticizing government handling of the crisis, or merely for sharing coronavirus-related information. Authorities have also resorted to strict measures against the press to censor and stifle independent media, confirming fears that authoritarian governments are exploiting the pandemic to advance their political interests.”
Click the link to read more: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/22/coronavirus-fake-news-arrests-quiet-critics-southeast-asia/
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