Speaking to constituents, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talked about the uptick in crime in New York City. New York City and all of New York has been run by Democrats for forever. All the problems NYC has can not be blamed on the police or Trump or Republicans, but it needs to be placed on the backs of the Democrat leadership in that city and state. Listen to what she says, and remember who runs New York City, Democrat Corey Johnson, and the state of New York, Democrat Bill De Blasio, and remember who has been making the decisions for the city and state for more than 50 years.
AOC talks about uptick in crime in New York City – Full Speech Video Interview Here
AOC talks about uptick in crime in New York City – Partial Sppech Video
AOC Speech Transcript For Video Above
So, why is this uptick in crime happening? Well, let’s think about it. Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now, the fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession. Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent. And so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you, maybe, have to, they’re put in the position where they feel like they either needs to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night. Um, maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions have not been given to everyone. Maybe its because of the fact that people have, some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet, or that people haven’t been carved out yet. We are at the time in this pandemic of unprecedented economic desperation, I will bet the farm that, that that has way more to do with any uptick in crime, than the New York City Police Department’s budget. Because all those billions of dollars some how have not prevented the uptick in crime that we’re seeing right now. And the definition of insanity is choosing to do the same thing over and over and over again expecting different results. So you want to put more money, and crime is ticking up, more money and crime is taking up, more money and crime is taking up. Why do you expect a different result. Maybe if you rewind, zoom out do now and give people repeated stimulus checks so that they feel like they can stay in their homes, maybe we’ll see a mitigation of crime. Maybe if we actually funded schools, and instead of having 10 cops pat kids down on their way to class, maybe if they had 10 social workers or counselors or nurses saying “how are things going at home?” Are you, one in six children in the New York City public school system is homeless. one in six kids. How about we care about giving those kids a stable place to live so that they don’t feel, you know, that they don’t feel that they have to go out. What if we actually funded the Summer Youth Employment Program so that teenagers aren’t hanging out with nothing to do, being teenagers. That is how you bring down crime, not putting 10 more tanks on the damn street. That’s not how you do that, and by the way, one more thing. It takes, people who hold a curling iron in a hair salon have to go through more hours of training than a police officer does to wield a deadly weapon. If we gave them, we have given a New York City Police Department 6 billion dollars. If they, they are choosing not to spend that money on education and training. They are choosing to spend, to not make those choices. And so at this point, if you think more money is going to solve this problem, I’m sorry I am in, I have a deep disagreement, I have come to a very different conclusion. And I am of the belief that crime is a symptom of a diseased society that neglect it’s most marginalized people and we do not solve that problem with police. Police policing and can be a Band-Aid, or make some people feel like it’s a Band-Aid, but it is not, it it is not the solution to crime.