Years of police reforms in New York City have failed to bring real accountability--even in cases of appalling acts of police brutality. Incremental change has failed to put an end to disproportionately aggressive policing in communities of color. And the repeated, excessive use of force against peaceful protesters over the past 10 days only proves how broken policing remains in our city.
Here’s the choice we need to make now: we must move funding out of the NYPD into vital social programs.
The funds NYPD cuts would free up can be invested in the kinds of programs that help make our city safer and healthier: school social workers, job training, mental health & addiction services, community healthcare, afterschool programs, support for struggling small businesses, and, importantly, summer youth employment.
One thing is very clear - as we reallocate resources from the NYPD to our communities, we must make a commitment to focus a large portion of these funds to programs that support the underprivileged youth of New York City.
I hope you will join me next Tuesday for a community Q&A with Khary Lazarre-White - Executive Director & Co-Founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) - to discuss what we can do to invest in programs that are working to uplift young adults in the city and what you can do to help