What better way for New Yorker’s to ring in the New Year than a good old-fashioned NYC subway brawl, right?
However, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there’s no issues on the subway trains, and no need to hire police officers for the MTA.
Video clips that have recently emerged say otherwise.
The videos in question shows two individuals fighting on the number 6 train out of the Elder Avenue station in the Bronx. New York City Police say the altercation took place around 7 am on New Years Day.
In one recording, a male and female can be seen in a full-on brawl in the middle of the train car. A male subject, dressed in tan and white, kicks and punches a woman who is dressed in all black, before she falls to the ground.
In a second clip, the female gets up off the ground and kicks and punches the male repeatedly. In a third and longer clip, the male can be seen dragging the female onto the subway platform by her hair.
Subway passengers can however be heard on the video clips saying things like “Happy New Year” and another telling the male to “Yo man, step out,” yet nobody steps in to stop the onslaught.
Someone on the train did however contact police, who located the couple on the platform they had taken the fight out onto. At the time of the NYPD officer’s arrival the physical altercation had ended.
The NYPD released that both suspects were questions by police. The female expressed to police that it was simply a verbal altercation between her and the male party, and that no one was injured. At the time the NYPD met with the individuals, there was no physical injury to either party, and neither wanted to press charges. No formal complaint was filed by the officers.
Fast forward a few days, and of course, the videos start to stream out. Police are now looking to identify the two individuals in the videos.
While many people took the time to record the actual fight in progress, no one stepped in to attempt to stop the bout. And in today’s world should we expect anything different?
Probably not. Then again, why should they? There should be MTA officers on those trains for these exact situations.
That’s exactly what Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attempting to do with the hiring of 500 new MTA officers, as assaults on the subways have risen dramatically over the last year.
“These additional police officers will enable us to continue to focus on getting the homeless the help that they need, in conjunction with the city. They will help us in terms of fare evasion, and they’ll also help us in terms of making sure our staff are properly protected,” Andy Byford transit chief told reporters earlier this year.
Of course, like everything else law enforcement related, most Democrats in the city are against this new hiring.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democrats sent a letter to Cuomo demanding that he spend money on upgrading the subway and bus systems rather than spending it on officers to combat fair evasions and other subway crimes.
New York Democrats feel that cracking down on fare jumpers will unfairly target the black and brown communities who currently struggle to pay the $2.75 subway fare and are living in poverty.
“Arresting hard-working people who cannot afford a $2.75 fare is, in effect, the criminalization of poverty,” she wrote in the letter to Cuomo “Desperately needed resources would be better invested in subway, bus, maintenance, and service improvements, as well as protecting riders and transit workers from assault rather than in the over-policing of our communities.”
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In true AOC fashion of spewing out ideas but not really having any comprehensive or logical solutions to bak it up, she said, “Instead of patrolling the turnstile, existing police officers should focus on the threats faced by MTA employees.”
She when on to later add that “doing so would also save the MTA money by curbing costs to cover for injured workers.”
According to the New York post, ‘Assaults against subway workers are up 39% from last year, according to the MTA’s largest labor union. Fare evasion is also growing, and the cash-strapped agency lost $240 million from it between March 2018 and March 2019.’
$240 million lost in a single year because individuals are skipping out on paying their fares. Need we remind AOC of basic math that, adding more officers would allow both of those numbers to decrease?
Democrat City Council Speaker Corey Johnson expressed to reporters earlier this year that, “So many people that are not paying the fare and evading the fare can’t afford it. We need to work on fare evasion, but I don’t think we need a hammer.” Again, another politician complaining about an issue but not providing any comprehensive idea to fix the problem.
The New York Post also reported that ‘two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s three reps — Bob Linn and David Jones — cited the decision to hire more police officers as a reason for their votes against the budget.’
In a statement released by the MTA chair Pat Foye stated, “We will not engage in politics when it comes to public safety: New Yorkers deserve to have reliable service and feel secure on our system – these priorities are one and the same. Adding additional uniformed police officers across the MTA will help ensure safety and quality of life for our eight million daily customers.”
Along with AOC, others that signed on to her letter include Congressman Jose Serrano and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, US Rep. Jerrold Nadler along with State Sen Luis Sepulveda, State Sen. Jessica Ramos, State Sen. Julia Salazar and State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi. Again, with none offering any comprehensive solutions to the issues at hand.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Cuomo: Stop Criminalizing Poverty with Your ‘Dangerous’ Subway Cop Plan https://t.co/eil3gJLl5u
— Annette Blankenship (@DoNotGiveUpHope) December 22, 2019
It should also be noted that the MTA in response to AOC’s letter has provided a list that includes over 40 incidents that have been covered by the media since Nov. 1 2019 that have all “required police attention.” That’s 40 were covered by media outlets in a little over a month, imagine the number of incidents that didn’t get picked up?
But again, AOC and other New York Democrats feel that the MTA should only deploy the officers they have and should not be allowed to hire anymore for fear of over policing.
The NYPD’S Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted out the video from the altercation that took place on January 1st calling out ‘the squad’ member stating, “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think the Governor should add 500 more MTA police officers to make the subways safer. Watch & you decide as a woman is assaulted, thrown to the ground and kicked. This is a NYC subway.”
Congress woman Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think the Governor should add 500 more MTA police officers to make the subways safer. Watch & you decide as a woman is assaulted, thrown to the ground and kicked. This is a NYC subway. https://t.co/5tJEZ9q6P0
— SBA (@SBANYPD) January 3, 2020
Perhaps these politicians should ride the subways more frequently, or I’m sure in some cases – at all- and see what their constituents deal with on a daily basis. As a reminder, many of those very officers and MTA workers are also be their constituents.
Riding the subway now is like fighting in MMA.
— Pedro Depiedra (@pedrodepiedra1) January 3, 2020
Food for thought!
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