New York – Attorney General Letitia James late Monday announced she is launching an investigation into whether the New York City Police Department has been targeting black and Hispanic riders on the subways.
The announcement comes amid growing scrutiny over the NYPD’s enforcement of the “theft of services” law and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s fare evasion regulations, James said.
In a letter to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, James requested fare evasion data and other information that would help determine whether officers have shown racial biases or engaged in discriminatory practices.
“We’ve all read the stories and seen the disturbing videos of men, women, and children being harassed, dragged away and arrested by officers in our city’s subway system, which is why we are launching an investigation into this deeply troublesome conduct,” James said in a statement. “If groups of New Yorkers have been unfairly targeted because of the color of their skin, my office will not hesitate to take legal action.”
Current and former NYPD officers have recently alleged in sworn statements that through at least 2015, the department had targeted black and Hispanic people for fare evasion and other low-level violations in the subway system, according to James.
She noted more recent data showed that between October 2017 and June 2019, black and Hispanic New Yorkers received almost 70 percent of all civil summonses for fare evasion but accounted for about half of the city’s population.
“Not so fast Letitia,” says the New York Post.
…this tells you nothing unless you determine what percentage of fare-beaters they are: James should have determined thatbefore announcing any wider investigation.
After all, 2018 crime stats show that minorities made up 93% of the suspects in murder cases, 81% in rapes, 92% in robberies and 80% in misdemeanors. Is James suggesting that cops are racists for making those arrests? Does she want officers to stop making them?
Also, she said, communities of color made up nearly 90% of arrests for fare evasion.
Police have denied any biases.
“The NYPD’s transit officers patrol day and night to keep six million daily riders safe and enforce the law fairly and equally without consideration of race or ethnicity,” Devora Kaye, a police spokeswoman, said in a statement.
City officials praised the review by James’ office.
Of course they do. New York City officials have proven time and again that their loyalties lie with the criminal element of the Big Apple, and not with the men and women who swore an oath to protect the city and its residents.
The announcement comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed to crack down on crime and fare evasion in the subway system by adding 500 additional uniformed officers to the transit system, a move that was not well received by the freshmen congresswoman from NYC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Jumaane Williams, the city’s public advocate, said James is right to look into whether there are “systemic injustices” being practiced by law enforcement as they expand their presence through the system.
“We can have better policing and safer streets and subways at the same time, and it’s critical that issues of enforcement bias are found, highlighted, and corrected — especially as the Governor moves forward with his plan for unaccountable officers on our trains,” Williams said in a statement.
And there you have it. One more city official saying that the problem in New York with fare evasion is not on the evaders, but rather on the cops. It’s all their fault.
Government officials in that city want us to believe that everything bad that happens in NYC is because they have so many cops, and they all suck.
Hey Jumaane, I would like to introduce you to one of those “unaccountable officers that work the subways.
Christine MacIntyre Hurley was attacked while outside a train. She was on duty and had her throat slit.
Here is part of her story.
I was doing 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. in the morning and I was boarding some trains to get to the train that I was assigned that evening.
What I would normally do is, one of my training officers had always reminded me, to go to the conductor’s position to tell them that you’re boarding the train, so if something happens, they know that you’re there.
So, I did that.
Boarded the train. Saw a lot of people that I went to the academy with.
There are musicians in the subway playing holiday music so it was very uppity, you know, very, very cheerful. I was really happy.
I got onto the train.
We started heading towards 59th and Lex (Lexington Avenue), and the motorman, the person that’s driving the subway, stopped the subway in the middle of the tunnel. The conductor came to me and said that there was somebody on the catwalk.
Now, if you don’t know what the catwalk is, the catwalk is about 19 inches long and it runs the whole entire subway system, for the most part, so that when there’s construction being done, the workers can walk on the catwalk.
It was cold obviously.
I remember at Roll Call, we were told to kind of be kind to the homeless, you know that there’s tons of homeless people. The majority of them are probably emotionally disturbed.
So, you’re to take these homeless people, if they’re in the system and they shouldn’t be there, and escort them out of the system. Don’t make any problems. Don’t arrest them.
So, when I heard from the conductor that there was somebody walking on the catwalk, of course, that’s a danger to a person when trains are riding through. I go and bring him into the train car and escort them off the system.
So, the train was stopped in the tunnel; the conductor opened the door and I’m looking out.
Now, like I said, between the wall of the subway and the train it’s about 19 inches. So, I looked out and I see this guy coming towards me. My whole thought is to bring him into the train, and he’s coming towards me. The train’s full of people and he stops, and I said I want him to get in.
“Sir, please come onto the train.”
And he stood there and looked at me. Obviously, he was not a normal, everyday person in the subway system on a catwalk. He brushes past me and I said you need to get onto the train. And he pushes me. So, I’m placing him under arrest now, because you touched me.
I said, “Get up against the train wall.”
Now we’re outside on the catwalk. People are all in the car.
Get up against the train and you know I’m going to I’m going to cuff him now.
I don’t have my gun out. I had my nightstick out because it wasn’t to that level.
So, he gets up and I go in to cuff him, he turns around and grabs my head and he slit my throat. So, right away I felt this. I was bleeding and I didn’t have my gun because my gun’s in my holster. I’m in winter uniform.
I have my nightstick. I slammed him over the head three times, and he didn’t go down.
He went crazy.
So, we started fighting and we’re, remember, we’re on 19 inches of catwalk and we’re fighting. And he’s coming down closer and closer to keep striking me with the blade. He’s shredding up my jacket. I have my bulletproof vest on.
He’s slit through the bulletproof vest but didn’t get any further in here.
He slit my arm. Of course, he slit my throat.
And we’re fighting. He’s going further and further down to try to slit my throat again.
And I grabbed on, through the tunnel, there’s this yellow banister.
Now, when I hit him three times, the third time I hit him, my baton flew.
So, I can’t get to my gun because he’s trying to now continue to slash me. I’m unblocking and grab on to the pole and I’m falling back. I figured that’s going to be the end.
So, the pole starts to give way. And as the pole gives way, I mean, I pull it off and I started hitting him with that to get some distance.
And the one half that hit him cracked in half, and he grabbed that and started hitting me with that. I was able to back up a little bit more and then able to get my gun out.
And by that time, he already turned from me and started walking to the back of the train.
Of course, the first thing that you learn, you know, you can’t shoot a guy in the back.
He’s no longer coming at me or anybody else for that reason.
So, I start walking and there is no radio contact in the subway, in certain spots.
There are dead spots.
No matter what I’m doing, I had the radio here and I’m calling and calling.
And I keep walking to him, I had my gun drawn.
I want to see where he’s going, but as I’m walking, I’m starting to lose all the feeling in my legs and my hands.
I’m thinking to myself, well, I’m going to bleed out because I’m not going to be able to hold anything anymore.
So, I get down.
I see where he’s going. He jumped down at the end of the train.
He’s now walking across the third rail, the train tracks there, and I’m still trying to get I turned back to go to where the doors were open on the train. I’m still trying to radio in and there’s nothing. Nothing. Nothing!
So, I get into the car and everybody’s screaming. All I hear are people screaming and three people grabbed me, they screamed at people to get up so that they could lay me down and start giving me medical attention.
And, they happened to be three people that work for the airlines. The one girl who had her scarf, took her scarf on and applied it to my neck and kept the pressure there. There was a couple there that were on their honeymoon, and he started playing with the radio and started radioing into operations.
So, they wouldn’t move the train because they were afraid that they might hit this guy. So, they kept the train there.
Finally, when they felt that it was clear, I told them while I was laying there where this guy was and a description. Finally, by the time the train got to 59thand Lex, at that station, the press was there ready.
That’s how long they had me sitting there.
One of the transit cops who I’ve been friends with, Joe McGarry, he picked me up and he carried me up I think, three flights of stairs, almost fell.
I had my 30 pounds, my belt on and everything and got me up there. By that time, all I saw was sirens and I heard sirens and police cars and they drove me over to Bellevue and they got the guy.
I identified him and they took me into surgery.
Well, I was happy to be alive.
On one of the reports, which really blew my mind later, on the 61 they call it, they had me D.O.A., but of course, that that was a mistake by whomever wrote the report.
See Jumaane, that is what cops in your subway system may encounter down there, but, go ahead and tell us how it was Christine’s fault that she nearly lost her life.
Now, back to the far-jumpers.
MTA spokesman Ken Lovett said, “All MTA customers are entitled to fair and equal treatment under the law.”
He said fare evasion costs the MTA $300 million a year and “should be addressed in a way that does not unjustly target any specific group or community. We are committed to assisting the Attorney General with her inquiry in any way we can.”
For the record, there are some prolific fare-jumpers in New York City.
Here is one of them.
I almost have to wonder why the men and women of the NYPD bother. Between a mayor who has nothing but disdain for them and DA’s and judges who literally release the very people that New York’s finest spend their days getting off the streets, it is a wonder that they get anything done.
Case in point: A Brooklyn man was arrested for the 18th time for subway “surfing” crimes. Police say that his actions have caused hundreds of delays for commuters. And his reward for his 18th arrest for the same offense? He was released without bail.
Isaiah Thompson, 23, was arrested most recently last Friday He turned himself in after he was spotted riding on the outside of a train near Manhattan’s Union Square.
Thompson was “subway surfing” outside a northbound 5 train when witnesses at the Union Square station spotted him and alerted authorities. NYPD officials said.
Police held Thompson in custody until Sunday when he was arraigned before a judge in Manhattan Criminal Court. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing and was released.
Turned himself in yet pleaded not guilty.
As of his most recent arrest, Thompson was still facing charges for similar crimes for which he was arrested in May. He is also accused of pulling the emergency brake on a northbound 2 train during the evening rush hour in Manhattan, causing delays for thousands of commuters.
NYPD has pushed for restrictions on individuals who have committed multiple offenses on New York City subways. They said Thompson shouldn’t be allowed to freely roam the transit system.
“If arrest and the current judicial penalties are not deterring behavior, we have an obligation to New Yorkers to use stronger methods to stop these offenses, including exclusion,” NYPD spokeswoman Devora Kaye said in a statement Monday.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Thompson remains free to enter subway stations and trains at will.
The Riders Alliance, a public transit-improvement advocacy group, cautioned against barring people from the subway system.
“We don’t support banning people from public space,” they said in a statement.
Never mind the fact that he is putting himself and others in danger. Forget the fact that his actions are causing hundreds of delays.
But this is the logic of NYC leadership, or more specifically, the lack of logic.
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