NYC mayor’s wife encourages citizens to confront criminals as police are defunded: ‘You can learn’

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NEW YORK CITY — The wife of the city’s mayor wants unarmed and untrained residents to “physically intervene” to stop criminals who have become emboldened since her husband supported the “defund police” movement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support of the movement redirected funds from police to youth initiatives and social services and backfired with a skyrocketing number of shootings and homicides throughout the city.

Shootings in New York City doubled in 2020 and were up 75 percent last month compared to a year prior. Burglaries have also increased, and violent, unprovoked crimes against Asians have become endemic, Daily Wire reported.

On Feb. 26, 46-year-old Yong Zheng was stabbed to death as he tried to help the victim of a robbery in Brooklyn.

Police arrested 45-year-old William Smith for Zheng’s murder, but sources say at least two other accomplices are still on the loose.

On March 6, de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, tweeted a thread telling the city’s residents to confront criminals. She provided “guidance” for an untrained and unarmed citizenry:

“As attacks on Asian American communities continue, we’re asking New Yorkers to show up for their neighbors and intervene when witnessing hateful violence or harassment.

“I know that can be frightening when you aren’t sure what to do or say, but you can learn.”

 

McCray then attempts to reassure her “cadets” that fear is completely normal:

“Fear is a normal feeling when stepping into a confrontation, but being prepared can help. 

“I’ll share @iHollaback’s 5 D’s, which are easy to remember tactics that we can all use to de-escalate a situation. D is for Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct.”

McCray then explains the five Ds with more detail:

“1. Distract. Take attention away from the person causing harm, the hate crime or incident survivor, or situation itself. Just try interrupting it. Ignore the harasser and engage directly with the person who is being targeted by asking a question like, ‘What time is it?’”

McCray did not explain the procedure that should be followed if the crime victim responds, “Are you stupid or something? Why not ask the criminal?”

Next, is the delegation of crimefighting duties to actual authorities:

“2. Delegate: Scan a situation to assess risk and determine how to best intervene, and delegate tasks.​​ Take a look at your surroundings. If you can, find someone in a position of authority, tell them about the situation and ask if they can help.”

Nice, but there are fewer people in “a position of authority” these days due to “defund the police.” Good luck with that second D.

McCray then urges documentation of the crime:

“3. Document: Support a person in crisis by recording on your phone or writing notes, but please don’t share a video without the consent of the person being harmed.​ Say the date and time, and show the location if you can. Most importantly, keep a safe distance!”

Hopefully, the person being harmed is in a physical and mental condition to give consent from a distance.

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Next, McCray points out the benefit of a delayed response to a victim:

“4. Delay: Check in with the survivor after the incident. This shows them that they are valued.

“This is a great way to support your neighbor if you aren’t feeling confident in the moment. Ask how they’re doing, if they need support or if you can help them file a report.”

The “delay” tactic only applies to survivors of crimes, not dead ones.

The final tactic is acknowledged as “risky” by McCray, but she calls for direct physical intervention:

“5. Direct: Respond directly to the aggressor or physically intervene and only after assessing the situation. Be confident, assertive, calm. This is risky, but sometimes all we can do is speak up. If the harasser responds, try your best to focus on assisting the person targeted.”

McCray does not offer another option for the timid or explain what happens if a Good Samaritan gets injured or killed.

For that reason, @abzofsteel1 on Twitter added another D to her list: “6: Death.”

The Twitter user then included a screenshotted news headline about Zheng’s death, which read, “Arrest Made in Stabbing Death of Good Samaritan Who Tried to Stop Robbery in Brooklyn.”

Another Twitter user, @UWSangel, suggested the sixth D should be dialing the police:

“What about the 6th D??? DIAL THE POLICE!”

Some thought McCray’s list was too short so they came up with an additional D. @ThatshortdudeM posted:

“Don’t forget the 6th D – : Die for trying to intervene in a violent situation. All that bs could be avoided by using the one D – :dial. Call a cop. They’re trained for this. Give them their billion back and get to hiring.

“Looking like the 7th D – : Dumbass.”

The social media blowback was intense.

Many complained that McCray’s tweeting of tactics would put residents’ lives in danger.

Some pointed out their hesitancy to get involved due to issues of potential racism.

McCray has frequently pointed out anti-black racism and has a tense, if not broken, relationship with the city’s police. Last April, de Blasio named his wife co-chair of the city’s Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity.

Daily Wire reported that the New York Police Department listed 20 arrests for alleged anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020. Most of the suspects were black.

Then last June, de Blasio put his wife in charge of a “Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation” to examine whether monuments and buildings honoring founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be removed or renamed because of their association with slavery, the New York Post reported.

McCray had overrode residents’ vote to erect a statue honoring Mother Frances Cabrini, an Italian-American nun, saying that although the Catholic nun “set an example of compassion and leadership that resonates powerfully today… it will take many more years to correct centuries of neglect and the glaring gender and ethnic imbalance in our public spaces,” according to Daily Wire’s report.

McCray’s desperate tweet for crimefighting help is a serious acknowledgment that de Blasio’s policies are not keeping residents safe in New York City.

Crimefighting is best left to the police who are armed, trained and experienced in handling dangerous situations. Fund the police and make the Big Apple safe again.


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