Socialists slam ‘bloated’ NYPD over criminal subways

The Democratic Socialists of America on Wednesday criticized Mayor Eric Adams for deploying an “bloated” police presence in the subway system that has failed to curb runaway crime.

The left-wing group’s NYC chapter released a scathing statement shortly after Adams announced the arrest of Frank James, the accused maniac who opened fire on a Brooklyn subway, shot dead ten and injured 19 others.

“Since Mayor Adams took office, the police force has maintained a bloated presence on our subways — including the 36th Street station where yesterday’s shooting took place: and now he’s cynically doubling down on that policy,” NYC-DSA said in a statement .

“This police presence did not prevent or deter the attack and did not prevent the perpetrator from fleeing the scene. The solution to a violent society is a peaceful society, and peace requires material security.

The left-wing group, which includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, condemned the “horrific tragedy” at Sunset Park.

“We cannot allow our city to turn tragedy into more violence,” the statement said.

But they added, “Increased policing doesn’t protect us — Mayor Adams’ public safety policies have failed New Yorkers.”

Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams called for a dual police presence in the subway system after the attack.
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The DSA — which spearheaded the hashtag and claimed cops were enforcing “white supremacy” — then attacked the new mayor, a retired transit cop.

The number of crimes per million drivers in February, the latest month of available data, was 2.6 – compared to 1.47 before the COVID-19 outbreak and 2.16 crimes per million drivers in February 2021.

Last year, the NYPD reported the highest number of subway attacks in 25 years.

DSA spokeswoman Sumathy Kumar said authorities should expand prevention programs and ensure infrastructure such as surveillance cameras is working.

“We must fight together for viable, sustainable, and effective solutions to public safety issues, crumbling infrastructure, our growing housing shortage, and widespread material insecurity. Our solutions must attack the root of the problem and be holistic,” the statement said.

In response to the DSA’s criticism, City Hall said the mayor said Tuesday the decision to step up subway patrols was made on the day of the subway shooting, while the suspect remained at large.

“On the day of the subway shooting and while the suspect remained at large, the NYPD made a one-day rotation, detaining day-shift transit officers with their night-shift colleagues to ensure the safety of New Yorkers,” das said City Hall spokesman Fabien Levy said.

“Mr. James was arrested in less than 30 hours as a result of the cooperation between our city, state and federal partners and the work they did yesterday and today.”

Alleged mass shooter Frank James is led out of the 9th Precinct by the NYPD and FBI after being arrested on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Frank James reportedly opened fire on a subway car in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.
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As part of its Defund the NYPD campaign, NYC-DSA said, “The police are not protecting us. They enforce white supremacy and exploitation by the billionaire class by force.”

“Cut NYPD budget and police by 50%, divest prison industrial complex and invest in community care, End Stop & Frisk, Close Rikers, No New Jails, Free Them All,” the socialist campaign said. Socialists slam ‘bloated’ NYPD over criminal subways


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