The Harlem politician is urging AOC to stay away from her community

A veteran Harlem lawmaker has slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for supporting her rival in the Democratic primary and vowed to flatly oppose the socialist arsonist’s “defund the police” agenda.

“AOC supports the defunding of the police. My community opposes the defunding of the police,” said Assemblyman Inez Dickens, who is up for re-election to a fourth term after previously serving on the city council.

Ocasio-Cortez endorses housing activist Delsenia Glover in the 70th Assembly District against incumbent Dickens.

As The Post reported Monday, AOC has backed a list of insurgent candidates along with the left-wing Working Families Party to overthrow seven incumbent Democrats, including Dickens.

The Defund the Police mantra became a rallying cry for AOC and other progressives after police killed a handcuffed and prone George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has previously defended her position on police defunding.
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Delsenia Glover
Delsenia Glover is a housing activist running for office in the 70th Assembly District.

But Republicans attacked Democratic candidates in the 2020 general election, saying the defunding of the police movement condoned lawlessness amid a rise in crime. Some Democrats have accused the left’s push of disappointing the police by costing party seats, while Eric Adams won the mayoralty of New York City last year as an opponent of eviscerating the NYPD.

Now mainstream Democrats like Dickens, facing primaries from AOC-backed challengers from the left, are making the congresswoman eat her own words as violence grips the city.

Dickens said Ocasio-Cortez was at odds with the Harlemites, who were fed up with crime.

“There have been so many shootings in my community. My constituents are crying out for more police. They want to be able to call the police,” Dickens said.

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Dickens thinks AOC is too aloof when it comes to handling crime in NYC.
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Dickens in March was one of the first prominent black Democratic lawmakers to publicly say lawmakers must tighten the no-cash bail law to stem a crime spate and propose a bill that would make throwing or smearing feces or other bodily fluids on a victim a Felony crime – after a sicko allegedly smeared his own shit on a woman on a Bronx subway platform.

“AOC is trying to build a political agenda that my community disagrees with. She’s trying to take over the congregation, she’s trying to take over Congress,” Dickens said.

“She opens up about her political agenda following a subway shooting after ten people were slaughtered in Buffalo after an innocent 11-year-old was shot by a guy on a scooter. Who will monitor us? We can’t have a police-less society unless we have a junta,” Dickens said.

The AOC-backed challenge to Dickens, 72, is no idle threat. Democratic Socialist Kristin Richardson was elected to represent Harlem on the council last year.

Dickens is part of the Harlem establishment. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Lloyd Dickens, a former state assemblyman, and her uncle, Thomas Dickens, who was also an assemblyman and state judge.

Ocasio-Cortez had no immediate comment.

But the congresswoman has often defended her support for defunding the police, claiming her position has been mischaracterized. It’s about shifting resources from law enforcement to other services to reduce poverty and prevent crime, she said.

“What does an America with a defunded police force look like to you? The good news is that it doesn’t actually take much imagination. It looks suburban,” AOC said in June 2020.

“Wealthy white communities already live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing, etc. more than the police. These communities have lower crime rates not because they have more police, but because they have more resources to support them [a] healthy society in a way that reduces crime.

“When a teen or young person does something harmful in a suburban area (I say teen because this is where life imprisonment cycles often begin for black and brown communities), white communities bend over backwards to find alternatives to incarceration for their loved ones to protect them protect the future’, such as community service or rehabilitation or restorative measures.”

Inez Dickens
The Harlem legislature is seeking re-election to a fourth term.
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Ocasio-Cortez continued, “Wealthy white suburban towns also shape their own lives so that they go about the world without much disruption or interaction with the police, aside from community events and speeding tickets (and many of those communities try to reduce these as well!)”

During a town hall meeting following the 2020 election, AOC said: “I believe the road to justice is a long one. Security is not just an officer with a badge and a gun.”

“Our [police budget] is too high,” she said, citing a $6 billion figure for the NYPD. The Harlem politician is urging AOC to stay away from her community


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