New York City crime: Is Maya Wiley what the city needs?

Major US cities are experiencing historic murder rates after 2020 saw a 33% increase in homicides. In New York City alone, shootings increased by 73% in last month compared to May 2020.

Scary thing is, if that’s not enough, this is before the summer spike in crime.

New York Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed attorney and activist, Maya Wiley last week for Mayor of New York City.

This alone should raise warnings about whether Wiley is what the crime-plagued city needs at this point in time; however, lets look at what Wiley says on her website.

Maya Wiley has made it clear: there is no leading New York City out of the crisis we’re in without cleaning up policing and ensuring it protects our communities.

Maya Wiley is presenting the most comprehensive and substantial police reform proposal ever issued by a major candidate for Mayor, here are some examples:

  • Rewrite the rules of policing and reimagine the job so police officers focus on problems they can help solve.
  • Bring the NYPD budget in line with our values and priorities–What does that mean?–Invest in our communities by cutting at least $1 billion from the NYPD budget to fund investments in alternatives to policing and Conduct a full audit of the NYPD’s budget to assess how funding is currently distributed and make additional necessary cuts.
  • Freeze the incoming NYPD and DOC cadet classes for two years (diverting funding to a Universal Community Care income during that period) while fundamental policy and rules changes are taken within the police department that will reshape training for future classes.
  • Overhaul the Patrol Guide, which details the rules that govern policing, particularly around the use of force.

This is just a sample of where Wiley wants to take the crime fighting capabilities of the NYPD.

Is this what NYC needs?

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