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Maya Wiley’s choices, and NYC’s: The city is at a crossroads on crime, again

Maya Wiley’s choices, and NYC’s: The city is at a crossroads on crime, again
When Maya Wiley, the civil rights attorney and former de Blasio counsel who’s running for mayor, put out her first big position paper earlier this month, a gun violence prevention plan, what stood out was what wasn’t there: any productive role for the NYPD.

When Maya Wiley, the civil rights attorney and former de Blasio counsel who’s running for mayor, put out her first big position paper earlier this month, a gun violence prevention plan, what stood out was what wasn’t there: any productive role for the NYPD.Wiley’s plan defines gun violence — which has roughly doubled in New York City in this most unusual year — as “a public health crisis built on the failure to address racial equality” and interrelated with the coronavirus public health crisis and its economic impact on Black and Latino New Yorkers in particular.To prevent gun violence, she’s proposing a brand new $18 million Participatory Justice Fund “established with money redirected from the NYPD budget” for “communities identified by their rates of gun violence” to “support a democratic process” to identify and develop their own ideas for “transforming potential perpetrators into community investors and shareholders of public safety” by doing things like “partnering with on-the-ground leaders to negotiate shooting truce/ceasefires (and) coordinating existing city resources to provide job training and relocation.In order to prevent gun violence, we need to return the public back to public safety and commit to actions that genuinely keep people safe in our communities and in our schools and hold officers who abuse their power accountable, while focusing police resources in appropriate areas, like keeping guns out of our communities to begin with.

” That tacked-on bit at the end is it in terms of what the plan says the NYPD should be doing about gun violence.And then it punts: “We need to fix policing in this city, and we will soon be releasing my full policing plan” before concluding with three schools-related “public safety efforts that prevent rather than exacerbate gun violence,” presumably in contrast to policing efforts.

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