New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Calls for NYPD to Stop Stop Calling 911 for Robberies
The mayor of New York, Bill deBlasio, is calling for the NYPD to stop calling 911 for robberies and burglaries, citing the “policing culture of the NYPD.”
In a letter to the NYPD commissioner on Tuesday, de Blasio said he would like the department to focus more on community policing, which includes training for officers on how to identify and respond to potential threats.
“In recent months, the NYPD has made it clear that it is not interested in stopping the crime, but rather in ensuring that the crime is stopped,” the letter reads.
“As a result, we believe that it would be appropriate for the Police Department to adopt a policy that allows for the arrest of individuals who commit robberies and other crimes, including burglaries and robberies, in the name of community safety and prevention.
The city has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent robberies and for the police department to use excessive force, such as shooting at people who were fleeing or trying to hide in cars.
“When I hear stories about how the NYPD calls for help, I think it is important for us to not only speak up, but also to help.” “
We are a small community of less than 4,000 people,” de Blasio wrote.
“When I hear stories about how the NYPD calls for help, I think it is important for us to not only speak up, but also to help.”
De Blasio added that “the police department should be trained on how not to use unnecessary force, not on how it should be using force.”
The city also has faced criticism for its lack of support for mental health workers, and some have expressed concern that the police will continue to push for mental healthcare services despite a citywide crackdown on the practice in recent years.
“We need to be clear that mental health services and mental health professionals are not just for the rich and powerful,” deBlassy wrote.