On Thursday, Democratic New York Rep. Ritchie Torres, contrary to some of his far-left colleagues, said that in New York City the push to defund the police is “dead.”
During an interview with MSNBC, Torres shared some surprising comments.
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Rep. Torres: ‘The defund police movement is dead in New York City and good riddance’
MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart asked the congressman for his response to new Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams, himself a former police officer, recently saying that defunding the police does not work.
Torres responded that he was in agreement.
“I agree with the Mayor,” Torres said. “The defund police movement is dead in New York City and good riddance.”
He wasn’t done yet.
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Torres continued, “And any elected official who is advocating for the abolition or even the defunding of police is out of touch with reality and should not be taken seriously.”
Perhaps Torres’ fellow New York colleague, far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez, a “defund the police” enthusiast, should have a listen.
Torres was a new member and won with 89%. It’s safe to say he’s not pandering to more conservative voters in a competitive district.
Rep. Ritchie Torres declares ‘Defund the Police’ dead in NYC https://t.co/JW62YZLXAd pic.twitter.com/4uAMVTLW8o
— New York Post (@nypost) February 3, 2022
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Crime A Major Issue
It is not only a problem in New York City that crime is a growing concern.
Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary has faced the matter numerous times over the past weeks and has tried to distance President Obama from those on the extreme left and who wish to cut funding for the police force.
New York City hosted a funeral last week for the officer who was killed while on duty.
Jason Rivera (22-year-old) was killed in a head shot. During his eulogy, Rivera’s widow Dominique Luzuriaga attacked the city’s district attorney for being soft on crime.
“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore, not even the members of the service,” she decried. “I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.”
Officer Jason Rivera’s widow calls out Manhattan DA Bragg:
“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe anymore… I know you were tired of these laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.” pic.twitter.com/hianXhdpJV
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