Maya Wiley, a candidate for mayor of New York, said she plans to tackle the gun violence epidemic in the Big Apple by siphoning millions of dollars from the NYPD to fund “community” prevention programs.
The far-left Democrat – who wants to fund the NYPD by a billion dollars in total – detailed her unorthodox plan on the “Maya for Mayor” website after admitting that shootings had risen 83% this year.
Calling the situation a “crisis,” Wiley revealed that she wanted to take $ 18 million from the NYPD to specifically create a “Participatory Justice Fund” to tackle gun violence.
The unusual move would see the money going directly to local community leaders in neighborhoods plagued by shootings. Leaders can then fund their own “innovative solutions” to help end gun crime.
Such solutions could include “expanding evidence-based therapeutic support programs,” including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for at-risk youth.
CBT is a popular type of therapy that “helps people learn to identify and change destructive thoughts” by becoming more aware of their thought patterns.
DBT, on the other hand, “helps patients find ways to accept themselves and deal with their emotions.” The techniques include “self-appeasement”.
Wiley also proposed that the money could also be used to expand summer youth employment programs to keep youth off the streets and gangs.
Maya Wiley, candidate for mayor of New York, said she plans to tackle the gun violence epidemic in the Big Apple by withdrawing millions of dollars from the NYPD to create a “Participatory Justice Fund”
The far-left Democrat – who wants to fund the NYPD with a total billion dollars – detailed the unorthodox plan on her ‘Maya for Mayor’ website (pictured)
Wiley was recently backed by fellow police advocate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said on Saturday: “We have the option of a candidate who can center people, racial justice, economic justice and climate justice.”
“(Wiley) has not only come to run for mayor, but he has experience and is dedicated to it a lifetime,” she added.
Speaking earlier this month, Wiley said: “I’m going to take $ 1 billion from the New York City Police Department and shift that money to create trauma-informed care in our schools, because when we do that the violence goes down and graduation rates go up.” , she said.
But she spoke about the matter even after being exposed for paying $ 550 a month for a private security car to patrol the leafy street where she lives in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Filming has increased by 83% this year. A gunshot victim is pictured being taken away on a stretcher following a shooting in Brooklyn on Thursday
This graph shows how serious crime – including assault and murder – has skyrocketed in New York City over the past 12 months
Asked about the apparent hypocrisy of New York Daily News last December, Wiley said, “I think it’s ridiculous and we shouldn’t have it.
“It is neither effective nor does it create the sense of community that I support. And I don’t think that reflects the real reality of our community in terms of whether it’s even necessary.
Wiley claimed his partner Harlan Mandel started paying the annual fee of $ 550 for the service without telling him, initially doing so after being “traumatized” by an assault in 2001 that had hospitalized him for six weeks. .
She said: “The complicating factor is that Harlan was assaulted after 9/11.
“To this day, if it is dark, he walks in the middle of the street, he does not walk on the [poorly lit] pavement. And he said, one night he was coming home from work and he saw the car down the block and it made him feel better.
“And so he started paying again and I had a really hard time saying ‘don’t do it’.
“It’s not necessarily rational, but it’s his response to the trauma, so it’s complicated for our family.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) supported civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley (right) for mayor of New York
Wiley and his neighbors spend $ 550 a year on a private security car to keep watch on the Brooklyn neighborhood
Wiley, who previously worked as attorney for outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, said: “I lived here for 20 years and around that time there was the assault on Harlan, which was horrible, and another assault of which I am up to date in our neighborhood. So that’s horrible, but that’s how likely you are to be a victim.
“And then there’s just the trauma or the fear because it’s so devastating if you are. It’s complicated from that point of view, but I don’t think it makes people any safer and I think there are a lot of ways to achieve the same goals differently.
Announcing his joy at being approved by the AOC on Saturday, Wiley said, “Having the support of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez means the world to me,” Wiley said. “AOC is a fearless champion of our city in Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez’s approval could help tip the election for Wiley, with a primary set to take place on June 22.
Wiley, (pictured) who runs on a police fundraiser, pays private security to patrol his Brooklyn neighborhood
AOC was even more unequivocal than Wiley on funding, stating: “Defining the policy means defining the policy.
“It doesn’t mean budget tricks or fun math. This does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education budget so that the same police remain in schools.
Defund the police has drawn criticism from those who believe he intends to get rid of law enforcement and encourage lawlessness.
Figures from the NYPD’s Compstate website show that serious crime increased 23.4% in May, compared to the same month last year.
Thefts soared to 1,082 in the 28 days to May 30, compared to just 726 for the same period in 2020.
Criminal assaults also increased by 22.6% over the same period, from 1,443 in May 2020 to 1,769 in May 2021.
The mayor of Blasio has been accused on several occasions of being “pro-criminal” by critics. They say his bail reforms – intended to avoid leaving people who can’t afford bail languishing in jail for months or years for petty offenses – free suspects on the streets for them to do. recur.
Morale among the NYPD has plummeted amid lukewarm support from de Blasio. Crime on the city’s public transport network – including its buses, subways and trains – doubled in May compared to May 2020, from 78 last year to 154 this year.