Something AOC Said In 2019 Just Came Back To Bite Her Big Time

Back in 2019, radical leftist and “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued against increasing the police presence in New York City’s subway system. This is quickly coming back to haunt her as violence in NYC’s subway system has recently rocked the city.

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Instead of increasing the police presence, AOC and others argued that the city should “divest from this current model of criminalization.”

AOC believed resources would be better spent on “maintenance and service improvements,” rather than law enforcement.

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“In our view, desperately needed resources would be better invested in subway, bus, maintenance and service improvements,” the letter sent to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said.

“We are urging the MTA to divest from this current model of criminalization,” the letter continues.

“Instead of patrolling the turnstile, existing police officers should focus on the threats faced by MTA employees,” the letter continued.

“Punishing the poor does not create a safer environment. Instead it threatens the very foundation of our community,” AOC said in a tweet that included the letter. “That is why my New York colleagues and I wrote a letter to @NYGovCuomo asking him to help put an end to MTA’s dangerous policing policy.”

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The letter was written in response to Cuomo’s plan to hire additional police officers to patrol the subways to deal with widespread violence and fare evasion. However, Cuomo’s plan was ultimately put on hold when the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020.

AOC’s letter is under increased scrutiny after a shooter shot and injured at least 30 people on a New York subway. The letter cited “historic racial disparities in enforcement” and said an increased police presence would harm “communities of color”…

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The letter was signed by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), former Rep. Jose Serrano, and state Senators Michael Gianaris, Luis Sepulveda, Jessica Ramos, Julia Salazar, and Alessandra Biaggi.

Ocasio-Cortez, Nadler, Biaggi, Ramos, and Salazar have all advocated for defunding the police, according to the New York Post.