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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 04:56 AM

Someone making sense

Black Lives Matter NY President: Crime Needs To Be Looked At As A Health Issue, Not A Police Issue

"What I'm talking about is systemic inequality. What I'm talking about is America treating crime as -- as something that needs to be handled with policing instead of defunding the police and looking at crime from the perspective that it's a health crisis
The same way we looked at heroin addiction when it was only black people as 'tough on drugs, war on crime.' We have -- and when it became white people, we looked at it as a public health crisis, as something that needs to be treated."

"But you have corporate lawyers, you have Ivy League graduates who are out there protesting, right? Stop trying to vilify those who are out there fighting and try to understand why they're out there fighting."

"They're fighting because the government has failed us. The government spends too much money on failing programs. The government is beholden to corporations, right?"

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/06/29/black_lives_matter_ny_president_crime_needs_to_be_looked_at_as_a_health_issue_not_a_police_issue.html


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Response to JustGene (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:02 AM

1. True.

Most of the people LE encounters are suffering from mental illness, homelessness, and poverty – none of which are ‘crimes.’

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Response to J_William_Ryan (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:23 AM

2. Not according to Republicans. n/t

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Response to JustGene (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:23 AM

3. What we get for our tax dollars

tax cuts for the rich, government contracting at exorbitant pricing, overpaid politicians, and the judicial system. I'm not ready to call crime a health issue, perhaps a behavioral health issue. But efficiency and best practices in many areas need attention.

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Response to JustGene (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:47 AM

4. To a large extent, crime is a poverty problem.

When we deny good education and jobs paying enough to live, we contribute to poverty. Many people are homeless because they lack the job skills to earn enough to pay rent. Poor and poorly educated children often see no future for themselves and turn to crime from hopelessness. Some do manage to find a way out of their poverty, but we as a society can do better.

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