I don't believe there are many deliberate bad actors within the NYPD, but there is no doubt that systemic and institutional racism exists within our government, institutions, businesses and culture. We need to rethink our entire system, strategy and approach to policing. We need end-to-end criminal justice reform, new training, tools, approaches, equipment and techniques. We also need new measures of transparency and accountability.
Our NYC Protect program re-focuses our efforts on keeping our neighborhoods safe and free because nobody should feel like they live in a police state. But we must also take care of our law enforcement team and treat them with the respect and gratitude they deserve. Top on the list for the NYPD: a budget increase so we can hire more community-elected cops, and pay raises funded by NYC Enterprises.