A leftist New York state Democrat assemblywoman now running for Congress who has urged defunding police found it convenient in the past to move out from her crime-ridden neighborhood in Harlem to a posh a Manhattan neighborhood.
During her 2016 campaign to replace Sheldon Silver in the New York State Assembly, Yuh-Line Niou admitted, “I actually was robbed where I was living in Harlem. My boyfriend at the time, my fiance (now), didn’t think I was safe up there, so he told me to move in, and so that’s how I moved to the financial district with him.”
“I watched a girl get raped on a pile of garbage, right across the street from the projects. that’s where I was living,” Niou, who has represented the 65th District and now is vying for a seat in New York’s 10th Congressional District against former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Mondaire Jones, continued.
“I was living at 106th (street) and 1st avenue. I was calling police and yelling at him through my window… another time I watched this guy slam a girl’s head into – she was at an ATM – just slam it right into an ATM machine and grab her money and run. I was trying to get the police to go after him, and they just took their time. So these are all incidents that kind of led to me moving down to the financial district and moving in with my partner,” she said.
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Progessive Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, running for an open BK-Manhattan House seat, said in 2016 she first moved to the district she is seeking to represent on the federal level because of "safety issues" near "the projects" in Harlem. https://t.co/uZdgw9fWZy
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Niou’s position on the police reads like this, from her most recent state assembly campaign website:
She believes that we are long overdue for police reform in this country and that we need to defund millions from the police in order to put critical funding back into our social services, education, and housing. Incident after incident of police brutality and institutional racism has eroded the trust between law enforcement and communities of color and Yuh-Line is committed to reform to begin rebuilding that trust.
“Niou’s bid to represent the newly configured Lower Manhattan-Brooklyn House seat has earned endorsements from ‘Sex and the City’ star and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left-wing group New York Communities for Change and state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick), among others,” The New York Post reported.
Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, who since 2006 has represented some areas of Harlem, ripped Niou, snapping, “You move out of the neighborhood because you say it’s unsafe, then you say ‘defund the police?’ You turn around and desert the community — and then say you don’t need the police?”
“That’s hypocritical,” she said. “I didn’t leave my community, and there are times when I feel unsafe,”
“Earlier this year, the state legislator faced backlash for calling a large group of cops entering a subway station following a funeral for slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera a ‘frightening show of intimidation,’ and liking a tweet comparing the throng of officers to Nazis,” the Post added.