Frank Abrokawa is a repeat offender who shocked many after he rubbed his feces in the face of a woman waiting in the Bronx subway station. Apparently, nothing on his long rap sheet required bail under New York state’s bail reform laws.
My friend Don expressed displeasure at Abrokawa’s revolving door and urged me to write about it. Don is a mainstream liberal, as are the democratic masses in our big cities who are voting for law and order.
It is not that this truth seeps through the cracks of the right-wing media. He continues to associate the Democratic Party with a fringe element on the far left. Thus, you keep hearing about “leftists” getting angry at the homeless and efforts to get some criminals off the streets. This anger is directed primarily at Democratic officials, something the media should tell. Progressive cities elected these leaders, so how important are those boundaries really?
And it’s just not right. political Every headline thrives on putting conflict, as allegedly liberal news sources are unable to divert their attention from leftists of color who increase their presence by attacking fellow Democrats. There’s a reason why Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets so much press while doing so little—aside from showing off.
On the streets of the city, poll after poll shows that Democrats see crime as problem No. And the polls that matter most – on election day – confirm it. Former police captain Eric Adams, a law-and-order Democrat, easily won the race for New York City’s mayor. A recent Marist poll found that 61 percent of registered voters approved of Adams’ performance—while 40 percent of tough urban viewers said he was doing a good or excellent job.
Adams said that as a young black man, he was subjected to police brutality. He understands that some people should not be police. He also understands that his people need good policing. Some of her strongest support comes from low-income neighborhoods ravaged by crime. When Adams called himself “the new face of the Democratic Party,” he was not mistaken. And that bodes well for the Democratic Party.
The other new faces are new Mayor Bruce Harrell in Seattle and London Breed in San Francisco. Breed has supported the eviction of school board members who awkwardly woke up who dragged their feet over the reopening of schools.
Harrell was chosen by a wide margin on his promise to decongest Seattle’s homeless camps. He is doing this, sending residents to shelters and social services.
Which brings to the fore the intersection of anarchy and social malpractices. A Boston University survey found that city leaders across the country were most concerned with deteriorating mental health as a result of the pandemic.
Story after story of the tabloids speaks volumes of this. The homeless man who pushed an Asian woman onto the tracks in front of a New York City subway train was in and out of prisons and mental hospitals. If you read below, many obvious hate crimes directed against Asians (and others) have been committed by mentally ill people. The same applies to a variety of strange cases, such as the “art lover” who stabbed two employees at the Museum of Modern Art.
The call to build mental health services must be heeded. However, there is a growing consensus that social workers can help but not replace the police.
Go ahead and treat the mentally ill, Adams said in a statement after Mal’s incident. But, he added, there should be a change in the law regarding those indulging in violence. The law should “keep people off the street who are clearly a danger to others.”
Don, this was for you.
Froma Harrop is an award-winning journalist, author and syndicated columnist.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author.