The Metropolitan Transportation Authority -the agency in charge of New York’s subway system- confirmed this week a new plan to spend $2.2 million each month on “private guards” at stations across the Big Apple to provide additional security for riders.
“Sarah Feinberg, the MTA’s interim head of subway operations, said guards were hired early in the Covid-19 pandemic, when ridership plummeted, to address crime and security issues in near-deserted stations. Their ranks swelled to 100, and by the end of this month, they are expected to have doubled to 200,” reports Fox News.
“The last thing I want to do is to devote precious resources in the middle of a financial crisis to additional security contractors,” Ms. Feinberg said. “But I’m also not going to be in a position where my customers and workforce continue to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.”
“We want them to use their judgment and never engage if it could escalate into anything confrontational or violent,” Ms. Feinberg said.
The spending boost comes after a series of attacks aimed at riders, workers, and police in the city’s 472 subway stations.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs anti-cop protesters who stormed NYC subway stations
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stamped her socialist seal of approval on the anti-cop demonstrations that occurred in Brooklyn, NY on Friday evening. AOC tweeted support for the protests which included a video of demonstrators jumping over subway turnstiles, yelling insults at police, and chants of “How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D,” according to Fox News.
Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.
Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community.
New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other. https://t.co/asvidIe5zV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2019
In the video (shown below), protesters can be seen jumping turnstiles without paying the fare, while others are holding signs with slogans like “No cops, no fares.” One straphanger who did choose to pay the fare can be heard being yelled at by a protester.
Other videos and images from the same protest that were not shared by Ocasio-Cortez showed banners that said: “Punch that cop!” “Don’t let these pigs touch us,” and “Hit em!”
CHAOS NYC: NYPD Arrest Suspect After Another ‘Subway Shove’ Attack in New York
The NYPD arrested a 33-year-old suspect in Brooklyn early Tuesday morning after he allegedly shoved another passenger onto the train tracks in New York City’s busy subway system; the latest in a string of incidents in the last few weeks.
“Michael Medlock, 33, was nabbed shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in connection with the Sunday morning attack, in which he allegedly shoved a 29-year-old man onto the tracks from the platform of the Atlantic Avenue station, the New York Police Department said,” reports Fox News.
🚨WANTED🚨for a Reckless Endangerment @ the Atlantic Ave 🚂 station #Brooklyn @NYPD78Pct @NYPDTransit on 11/22/20 @ 11:25 AM 💰Reward up to $2500🕶Seen Him? Know who he is? ☎️Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! 📞Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityYourcall @NYPDShea @NYPDDetectives @NY1 pic.twitter.com/4WxxcqHe9c
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) November 23, 2020
“The man was able to climb onto the platform from the roadbed and did not need medical assistance,” adds Fox.
Read the full report here.