“I don’t think it’s a good idea to defund the police,” 一位当地人, 丹尼尔, 说过. “我认为我们需要在该地区增加警察。”
另一个人, 汤姆, told Fox News that Democrats’ calls to 退还警察 是 “荒诞。”
“It’s completely ridiculous,” Tom said.
Major crimes in Ocasio-Cortez’s district have risen 57% compared to the end of July 2020, according to an analysis former New York Police Department inspector Paul Mauro released Monday. 与去年相比, major felonies such as murder, rape and robbery are up 44%.
“The more and more time goes on, and you see these crimes go up in the city, especially around this area, it’s gotten a lot worse,” 一个人, 最大限度, 告诉福克斯新闻. He said defunding the police isn’t working.
奥卡西奥·科尔特斯（Ocasio-Cortez）, 民主党人, has advocated for less policing across the nation. She even criticized then-New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $ 1 billion cut to the police department budget in 2020 as not going far enough.
“These proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion,” the congresswoman said in June 2020. “This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”
保罗, a former military policeman who resides in Ocasio-Cortez’s district told Fox News: “My father always said, if you’re afraid of the police, you’re doing something wrong.”
But another local, 锡安, said there needs to be better oversight of police, regardless of their budget.
“I wouldn’t say defund the police, but I would say force accountability,” 他告诉福克斯新闻.
“They do a good job. There are some who are great,” Zion said. “But then there are others who are like they came from the pits of hell.”
The defund the police movement gained significant attention in 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd. 一些美国主要. 城市, including New York, 奥斯汀, Seattle and Washington D.C., reduced their police budgets following widespread anti-cop protests.
“当时, a lot of people thought that it was an efficient solution to a problem,” Max said.
Paul told Fox News: “When you see a police officer, you respect them. They’re protecting you.”
“所以, 没有, you can’t defund the police,” 保罗说.
Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to a request for comment.