The suspect has a criminal background and three “emotionally disturbed encounters,” NYPD Assistant Chief Jason Wilcox said. Minutes before the suspect pushed Go onto the tracks, he had approached another woman who later told police she felt like she was going to be pushed and walked away, Wilcox said.
“Hoy dia, a woman entered the subway station
, like any New Yorker
, just trying to get where she needed to go
,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in una declaración
en Twitter. “New Yorkers deserve to feel safe while riding mass transit
. It’s why I stood with
(Gobernador de Nueva York. Kathy Hochul) to announce the Safe Options Support teams.
“We’re providing more law enforcement resources and mental health services to prevent problems before they happen,” the mayor added.
In a news conference a principios de este mes
, Adams and Hochul announced an initiative to address both public safety in the subway system by sending more officers to inspect subways and stations as well as the homelessness crisis
, by deploying trained mental health personnel across the city to support individuals who are homeless
Adams reiterated in Saturday’s news conference he was working closely with Sewell, the police commissioner, on a plan which covers both minimizing crime and focusing on mental health.
“To lose a New Yorker in this fashion would only continue to elevate the fears of individuals not using our subway system,” the mayor said. “Our recovery is dependent on the public safety in this city and in this subway system. We can do that with the right balance, a balance of safety and a balance of proactively giving people the assistance they need when they’re in mental health crisis.”
Janno Lieber, the acting chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in a statement subway crime in general is “way down.”
“This is a sad day, a New Yorker was going about her business right in the heart of our city, in the heart of our subway system in Times Square and she lost her life,” Lieber said. “This is unconscionable, this is unacceptable, it has to stop.”
Reps. Grace Meng, who also called for better policies around safety on mass transit and mental health and social services
, además señalado the incident comes as attacks on Asian New Yorkers
“continue to be on the rise.
Attacks on Asian Americans across the country have seen a violent rise in attacks in recent years that has only worsened since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic
. Also in New York
, a 62-year-old Asian man who police said was bashed in the head in an unprovoked attack in East Harlem in April died from his injuries last month
In a statement on Saturday, Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, said Go’s death is a “reminder that the fear of anti-Asian violence in our community is well-founded.
“It is imperative that New York City implements proactive, community-based solutions that prevent these crimes from ever happening in the first place,” ella añadió.