We have all felt the recent tension across our city, from protests of policing practices to the tragic assassinations of two NYPD officers. We only survive and prosper as Brooklynites if we engage with one another in a calm and civil conversation - and I invite you to come let your voice be heard at a town hall about improving police-community relations this Sunday, February 8th in the 3rd Floor Ballroom of Union Temple, located at 17 Eastern Parkway, starting at 3:00 PM.
I will be joined by Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union for this, the latest in a series of conversations we will have to bridge the divide between police and the communities they serve; we previously hosted a town hall at Brooklyn Borough Hall and digital dialogues with students from across Brooklyn, with plans to organize more in the weeks to come.
With your help and participation, these conversations will inform a list of recommendations to advance public safety as well as police and criminal justice reforms.
About a dozen local residents were slapped with a $100 fine by NYPD on their way to Manhattan during rush hour yesterday morning for jumping over the turnstile because the fare gates were inoperable and long lines of commuters had formed at the station.
The issue of the broken turnstile had been reported to MTA the day before. Instead of helping to direct traffic, the police officers preyed on the commuters who jumped over the turnstile after several unsuccessful attempts to swipe their card.
As one of the individuals ticketed wrote:
"I can assure you that I DID stand in line like everyone else and also tried swiping my card numerous times to no avail. I am a law abiding citizens who respects the rules in place, but I think the onus is on the city to maintain the turnstiles, especially since the MTA was notified yesterday of the issue. I do not think that I'm better than anyone else. And as a side note, I paid $112 for a monthly metro card, so my ride was paid for."