Groovetrak Editorial: We are happy to see Brooklyn leadership creating opportunities for public consensus regarding community police relations. Brooklyn, NY has been the center of national attention with its new Barclay’s Sports Center and a model economic boon on real estate and civic pride. The NYC woes about public safety, police safety and protection; leadership, community-building and community police relations is not really acceptable for the greatest city in the world that dispatches highly paid police experts around the world to help developing democratic countries solve unrest and conflict resolution.
According to journalist, Emily Ngo of AM New York daily newspaper… New Yorkers must have candid conversations about the state of the city’s police-community relations, even though it will be difficult and uncomfortable, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Sunday in announcing a series of town hall meetings and student video chats.
“We’re going to lean into our discomfort so we can come out of that discomfort a better city and a better borough,” he said at a news conference in downtown Brooklyn.
“We often say that someone must be the adult in the room around these difficult conversations, and we believe the adults are going to be our young people who are going to show us how to come together and resolve these complication issues.”
Active NYPD officers are invited to participate, said Adams, an NYPD captain, although traditionally the department has said cops going to such events must be off-duty, out of uniform and cannot speak on behalf of the department. Retired cops are also welcome, he said. The first town hall meeting is set for next Sunday at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
The first online discussion among Brooklyn high school students, to be conducted in the form of a group video chat via Google Hangout, will be Jan. 20.
The city should talk out its problems, Adams said. He was joined by dozens of high school students as well as civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Emma Wolfe, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s intergovernmental affairs director, serving as a representative of City Hall. NYPD Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter also supports the effort and was heading to the news conference when he got into a minor car accident, Adams said.
Richter sent a statement: “We are stronger and safer when we speak with each other, especially in the wake of tragedies like our city has suffered with the loss of Detectives [Wenjian] Liu and [Rafael] Ramos. Our community has been very supportive during this time, and it highlights the importance of police-community relations.”
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