Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) showed support for a Brooklyn anti-police protest on Friday evening, Nov. 1, where hundreds of people blocked streets and jumped turnstiles, storming New York subways.
“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,” the controversial congresswoman reasoned in a tweet on Saturday. “New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”
Over 1,000 protesters roamed the streets chanting “no justice, no peace” while holding banners that read “[expletive] The Police” and “Don’t let these pigs touch us.”
The protest was co-organized by “Decolonize This Place,” a Marxist-based group that describes itself as an “action-oriented movement centering on indigenous struggle, Black liberation, free Palestine, global wage workers, and de-gentrification,” according to BizPacReview.
Other reports said that numerous extreme-left groups were involved in organizing the violent protests.
“This action was put on by Why Accountability, No New Jails, Decolonize This Place, People’s Power Assembly, and other community groups” were involved, a Twitter user said.
The New York Daily News had reported that two people were arrested in the Brooklyn rally.
Sarah Autz, a 25-year-old protester, was caught scribbling the word “pigs” with a marker on a police patrol vehicle during the march on Friday night and later arrested on graffiti and criminal mischief charges, according to law enforcement officials.
An unnamed 22-year-old man was served a subpoena for spitting at police officers during the rally.
The demonstration was an alleged response to a planned crackdown on fare evasion by the NYPD, in addition to two controversial police actions in Brooklyn subway stations recently, PJ Media reports.
In 2918 $215 million was lost due to fare evaders, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.
Hot Air contributor Jazz Shaw weighed in on the issue, pointing out that the incidents of police brutality “aren’t representative of the police force in general.”
Shaw also took a jab at liberals for their unreasonable justifications of actions against the police, destroying AOC’s logic that fare evaders should go unquestioned.
“You would think that the social justice warriors would celebrate an effort by police to stop fare-jumping. After all, how fair is it that most people have to pay for a subway ride while others refuse? Aren’t they all about ‘fairness’?” Shaw questioned.
“Not that kind of fairness. We must automatically assume that every single fare-jumper is a poverty-stricken, oppressed minority and that it’s unfair for the poor to have to pay for a subway ride,” Shaw explained.
“Taking it out on police who are just trying to enforce the law is stupid and self-defeating,” Shaw wrote. “Whether or not the cops are at fault for the incidents, trying to incite violence against them makes everybody of every color less safe.”