OCASIO-CORTEZ: “I think there’s something about this uptick in crime. Let me make something super clear for everyone here having this question. The New York City Police Department has not been defended. Even with these budgetary changes that were proposed in city council, A, they’re not fully enacted; B, they are in a real $1 billion in cuts; and C, it’s not really — like, these cuts aren’t really real. And again they haven’t even happened yet, literally have not even happened yet. So, keep in mind that this uptick in crime that’s happening right now is with a $6 billion dollar New York City Police Department budget. So our $6 billion, up to $11 billion, but our $6 billion budget has not prevented this uptick in crime. We have funded more and more — we have shoved more and more and more money every single year into the NYPD, $6 billion, and it has not prevented this uptick in crime.
But let’s back up. Why is this uptick in crime happening? Let’s really think about it. Well, this uptick in crime, you know, the NYPD themselves have told a story that’s disproven by their own data. At first the NYPD, they went out and they said, ‘Okay, this uptick in crime is happening because of bail reform, because of all of these reforms that we have now.’ Wait. But they just released data a couple weeks ago that showed that out of almost all the people who have been found to have kind of committed crimes, et cetera, almost none have been re-released due to the bail reform. Like, their actual crime data from the NYPD, not even independent data, disproves what they’re all saying. So why is this uptick in crime happening? Well, let’s think about it. Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession? Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money. So you maybe have to — they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night. Maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions have not been given to everyone. Maybe it’s because the fact that people have — some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet.”