By the time the evening’s protests were over, the frustration of the New Yorkers gathered had run headlong into the aggressive mass-arrest protest-policing tactics of the NYPD. Some protesters were in the hospital. Police vehicles were on fire. And with more protests scheduled over the weekend and in the days ahead, there was every indication that the outpouring of anguish over police violence, and the violent police response to it, will only continue.
Every single map of NYC that shows some kind of negative effect (violence, poverty, sickness, food availability, etc) on New Yorkers always looks exactly the same. The same “poor” and “wealthy” regions are always highlighted in exactly the same way. Inequality is how the city operates. It’s how the country operates. This is America.
A friend of mine interviewed someone who works at Rikers Island and wrote about it. So many important questions we need answers to:
Right now, what I would like to ask is: What are the measures that will be taken if this outbreak takes over the island? How would the employees be treated? What would happen to inmates? How would the isolation go? We already have facilities on the island that are closed down. If they’re going to open these facilities, who are the people that are going to work there? No one would want to risk working in a place where a lot of people are very sick. How can we test everyone? We don’t have enough test kits in New York City. If you get sick, how would that affect your job? Are we going to get quarantined on the island? If so, how long would that be? What would be the outcome after? When all the smoke clears, are there going to be layoffs? We’re releasing all of these inmates. If the rate of inmates goes down, what’s going to happen in the facility? Because we have approximately 6,000 officers to 4,000 inmates. How is that going to go?
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