We don’t like conservatives in New York but we welcome all foreigners to New York City and just treat them badly. If you come, learn English or Spanish first so you don’t get a beat down by cops for jaywalking.
The police might have overreacted a bit in a recent jaywalking incident but don’t blame the police, blame Sandanista Bill and his Vision Zero!
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An 84-year-old pedestrian, Kane Wong, jaywalked across 96th street and Broadway. He was immediately stopped by a police officer. Mr. Wong only speaks Cantonese and didn’t understand the officer’s directions.
Witnesses saw the cop walk Wong over to a Citibank near 96th and Broadway. “[The officer] stood him up against the wall and was trying to write him a ticket. The man didn’t seem to understand, and he started walking away,” said a witness, Ian King, a Fordham University law student.
“The cop tried to pull him back, and that’s when he began to struggle with the cop,” said King, 24. “As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere.”
Wong was left bleeding and dazed on the ground with cuts to his face.
He was arrested and taken to St. Luke’s. His son was finally called about his father’s medication. The son said he was given a runaround.
Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman, Phil Walzak, said Sunday, “We won’t sit by while lives are lost and families are torn apart. These latest crashes underscore the urgent need to make our streets safer, which is why we are moving decisively to enact ‘Vision Zero’.”
Vision Zero is a road traffic safety project started in Sweden in 1997 which aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. Sandanista Bill will make it safe until there isn’t a car on the road. It’s the logical end result with a zero policy.
Politicker reported on Sandanista Bill’s comments yesterday. People do not have an unalienable right to jaywalk:
“There is no larger policy in terms of jaywalking and ticketing and jaywalking. That’s not part of our plan. But it is something a local precinct commander can act on, if they perceive there to be a real danger,” he told reporters this afternoon, after speaking at Al Sharpton’s annual National Action Network Martin Luther King Day event.
Mr. de Blasio went on to agree that many New Yorkers feel like jaywalking is an unalienable way of life, and that he would focus on education and other changes to try to warn of the dangers.
The streets will be safer! At all costs! Even if we lose a few aged Chinese people!
In fairness, jaywalking can cause car accidents in addition to putting jaywalkers in danger and De Blasio did support the police. However, this sounds like a little extreme.
How about getting rid of the the zero in vision zero and make it vision safer?
Wait until the cameras come. Sandanista Bill wants a “lot more cameras!”
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