“The very last thing we need to see is enforcement if there’s another solution to get the job carried out,” de Blasio mentioned. “Enforcement has all the time been the final resort.”
The town presently has 1,000 non-NYPD personnel whose job it’s is to distribute face masks, educate and reiterate the significance of social distancing all through town. That quantity will develop to 2,300 by subsequent weekend, the mayor mentioned.
“Typically talking, New Yorkers have simply carried out the correct factor. Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers have carried out the correct factor. That doesn’t imply in a metropolis of 8.6 million individuals you don’t want reminders, you don’t want training, you don’t want some enforcement. I imagine you do want all these issues,” de Blasio mentioned. “What we don’t want is something that goes past the right enforcement of those guidelines into one thing else.”
De Blasio mentioned a video showing an arrest on the Lower East Side was a “very troubling” instance of “the fallacious method to policing.”
“That was very alienating to so many individuals on this metropolis,” de Blasio mentioned. “There have been some others which have raised concern. And I feel they pull at individuals in a really actual and painful manner and remind us of issues that had been too widespread for too lengthy and that weren’t acceptable.”
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“Once more, need to preserve reminding individuals the variety of summonses and arrests is very low, provided that this can be a disaster that impacts all 8.6 million New Yorkers,” he added.
The mayor mentioned town will releases statistics about social distancing summonses and arrests going ahead.
— to newyork.cbslocal.com