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Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang: NYC ‘cannot afford to defund the police’

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Andrew Yang, who is running for mayor of New York City, said the city “cannot afford to defund the police” after a Saturday shooting in Times Square which injured 3, including a child.

“When I talk to New Yorkers I get a very different message every single day,” he said. “New Yorkers are concerned about rising rates of violent crime, petty crime, street homelessness. This is what we are seeing, and we need our city’s leaders to step up right now,” the New York Post reported.

Yang expressed the city’s need for the police.

“Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety we need the police,” Yang said. “My message to the NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you. We need you to do your jobs professionally, responsibly, and justly.”

He said he has the police’s backs and will support them in office.

“And as you do these things, the people of New York will have your backs. I will have your back. Defund the Police is wrong for New York City.”

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Trump juror who was already sworn in fesses up, admits she cannot be ‘fair and unbiased’

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The latest scenario of one woman who has already been sworn in as a juror for former President Donald Trump’s trial is an indication of the complete improbability for a fair trial. Reporting from outside the New York City courthouse, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard explained the juror called the court to inform them that she did not know if she could actually be fair and impartial.

“She was asked to come to court this morning and went before the defense and went before the District Attorney’s office and answered questions about how she got to that conclusion” the reporter explains.

The juror discussed how she got calls, even yesterday, from friends, colleagues and family “questioning my identity as a juror.” She continued to say “I don’t believe I can be fair and unbiased and let the outside influences not affect me in the courtroom” the reporter quoted.

Hillyard’s report went on the emphasize the difficulty for these jurors in the next six to eight weeks because these are individuals who are supposed to be anonymous, yet we and the sides have some details about who these individuals are such as their neighborhoods and their occupations.

 

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