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NY Police Unions Ask State Officials To Include Officers In Policy Reform Discussions

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Eleven New York State Police Unions representing over 200,000 law enforcement officers have signed onto a joint letter condemning state officials for using violent riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death as leverage for political purposes.

Last week, thousands of protestors grew violent, torching and looting businesses and attacking police.

New York State is in crisis. For the past week we have witnessed a level of civil unrest – too often accompanied by violence and destruction – that our state has not seen in a generation,” the groups wrote. “As law enforcement professionals, we share the universal desire for healing and positive change. At this time, however, the first priority of government must be to restore peace and stability. No rational policy discussion can take place against a backdrop of burning police vehicles and looted store fronts.”

Some politicians in the state are seizing on the opportunity to push forward legislation to further regulate the police departments, the unions wrote, adding that the police are occupied with protecting citizens and their property that they haven’t been able to fully voice their dissent.

“This is reminiscent of the legislative process of 2019 that resulted in passage of significant changes to the bail and discovery statutes. Those amendments were infamously drafted with little to no input or discussion with law enforcement and the district attorneys and were included in the State budget. The resulting public outrage regarding the circumstances in which these amendments were enacted and the impact of these changes upon the public and public safety forced the Legislature and Governor Cuomo to significantly amend the law earlier this year – after only being in effect for three months,” they added.

The group also noted concerns over attacks targeting law enforcement and said that the legislative agenda will ‘destroy the morale of law enforcement, subvert our rights and standing in the community, and expose us to increased risk.’

This week, the State’s legislature has already passed an initial reform package, which includes a ban on chokeholds and racial profiling, according to reports.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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