The events of the past few months, culminating in the horrific assassination of two city police officers this past weekend, pose a direct challenge to all New Yorkers. If not properly addressed, the raw emotions that have been generated can easily tear apart the city’s frayed social fabric. Our city is too precious to let it descend into discord and animosity, as it has in previous generations. We only survive and prosper if we engage with one another in a calm and civil conversation. We’ve been trapped for far too long in a seemingly binary struggle between people who purportedly support police and those who speak for the community. It’s a nonsensical divide. This is not Sophie’s Choice. There is merit on both sides of the debate over police tactics, but if we vilify the “other side” — either the police or the communities they protect — everyone gets hurt. I patrolled New York City streets as a police officer for 22 years and saw how important public safety is to all of our communities, especially those that are crime-ridden. Public safety is the foundation of our society, ensuring the basic human right to work and raise a family without… Read full this story
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