There’s a protest going on in New York City over a new initiative to increase police presence in the city’s subways and crack down on fare evasion. There have been videos circling of cops taking measures such as tackling individuals over the $2.75 subway fare. People are mad, claiming the response is both outsized and racist.
In response, hundreds of protesters are jumping turnstiles en masse, protesting the police and the crack down.
Far-left, anti-law enforcement protesters in NYC demand the city not stop fare evasion after police reportedly arrested two people for doing so. “How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D,” they chanted. #antifa pic.twitter.com/xUho4ZkBTA
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) November 3, 2019
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has, of course, sided with the protesters:
In other words, a sitting congresswoman is endorsing breaking the law and stealing from the city of New York. That is not okay.
Of course, she probably thinks the subway can be kept up simply by taxing the rich and letting all those poor New Yorkers ride for free.
One problem with AOC’s narrative: in the videos of the protesters, I’m seeing iPhones, expensive name-brand coats, even a high-end camera around one man’s neck. I’m having trouble believing the majority of these people can’t afford the $2.75 fare. Rather, they’re just looking for a free ride. There’s a big, important difference between “can’t pay” and “won’t pay.”
Listen, it does sound like the police response may be disproportionate to the crime, on the individual level. But clearly fare evasion is a big enough issue that the city thought it warranted an initiative to combat the problem. And the only way to deal with the problem is to crack down on individuals in order to deter the masses. People need to recognize actions have consequences. If there are no consequences, there is little incentive to follow the rules. It’s really that simple.
But of course AOC would frame it as poor and minority citizens being unfairly kept down by the man.