First thing is first. I know many people got into a tizzy about this new bill that makes minor offenses like urinating or drinking in public and noise complaints warrant civil summonses instead of criminal summonses, which is what it was and the change makes sense. I mean does one really need a criminal record for pissing in public. Come guys, how many of us, had to take a piss really bad with no bathrooms in sight and took a piss behind a tree, near a vacant lot, etc. But too many people thought that one would just get a pass for these minor offenses and that is not the case, so let me break it down:
So instead of getting a criminal summons for these issues, a person will appear before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, rather than criminal court. BUT, if you get three summonses and ignore them, you will be sent to criminal court. And if you don’t show up for that hearing, a warrant will be issued. PLUS people with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation (which is probably thwo-thirds the population of Jamaica/SE Queens) will still get a criminal summons and have to appear in criminal court. A cop can also cite a “legitimate law enforcement reason” to give a criminal summons, which must be approved by a supervisor who comes to the scene.
So all the conservative right folks, take a damn breather, no one is getting off for pissing or drinking in public.
NOW, on to the major issue and that is with one of our “limousine Democrat Liberals”, Councilman Rory Lancman (24th District), which covers parts of Jamaica, including that filthy garbage strewn Rufus King Park. This ass does not want to see the exceptions to the bill (such as people with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation), using the race baiting card as most white “limousine liberal Democrats” like to play.
His illogical reasoning:
The exceptions for recidivists “will unfairly burden and impact communities of color, because in those communities more people are on parole or probation and more people are arrested.”
NEWSFLASH Lancman from a person who ACTUALLY LIVES in this ghetto ass community as opposed to you, who I am sure do not have a homeless shelter within several blocks of you, garbage all over, illegal immigrants, etc. There is a reason communities of color have a high rate of people on parole, probation and get arrested. THEY DO STUPID SHIT PERIOD. You know how many shootings and killings have been in Jamaica since a few days before Memorial Day and do you know they were all people of color, African-Americans. For whatever the underlying reasons are (and there are many), the FACT is communities of color have much higher crimes than other communities, so they are going to have more arrests, more people on probation, etc. IT IS FUCKING COMMON SENSE AND BASIC MATH. The issue is not the fucking law, it is the FUCKING BEHAVIOR AND ACTION OF SOME PEOPLE and living here, I see this shit all the time as do many others, including people of color, while you don’t see any of this shit in your community or on your block, so GIVE IT A FUCKING REST Lancman.
AND this does not mean that all people of color engage in this shit, most don’t, but there are plenty in communities of color that do, hence the poor quality of life in such communities as opposed to majority communities that are not of color. So keep ignoring this FACT and the problem and these communities will continue with this bullshit.
I mean, your area covers the garbage strewn homeless outdoor park, Rufus King Park. See all those fucking bottles of alcohol on the hand-ball court in Rufus King Park. They did not just magically appear their and I will take a gander that 99.9% of it was done by people of color in the community.
SO ENOUGH with the constant justifying of bullshit by playing the race card so you can get fucking votes. When your block has all these bottles in front of your house, then we can talk, otherwise SHUT THE FUCK UP, because I pay for you over bloated salary.
AND again, this is why that idiotic, Trump, got put into the White House, stupid progressive liberal bullshit like this from “limousine liberal Democrats” like Lancman. Christ even when you white elected officials THINK you are helping communities of color, YOU ARE NOT, you are causing more issues.
From The Daily News:
About 96% of patrol officers have been trained on the new guidelines — estimated to reduce the number of criminal summonses issued a year by about 100,000.
Instead, people will appear before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, rather than criminal court.
But if you get three summonses and ignore them, you will be sent to criminal court. And if you don’t show up for that hearing, a warrant will be issued, said NYPD Inspector Thomas Taffe.
People with open warrants, prior felony arrests in the past two years, and people on parole or probation will still get C-summons and have to appear in criminal court.
A cop can also cite a “legitimate law enforcement reason” to give a criminal summons, which must be approved by a supervisor who comes to the scene.
Cops can still ask someone they catch in one of the small-time crimes for ID to check for warrants, and arrest them if they have an open warrant or cannot produce ID.
Taffe said in those instances, cops will allow people to get their ID before making an arrest.
“The last thing we want is for someone to go through the system for drinking a beer and no ID or spitting and no ID,” he said.
Taffe said he did not think the crime rate will be affected.
“As long as police officers are out there paying attention to what’s going on and intervening in these low-level violations, we stopped you from doing what you’re doing,” he said.
Councilman Rory Lancman called the move “a huge step forward,” but questioned the exceptions.
The exceptions for recidivists “will unfairly burden and impact communities of color, because in those communities more people are on parole or probation and more people are arrested, even if they’re not ultimately convicted,” he said, “All it does is perpetuate a cycle of involvement in the criminal justice system.”