AOC confronts Bratton over viral tweet about homelessness on the subway

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bill Bratton have embarked on a war of words on Twitter over the NYPD’s role in helping the homeless, in response to a viral tweet from the former Police Commissioner showing people sleeping in a subway train.

“Do you know why the ‘takeover’ of NY isn’t happening? Bratton wrote with the photo of several people who appear to be homeless sleeping on an E train in Midtown early Wednesday.

“Why should workers and tourists be subjected to this? How is that fair for those who need the services? Imagine the frustration of the cops without any support to deal with it! ” he said.

Bratton, who twice served as top cop, under Rudy Giuliani and mayor de Blasio, blamed city and state leaders for the policies that led to similar scenes across the Big Apple.

“The new mayor and the police commissioner have their work cut out for trying to fix this mess that our political leaders and prosecutors have created by tying the hands of the NYPD,” Bratton said.

“We fixed this problem 30 years ago when Eric Adams was a transit police officer. It will be much more difficult in 2022, ”he added.

The former commissioner’s comments angered many progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, who suggested transferring funds from the city to the NYPD to help resolve the crisis.

“It is not the job or the purpose of the police to look after housing, to provide health care or advice, or to solve the reasons why people sleep in the subway,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted .

“Maybe if we transferred some of that $ 11 billion a year spent on robot dogs to housing services, we could get somewhere.”

Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a press conference in 2016.
Chad Rachman / New York Post

The Bronx-Queens congressman was referring to a now defunct NYPD pilot program that aimed to deploy robotic dogs in dangerous situations. The program cost only $ 94,000, while the NYPD’s total budget was $ 9.9 billion in fiscal 2021.

But AOC said the real problem is why homeless people end up in the subway, not why “workers” have to look after them on the move.

“Why should THESE people be subjected to unnecessary homelessness in one of the richest cities in the world where thousands of apartments are vacant? ” she wrote.

She called on lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for simplifying the issue “into an unsubstantiated election boogey monster.”

“No one wants to live with these conditions, but no one wants to question the systems and the decisions that create them,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

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