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Anyone who expresses racist views shouldn’t be a police officer. Anyone who expresses White supremacist views shouldn’t be a police officer. Anyone who encouragesviolence against our democratic institutions shouldn’t be a police officer, i’m saying that people who harbor views that counter the essential values of this country should not be allowed to police our streets.
Starting today, were going to do something new in New York City, we will have checkpoints at key entry points to the city. Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine. They will be reminded it is required, not optional. They will be reminded that failure to quarantine is a violation of state law, and it comes with serious penalties. ... Fines can be as high as $10,000.
We had a troubling situation in Midtown Manhattan and in the Bronx, but we had no unrest, no looting in Brooklyn and in Queens and Staten Island and most of the Bronx and most of Manhattan and I really want to set that straight, we thought we had a measured plan and suddenly this very coordinated criminal activity in Midtown Manhattan made the adjustment to go to the earlier curfew.
How many members of our family, especially our older relatives, who are the people really vulnerable here, are we simply saying as a nation, we're going to turn away and ignore the challenges facing them ? I don't think that's right, so I understand people who say wow, this is an extraordinary sacrifice. It is, but if you don't slow this thing down, you'll sacrifice a lot more on the other end of the equation. We have to think about the human cost here.
If Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman're sick, Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman shouldn't be going on the subway, if you are traveling by subway and the train that comes up is all packed and you can possibly wait for the next train in the hopes it might be less packed, please do.
This idea that, even in a lot of the Democratic Party debates, we're sort of arguing over, you know, well, we could get a little better here or a little better there. That's not what we should be talking about as Americans, we should talk about how every American gets quality health care. Physical health care, mental health care. Quality health care when they need it. That should be the goal of this country.
So I want to push this whole party, and I want to inform this debate in this country about the fact that we could go a lot farther, we could be a lot bolder than what we're doing now. i never rule things out because you never know what life brings, but I'm focused on the work I'm doing now and getting this message out.
What he is doing is creating an international voice of conscience that I can't think of any previous parallel for, he is reminding us of what's possible. You never see him saying 'Well this would be a good thing to do if only it was practical.' He is literally saying to us we have to reset our assumption and think more deeply and more morally about our actions because our current sense of practicality is digging our graves.
We are even more disappointed to read that Simmons has expressed no regret for his remarks. I believe he owes an apology to the Jewish and African-American communities. The murder of six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust, and the many millions who suffered under slavery, should never be used to make a political point.
I told them that I lost my own dad when I was 18, and that as painful and difficult as it is, families come together. People find a way forward, i also told them that we would be there for them. That the NYPD family would be there for them and the people of New York City and the family of New York would be there for them, and we will be.