Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday said that he’s “real concerned” about the alarming recent uptick of subway push attacks on city rails — and that the NYPD is beefing up its presence to address the matter.
“We’ve got to make sure that New Yorkers have confidence that they can go and use the subway and know that help will be there for them,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing when asked about the disturbing trend of subway shovings.
“The NYPD will be increasing its presence in the subways. That will be very visible,” he promised.
De Blasio did not provide details on how many officers will be moved into the city’s subway system, but did note that mental health efforts will also be boosted.
“The first thing we have to do is find people and get them help before something like this happens. And we need medical intervention, which our city agencies will do,” de Blasio vowed.
“If we find someone who we think might be a threat to themselves or others, we’re going to get them to a medical facility, get them tested and evaluated,” de Blasio explained. “If it’s someone who should not by law be on the streets, we’re certainly going to act.”
In less than a week, three New Yorkers were shoved onto Big Apple subway tracks by unhinged riders with the latest terrifying incident occurring Sunday in Brooklyn.
Amazingly, in each case, the victims were not seriously injured.
The mayor said that he understands “the fear” New Yorkers may have to ride the subways given the nature of the recent attacks, but said “people should know we’re gonna’ get that [police] presence out there to keep people safe.”
“If there’s a greater need in the subways, we will move officers in the subways,” Hizzoner said, adding, “Clearly, it’s going to be about presence and visible presence and moving that around to where [the police department] assesses the need.”
“I think that’s gonna’ be reassuring to people,” he said.
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