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    The New York Times Company | Ali Watkins | 6/5/20 | 7 min
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    • bill
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      1 month ago

      “Our office has a moral imperative to enact public policies which assure all New Yorkers that in our justice system and our society, black lives matter and police violence is a crime,” Mr. Vance said in a statement.

      Vance is a prosecutor. It’s definitely NOT the job of the DA to “enact” public policy. Period. Rather, the job is to enforce existing policies, written by elected law-makers.

      To be clear, if I was in that position, I would do the exact same thing. (Just as if I was a jail guard I’d be setting people free left and right. Especially in cases like this where the moral imperative is, indeed, through the roof. People must be allowed to gather, any time of day/night wherever they want.)

      Regardless, I’m just trying to highlight that the rapid decline of law and order is not at all superficial, despite the fact that there’s a lot of superficial noise happening all over the place. That DAs are enacting public policy is further proof that we’re legit quaking, hard. The lines that separate different branches of government are continuing to dissolve.

      Keep fighting, New York. ✊✊✊

    • turtlebubble
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      1 month ago

      I really cannot get over this curfew. Of all the changes that have been enacted in this city that I call home over the past two months, this is the most unjust. People are being beaten and arrested for exercising their constitutional right to protest. Glad to hear district attorneys are refusing to prosecute but all the more proof of how senseless an order this is. They simply don’t have the energy or skill to effectively patrol 24hrs a day. That’s what they’re supposed to be good at.. allowing lawful things to happen at any hour of the day/night.. they’re continuing to come up with new ways to prove their ineptitude.

      • jeff
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        1 month ago

        Well said. I'm really struggling to make sense of this. De Blasio ran on the promise of police reform and these protests are about police brutality. How on earth could he think that arresting any "non-essential" person out after 8 PM could do anything other than make the entire situation 10 times worse? If exercising your constitutional rights isn't essential than what is? This "essential" vs. "non-essential" shit has to go, across the board. It's amazing how quickly it goes from being used to supposedly keep people safe to trampling people's liberties.

        Hopefully people are at least waking up to the realization that these problems are way bigger than a few "bad apples." The incident in Buffalo also highlights that it's not just the violent officers that are the problem but also their colleagues, their union and the laws and orders that they're (selectively) enforcing.