Statement from Elizabeth Glass
June 9, 2010 — As a Democratic candidate for NYS Senate in Manhattan’s District 27 (Chelsea, Greenwich Village, East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, Hell’s Kitchen, Times Square, Columbus Circile, Midtown East, UWS), I know the residents of my district:
- want peace in their neighborhoods and streets
- want the police to treat them with dignity & respect
- want the right to peacefully protest
- want to begin the process of healing our beloved city
I believe in the constitutional right to peacefully protest, and stand with Americans outraged by the murder of George Floyd. While the overwhelming majority of protests have been peaceful, sadly, not all. Much of the violence has come from out of towners.
For example, on June 5, 2020, ABC News reported an incident wherein New Yorkers at a Brooklyn protest voiced concerns to NYPD officers about two questionable characters. The police approached these men, and found their vehicle contained knives, weapons, gas masks, gasoline, and point-to-point radios.
NYC at it’s best: protesters and the police working together to keep the city safe from dangerous outsiders. The key right now for New York City to heal involves meaningful police reform that will protect the civil and human rights of people of color. We must also eliminate excessive NYPD spending. Defunding the NYPD is not dismantling it. As the June 5th account from ABC News shows it is not impossible for protesters and the NYPD to find common ground in keeping NYC safe and prosperous.
Thank you for your consideration.
Vote for Elizabeth Glass on June 23rd in the New York Democratic primary.