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Nearly half of New Yorkers think NYC is headed in the wrong direction

Reported by Nolan Hicks I The New York Post | September 2, 2020

After six of the most trying months in modern city history, nearly half of New Yorkers say the Big Apple is heading in the wrong direction — with worries about the economy and crime listed as top concerns. The new survey from the Manhattan Institute found that residents of the five boroughs are evenly split on the city’s trajectory — with 46 percent saying it’s heading the right way, while 42 percent say it’s off on the wrong track. Twenty-two percent of Gothamites surveyed by the conservative-leaning think tank’s pollsters named the city’s economy as their biggest worry, closely followed by 21 percent who said they were worried most about public safety. Another 12 percent named race relations as the biggest issue facing the city, while 11 percent said health care, two of the issues that have been at the forefront of city politics in recent months.

The survey comes as New York officials slowly reopen the city’s economy, which was shut down in a desperate bid to stanch the spread of COVID-19, a contagion that has killed more than 180,000 people across the country. The poll found that Manhattanites are the most satisfied with where they live and are the least likely to be looking to leave New York — with 48 percent saying they’re happy in their current neighborhood when asked where they’d live if they could live anywhere. Another 14 percent said they would pick another spot in the city.

However, it was a different story with respondents in The Bronx, where just 23 percent said they were happy in their current neighborhood and only another 17 percent said they wanted to live in another part of New York City.

Out on Staten Island, 26 percent told the pollsters they would move “somewhere far away from New York City” if they could pick anywhere to live — the highest percentage of any borough to say they would hope to abandon the metro area entirely.

New Yorkers give Mayor Bill de Blasio anemic marks, with just 45 percent saying they approve of the job he’s doing while 46 percent of voters say they disapprove. That compares to the largely stellar reviews offered for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who got high marks from 73 percent of those polled. And despite weeks of protests and calls to defund the NYPD, 53 percent of New Yorkers say they approve of the police department, with 40 percent disapproving.

Distance also apparently made Gothamites’ hearts grow fonder for the oft-maligned MTA, which scored an astonishing 73 percent approval rating from New Yorkers despite ultra-low ridership numbers for the subways and commuter rails following the coronavirus outbreak.

Surveyors interviewed 1,485 New Yorkers selected by randomly dialing phone numbers. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Detroit police urging calm after cops shoot suspect, unruly crowd gathers

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George Hunter

The Detroit News

August 14, 2014

Detroit — In light of clashes between citizens and police in Ferguson, Mo., Detroit police officials are taking steps to quell unrest in the city following an incident Wednesday in which an unruly crowd here had to be dispersed after officers shot a suspect.

A crowd gathered near Berkshire and Nottingham on Wednesday after Detroit police officers opened fire on a pair of men when they reportedly tried to run the officers down with their SUV. Police say the officers witnessed the men illegally purchasing a gun.

One of the suspects was shot in the arm and taken to an area hospital. The other man was arrested. 

In the wake of the incident, the crowd reportedly became so unruly that other units had to be called in to help. Some in the crowd, upset because officers shot one of the suspects, reportedly invoked the situation in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where tensions are high after officers shot and killed a man some witnesses say was unarmed and trying to surrender. Police there say the man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, tried to grab an officer’s gun.shooting

Protesters in Ferguson on Wednesday threw Molotov cocktails at officers, who used tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse the crowd.

During Wednesday’s situation in Detroit, one man crossed the yellow police line and allegedly tried to attack an officer, who used pepper spray to stop him. The man was taken into custody.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he’s taking steps to calm citizens, considering what’s happening in Missouri.

“My view is to keep dialogue with the community open,” he said Thursday morning. “There may have been some upset over Ferguson and expressed their frustration during our investigation (Wednesday).”dangerous

Craig said he will instruct his neighborhood police officers to reach out to the community. In March, the chief launched the NPO program, with help from a Skillman Foundation grant, to strengthen ties between police and the community.

“Our plan is to ensure our NPOs are in the neighborhoods maintaining communication,” Craig said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Police Department is nearing the end of federal oversight, which the city agreed to in 2003 to avoid lawsuits alleging police misconduct including brutality and deplorable conditions of confinement. Prior to the agreement, there were several shootings by officers that some say hadn’t been properly investigated.

U.S. Department of Justice officials say the police department has since made significant steps toward fixing the issues that necessitated the three consent decrees.

Last week, Detroit law officials and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a joint motion in federal court asking a judge to terminate the oversight, and Justice entered an 18-month transition agreement with the police department, in which federal authorities would review Detroit police internal audits and conduct onsite visits to ensure police department reforms are sustained.

Ron Scott, director of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, who was instrumental in bringing federal oversight to the city, said there’s still a rift between many citizens and police.

“I think the situation in Ferguson could easily happen here,” he said. “We saw the tip of the iceberg last night, where the smallest thing could spark an incident. People feel disrespected, with the stop-and-frisk policy, and all these militarized raids.

“It happened in ’67, and it could happen now. I’m not hoping for it; I’m not advocating for it, but I’m just saying there’s tension in the street.”
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