Lia Eustachewich, Mayor de Blasio on Thursday said cops should “confront” people accused of “hurtful” behavior — even if the behavior doesn’t rise to the level of a crime.
Asked if the NYPD and city could be doing more to thwart the troubling surge in hate crimes against Asians, Hizzoner suggested the warnings could be a last resort.
“Even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it’s NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they’ve done was very hurtful to another person — and could, if ever repeated, lead to criminal charges — that’s another important piece of the puzzle,” de Blasio told reporters.
“That’s why we need these reports,” he said.
Asked how the so-called “confrontations” would work, de Blasio said the NYPD is already trained at doling out warnings.
“If someone has done something wrong, but not rising to a criminal level, it’s perfectly appropriate for an NYPD officer to talk to them to say, ‘that was not appropriate, and if you did that on a higher level, that would be a crime,’” he said.
“I think that has an educating impact on people. I think it has a sobering impact that we need. That’s why we need every report.”
De Blasio suggested a simple warning could curb further violence.
“I assure you, if an NYPD officer calls you or shows up at your door to ask you about something you did, it makes people think twice,” he said. “We need that.”
Asian hate crimes have been on the rise in the Big Apple, prompting the NYPD to beef up its presence in Asian American communities like Chinatown and Flushing.
The amped-up response also came a day after a gunman slaughtered eight people — including six Asian women — at massage parlors across Atlanta, Georgia.