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Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has jumped onto a tweet sent by former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton that went viral earlier this week. 

In the tweet, Bratton – who worked under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio – showed several homeless people sleeping on a subway train. 

‘You know why NY’s ‘recovery’ isn’t happening? This photo today on the E Train at 6:45am at 42nd & 8th says it all,’ he wrote. ‘Why should working people & tourists be subjected to this? How’s it fair to those who need services? Imagine the cops’ frustration with no support to deal with it!’

Ocasio-Cortez joined many others on the left in slamming the tweet for showing insensitivity to homeless people and pointing out how much of the city’s budget the police takes up, effectively continuing her call to defund the NYPD.

‘Of course they’re frustrated,’ she wrote. ‘It’s not policing’s job or purpose to address housing, provide healthcare or counseling, or solve the reasons people sleep on the subway. Maybe if we shifted some of that $11B/year spent on robo dogs to housing services we could get somewhere.’

Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has jumped onto a tweet sent by former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton that went viral earlier this week

In the tweet, Bratton – who worked under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio – showed several homeless people sleeping on a subway train

The Bowery Mission, a charity that helps the unhoused in the city, claims that one in every six people in New York City is homeless, a total of nearly 80,000, adding that among adults, homelessness is at an all-time high.

They also claim that at least 2,400 people sleep on the New York City streets every night. 

That extends to the youngest New Yorkers, as nearly one in every three children in the city live below the poverty line. 

Meanwhile, the NYPD’s budget is set to rise again from $5.22billion to $5.43billion in 2022. 

That’s an increase of over $200,000, but still down from the $6billion 2020 budget for the police. 

The police budget represents about 5.5 percent of the city’s total spending on programs for 2022. 

The city’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has a budget of $2.15billion, up a little under $100,000 from last year’s $2.05billion. 

The budget for homeless services has decreased from $2.18billion in 2019 under the de Blasio administration.

The city’s DHS budget makes up about two percent of New York’s social services budget. 

Bratton’s tweet went viral beyond the world of politics to celebrities who criticized the former chief. 

Actor Ethan Embry: ‘Good time to talk about how Bill is responsible for the horrid practice of rounding up the poor of NYC at night and forcefully bussing them to Connecticut. He also used the same illegal practice when transferred to Los Angeles, bussing LA’s poor to Bakersfield and Barstow.’

Former SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne: ‘Thanks boss. We give year round to orgs doing the hard work regarding homelessness and food insecurity issues. Always recommend @UpliftNorthwest and @NWHarvest. But this is a timely reminder we should think of & support other places including the great NYC—and we will.’

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins: ‘That’s weird, I never thought other people not having their own place to live was something that I was being ‘subjected to’ but then I also don’t think the answer to this situation is ‘cops’.’

Keechant Sewell, who is set to become the first black woman to hold the post after being tapped for Bratton’s old position by Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Wednesday, will be charged with the daunting task of reversing the violent crime that has plagued the city.  

Sewell is joining the department during a time when murders, rapes, felony assaults, and grand larcenies are on the upswing. 

During the week ending December 19, there were 11 murders in the city, a 37 percent year-over-year increase. Rapes increased 32 percent after 37 people were victimized during the same period.

Overall, murders are up 2.7 percent, rape is up three percent, and overall crime is up 5.7 percent in the city year-over-year. 

Already this year, 464 people have been murdered in the Big Apple, and 1,450 others have been raped. Another 13,308 New Yorkers have been robbed and 22,104 have been the victims of felony assault.

Ocasio-Cortez has been a staunch backer of defunding the police. 

Keechant Sewell speaks to the media at the Queensbridge houses in Long Island City after being named the next police chief of New York

Through December 12, crime remains on the rise across the board in New York City, up 5.7 percent overall

Shooting incidents and victims are already up by a fair amount from 2020 with a week still remaining in 2021

AOC calls for police to be defunded after Bill Bratton tweeted photo of five homeless on subway

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