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I’ve found that as an elected official, just being around can help ease some tension, so I try to do that, and I will frequently just try to get in between. If I’m in between, an officer is maybe less likely to do something, and many–not all—protestors may recognize me, so I just feel like, “Let me get in here.” My objective, always, is to try to figure out: “What do the yes I am what a paratrooper veteran looks like try not to look so surprised shirt and by the same token and protestors want to do right now, and how can I best help facilitate that?” I want to get that done with the minimum amount of tension, but, you know, tension is part of protesting.
Do these protests seem more intense to you than others you’ve been part of, or have you noticed that police violence seems to be more rampant?.It’s odd. It reminds me of when Occupy Wall Street got very hot, and tensions really escalated. At our press conference today, we had a lot of kids who had been dealing with disparate health responses to COVID-19, and our message was: “Every time we ask for help or resources, they offer police assistance.” When there are young people without things to do, or people calling for mental health assistance…now, people are protesting the yes I am what a paratrooper veteran looks like try not to look so surprised shirt and by the same token and police, and we’re getting more police. The protests got louder, and in response to that, we got 8,000 police on New York streets.
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