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Media outlets, such as the New York Post, reported that Yuh-Line Niou, a left-wing congresswoman from the state of New York who is pushing for the defunding of the police, moved out of Harlem due to security problems.
The media outlet refers to an interview Yuh-Line Niou gave to local media outlet The Lo-Down, in which she explains the reasons why she decided to move out. “I actually was robbed when I was living in Harlem. My boyfriend at the time, my fiancé, didn’t think I was safe up there, so he told me to move in, and so that’s how I moved to the Financial District with him,” the congresswoman explained.
Despite acknowledging the insecurity, New York Post also recalled that during her campaign, Yuh-Line Niou pushed to defund law enforcement. “She believes that we are long overdue for police reform in this country and that we need to defund millions from the police in order to put critical funding back into our social services, education, and housing,” her campaign stated.
The congresswoman is now seeking another term in another district, the New York Post explained that “Niou bid to represent the newly configured Lower Manhattan-Brooklyn House seat has earned endorsements from ‘Sex and the City’ star and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left-wing group New York Communities for Change and state Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick), among others.”
Defunding the police despite insecurity
This is not the first person to push to defund the police and experience insecurity. In December of last year, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was the victim of an armed robbery of her vehicle in the city of Philadelphia, an incident from which she escaped unharmed, her office reported.
The congresswoman is one of the cosponsors of the Mental Health Justice Act. At the time that bill was introduced in February 2021, it was reported that the purpose was to make it easier for state and local governments to defund police in order to shift those resources to mental health services.