TONY HERBERT, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND CANDIDATE FOR NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE WANTS TASK FORCE TO DEAL WITH UPTICK IN RAPE
Herbert says Mayor, City Council and District Attorneys are sending a message that NYC is soft on crime.
Far Rockaway, NY: Tony Herbert, founder of Advocates Without Borders and candidate for Public Advocate called on Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson to create a task force to learn why rape is on the rise.
Said Herbert, “This is the third time in 2 weeks that I am asking residents to come forward to help police find a man who attacked and raped a woman – this time in Far Rockaway Queens.
“Because woman have the courage to come forward, we now understand that New York City is experiencing a rise in rape crime, yet leaders have not unveiled a plan to deal with this violent crime. Today I am calling on Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson to convene a task force that includes Criminal Psychologists, Law Enforcement, District Attorneys, Judges and Corrections Officers to investigate why New York City is experiencing this spike in rape and come up with a plan to deal with it.
“Advising women to stay alert and change their behavior is unacceptable. Women are entitled to walk the streets of this city at any hour without worrying that they will be sexually assaulted. It’s time for the Mayor, the City Council and the District Attorneys to look inward at the policies they have put in place to assess whether they need to be tweaked.”
Herbert is concerned that the decision not to prosecute low level crimes and the release without bail of suspects charged with misdemeanor crimes has emboldened violent criminals.
“Saturday morning a good samaritan intervened in the attempted abduction of an 11 year old child by Relyn Estrada, a 40 year old registered level 1 sex offender. He actually smiled for the cameras as the police took him away in handcuffs. As a society we must send the message that violence against women, children or anyone is unacceptable and we won’t tolerate it. I believe the Mayor, City Council and certain District Attorney’s who refuse to prosecute low level crimes are sending a message that New York City is soft on crime.”