AOC Opponent and former NYPD Officer on NYPD Suicide Crisis

John Cummings: the NYPD suicide crisis and attacks on our police officers have the same root cause – a failure of leadership from our elected leaders

Bronx, NY… John Cummings, AOC opponent and retired New York City Police Officer who has been teaching high school civics and economics in the Bronx for over two decades, today released the following statement:

“My heart breaks for the families of our law enforcement officers whose lives have been lost both in the line of duty and by their own hand. The men and women of law enforcement in New York City are under attack. As Attorney General Barr said this week, there has been a 20% increase in assaults on our police officers across the country in recent years – 60,000 per year! The NYPD suicide crisis and attacks on our police officers have the same root cause – a failure of leadership from our elected leaders. Police officers are being executed in the streets and they are being attacked trying to do their daily duty. They are even taking their own lives in record number because they have no support from our leaders.
From AOC claiming that people have ‘no choice but to riot,’ to Bill de Blasio’s long and painful record of turning his back on law enforcement in New York City, our elected leaders are a disgrace, and worse – a danger to our communities. There’s a reason people now feel it is acceptable to attack police officers.
Even more disgraceful is that while AOC spews hateful anti-police rhetoric, she’s receiving the best healthcare in the world under the Congressional health insurance plan, and our police officers do not receive full mental healthcare under NYPD health insurance.
We cannot let irresponsible elected officials like Mayor de Blasio and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez undo the tremendous work our law enforcement community, and the NYPD in particular, have done to make New York City one of the safest large cities in the world. We cannot let them lead us back into the bad old days. AOC and de Blasio need to cut out the dangerous rhetoric and support the people who sacrifice their lives to protect ours. When I am elected to Congress, our men and women in law enforcement will be one of my highest priorities. Blue Lives Matter.”