MANHATTAN - As one of the few non-prosecutors running to be District Attorney, Dan Quart is ready to take on police reform head on. He is the only candidate who has fought for accountability and transparency for years— Quart spent half a decade leading the fight to repeal 50-a, the law that allowed officers to shield their misconduct records. Police accountability is public safety, which is why he will always hold officers accountable for misconduct and abuse as District Attorney.
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New York Daily News: NYC politicians finally get police reform
In New York City’s last citywide elections in 2017, Cy Vance ran virtually unopposed for reelection as Manhattan DA. Though Vance claims to be a progressive prosecutor, he actually has run a severely punitive office. Despite Manhattan having fewer people than Brooklyn and Queens, his office has sent more New Yorkers to Rikers Island than any of the other city DAs. In fact, over one-third of the city’s jail population comes from Manhattan.
By sharp contrast, in this year’s campaign to replace the retiring Vance, three of the eight candidates — Tahanie Abousie, Eliza Orlins and Dan Quart — promote a substantive progressive agenda, promising, for example, to decline to prosecute many, if not all, low-level arrests that result from the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing strategy targeting mainly poor Black and Brown New Yorkers for minor offenses, such as petty larceny, fare evasion and drug possession.
Four of the remaining five candidates also, rather dubiously, lay claim to the progressive mantle because, it seems, embracing that identity is electorally advantageous in this political moment. For instance, even Tali Farhadian Weinstein, an ex-prosecutor that one public defender’s organization, Five Boro Defenders, has called “especially dangerous” in its voter education guide, is arranging to have flyers placed in our mailboxes promoting her record as a criminal justice reformer.
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