NYC Lawmaker Calls on Trump to Cut Benefits of People Caught Looting
New York City Councilman Joseph 'Joe' Borelli puts proposal to president
A New York City lawmaker has called on President Donald Trump to cut the relief benefits of people who are caught looting during riots and unrest.
NYC Councilman Joseph 'Joe' Borelli (R-South Shore) says he has spoken with the president and put forward his proposal aimed at punishing those who have ravaged communities across America with violence and crime.
Borelli has advised the president he should "revoke" coronavirus assistance money to anyone arrested for looting.
The pro-Trump Republican lawmaker argues that greater punitive action needs to be taken to deter looters around the city, according to SI Live.
"Witnessing looters emptying Apple stores and exiting the store only to be violently assaulted and robbed by other criminals has shaken the confidence of everyday New Yorkers,” Borelli said.
Law-abiding residents "are afraid to travel to work, hospitals, and shop for necessities,” he added.
Protests started in the city over the weekend following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody.
As protesters clashed with police, looters – a mix of opportunists and third-party instigators – took advantage of the situation, according to reports.
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The rise in violence forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to issue a citywide curfew through Sunday night.
The curfew failed to reduce criminal activity, forcing de Blasio to push for an earlier start time.
Borelli believes that the city leaders aren’t doing enough to deter the violence and that threatening much-needed federal support and benefits could get the job done.
Currently, unemployment benefit under the CARES Act provides $600 a week, but Borelli doesn't see why people should see a double benefit.
“It is unfair and unacceptable that people who are furloughed from retail stores are receiving the same supplemental benefit as those who are smashing and looting retail stores and I hope this can be addressed immediately,” he said.
What’s happening in New York right now is just unconscionable. Looters roaming from store to store. This is not a protest. pic.twitter.com/9G2AENAChf— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) June 2, 2020
The NYPD said Wednesday that they had arrested about 290 people for protesting and looting overnight.
However, de Blasio told reporters that Tuesday night was a “step forward” in reducing the violence and criminal activity seen throughout the weekend.