AOC Makes False Claim About US Justice System, Endorses Criminal Activity in NYC
Socialist Rep. praises those who stormed a subway station refusing to pay
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) expressed support for those who stormed a New York City subway station and refused to pay the required fare on Saturday.
According to the New York Post:
“Close to a thousand anti-police protesters descended on Downtown Brooklyn Friday night, blocking traffic, vandalizing a city bus and shouting obscene insults at NYPD cops."
“The demonstration formed soon after 7 p.m. on the streets near the Barclays Center, with protesters unfurling large banners that read ‘F—k the police’ and ‘Don’t let these pigs touch us.'”
Ocasio-Cortez then tweeted a false claim that the United States’ criminal justice system was a “mass incarceration” system, which jails the poor to free the rich” – a claim she failed to back up with any real facts.
“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich."
“Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community. New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stated that anyone entering its facilities without payment is prohibited:
"No person shall use or enter upon the facilities or conveyances of the Authority, for any purpose, without the payment of the fare or tender of other valid fare media used in accordance with any conditions and restrictions imposed by the Authority.
"For the purposes of this section, it shall be considered an entrance into a facility or conveyance whenever a person passes through a point at which a fare is required or collected.
"No person shall, for purposes of gaining entry into a facility, proceed over or under any turnstile or otherwise proceed in any other unauthorized manner through an exit gate or through or past any other point at which a fare is required or collected, and it shall be no defense to a charge of a violation of this subdivision that fare media, a fare media sales device or a fare collection device was malfunctioning."
Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2019
Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community.
New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other. https://t.co/asvidIe5zV
The penalties for not paying is also outlined by the MTA, which include criminal prosecution:
"Pursuant to section 1204(5-a) of the Public Authorities Law, any person committing one or more violations of these rules shall be subject to either:
"(a) criminal prosecution in the criminal court of the City of New York, which court may impose a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars or a term of imprisonment for not longer than ten days, or both; or
"(b) civil penalties imposed by the transit adjudication bureau in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars per violation (exclusive of interest or costs assessed thereon)."
This is not the first time the socialist Rep has endorsed criminal activity.
Earlier this year, she advised illegal immigrants on skirting around the law and evading Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) round-up, citing a George Soros funded group United We Dream.
“Warning: The Trump admin is expected to begin ICE raids across the country TOMORROW, targeting people for round up,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a post.
The tweet also linked to a tweet by Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which listed several significant cities where ICE raids were expected to start.