New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that he would approve of members of the New York Police Department visiting the homes of people who had been reported for anti-Asian, hateful, or racist behavior.
De Blasio encouraged New Yorkers to report behavior they saw as hateful or racist before suggesting that a visit from the NYPD or other city agency could have a "sobering impact."
"Even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it's NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they've done was very hurtful to another person — and could, if ever repeated, lead to criminal charges — that's another important piece of the puzzle," de Blasio said.
De Blasio said the NYPD would be a good choice as its officers are familiar with issuing warnings.
"One of the things officers are trained to do is to give warnings. If someone has done something wrong, but not rising to a criminal level, it's perfectly appropriate for an NYPD officer to talk to them to say, ‘that was not appropriate, and if you did that on a higher level, that would be a crime.' I think that has an educating impact on people, I think that has a sobering impact that we need."
🔦 De Blasio's comments follow shootings at three massage parlors earlier this week that resulted in the death of six Asian women.