NYC to use more non-police ‘ambassadors’ to urge distancing

News

Bicyclists and runners enjoy Central Park, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in New York during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to double the ranks of non-police workers trying to persuade people to comply with social distancing after an outcry over racial disparities in the city’s enforcement of the policy.

De Blasio says the number of city workers deployed as “social distancing ambassadors” will soon grow from around 1,000 to 2,300. Police department data released Friday showed that of the 374 summonses issued through May 5 for violating distancing orders, 52% were given to black people and 30% to Hispanic people.

The Democratic mayor on Friday called those statistics “an indicator that something’s wrong we need to fix.” 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Graduate Gallery
Livin Upstate Deals
Carolina Eats Contest
Adopt A Thon
wspa news app free for download choose your store below
download the wspa news app from the apple app store
download the wspa news app from the google play store

Trending Stories