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Unmoved by Reality

Posted 2/19/21

For much of the last several years, Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have been pushing law-enforcement reforms that disregard past history and recent developments, in service to the outrage over the killing of George Floyd by a brutal Minneapolis cop, that raise serious questions about the practicality of what they call reforms. If they intend these as a left-of-center version of what Kellyanne Conway dubbed alternative facts, they should stop to consider how well that worked out for the Trump Administration.

Mr. de Blasio recently hailed the city's moving forward with its plan to close Rikers Island by 2027. While it's easy for him to be cheerful about this, since he'll be long gone from City Hall by then, unpleasant facts within his own administration seem to have eluded his consciousness.

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