Defund for thee, however not for me.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman — a champion of defunding cops who claims policing is rife with “white supremacy” — requested for and acquired a particular police element to protect his Yonkers home within the days following the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot, The Post has realized.
“About a week after the Jan. 6th incident at the Capitol, we received a request from the Congressman’s office for increased police presence at his residence,” Yonkers Police Department Detective Lt. Dean Politopoulos informed The Post.
“In response, our Intelligence Unit was notified of the request and the local precinct instituted what is called a directed patrol at the Congressman’s home for the next two weeks,” Politopoulos stated.
Politopoulos stated police haven’t detected something uncommon in Bowman’s space for the final a number of years.
Five individuals died Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., as 1000’s of protesters stormed the US Capitol Building in a bid to cease Congress from certifying the presidential election for Joe Biden. Many members of Congress needed to be shuttled to security as the group rampaged by means of the constructing.
Bowman himself rode out the storm hunkered down in his workplace within the Longworth House Office Building, a 3rd of a mile south of the Capitol. The rabble rousers didn’t make it there and through the mayhem Capitol Police truly evacuated these at risk on Capitol Hill to the protection of Longworth.
A day after the riot, the congressman informed radio host Ebro Darden he had been “safe pretty much throughout the event.”
Reps for the Congressman informed The Post the cops had been introduced in after Bowman
“US Capitol Police advised us to reach out to local authorities to request heightened patrolling of his residence until the situation was mitigated. We followed their advice,” Chief of Staff Sarah Iddrissu informed The Post.
She declined to elaborate on the threats past saying they had been of “varying degrees of alarm.” Iddrissu additionally sidestepped inquiries about whether or not the Congressman’s actions had been hypocritical in mild of his anti-police stances.
Bowman — a Democratic Socialist who has developed shut ties to “The Squad” progressives since going to Congress — final yr ousted 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel within the Westchester-based district’s Democratic main.
Bowman’s victory got here lower than two months after the dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Congressman has made defunding the police central to his political id.
“A system this cruel and inhumane can’t be reformed. Defund the police, and defund the system that’s terrorizing our communities,” he said in December 2020. “We screamed defund the police so we could reallocate those resources toward something that focuses on true public health and public safety,” Bowman added in an April tweet.
Bowman even attacked former President Obama when Obama urged the defund the police slogan was doing more harm than good.
“The problem is America’s comfort with Black death — not discomfort with slogans,” Bowman snapped.
The congressman has often accused cops of being brokers of “white supremacy.”
“Too many police in our country are more concerned with protecting white supremacy than serving the communities that pay their salaries,” Bowman thundered in a May 2021 tweet. “We need to urgently and explicitly address white supremacy and its presence in our police forces,” he said elsewhere.
Critics laced into Bowman for searching for additional protection from the very legislation enforcers he’s derided.
“Congressman Bowman’s cry for extra policing at his home is hypocrisy at its worst,” Keith Olson, president of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, informed The Post. “Not long ago, the Congressman called for dramatically less policing in the most violent, crime ridden neighborhoods … Asking these same police officers to protect your family while creating policies that make communities of color less safe is simply disgraceful.”
Other progressive pols discuss an enormous sport on defunding cops, however have labored out particular preparations for themselves.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent greater than $9,000 for “security consulting services” in 2021 from the Brooklyn-based firm C’est Bon Collective. She dropped one other $24,279 in January to Three Bridges, one other New York safety agency.
Reps for AOC declined to remark.
Progressive mayoral candidate Maya Wiley — who has known as for slashing $1 billion from the NYPD — enjoys a personal safety guard for the Brooklyn enclave the place her $2 million-plus home is located.
The NYPD declined to supply any details about safety requests and the US Capitol Police didn’t reply to requests to call different Congress members who had requested or acquired further safety.