An interview with Simone Gamble
“You can’t use policing to solve public health problems… What communities need is more education, public services notices and engagement by social services and the caring community!”
– Simone Gamble of the Justice Committee
Social-distancing a word that was unfamiliar to many just a couple of months ago is now part of the everyday lexicon for millions of Americans. A health pandemic conjures up pictures of the sick being nursed back to health, quiet conversations between doctor and patient, but this pandemic is different.
The decision by politicians to put the NYPD in charge of social distancing enforcement poses a unique set of challenges for communities of colour. A quick look at the history of the NYPD would have made even the most disinterested observer pause for thought but not Mayor De Blasio...