(New York, NY) — Some store owners in Astoria, Queens are shocked by some of the suggestions a local City Councilwoman is making to them to fight crime in their neighborhood. That’s the same place where an FDNY EMT was stabbed to death Thursday.
Councilwoman Tiffany Caban, along with State Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani are passing out fliers with their ideas of how to fight off a potential attacker. Some of the suggestions include “Give the person causing harm the chance to correct their behavior”, or “Scream stop that’s not okay” to a potential intruder.
The flier tells shop owners to repeat those words until the person changes their behavior. No where in the one sheet do the lawmakers say to call 911.
Caban and Zohran also tell business owners dealing with the homeless to call 311, and to avoid calling the Department of Homeless Services because they may involve the NYPD.