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The mayor of New York “does not feel safe” in the subway, and admits that New Yorkers don’t feel safe either, he said today at a news conference, three days after a woman was killed by a homeless man who pushed her onto the tracks as a train pulled onto the platform.
“Since January 1, when I took the train, I saw the bums, the screams, the screams already early in the morning,” the mayor said, describing the large number of homeless people who walk through the stations and subway cars, sometimes in an aggressive attitude.
“We know that we have a pending task, we are going to lower (the rate of) crimes and we are going to make New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system, because now they do not feel, I do not feel (safe) when I take the subway ”, acknowledged Mayor Eric Adams.
The event that has shocked the city took place last Saturday morning: a 61-year-old homeless man apparently randomly chose his victim, a 40-year-old woman who was alone on the platform of the central Times Square station, and pushed her onto the track just as the train was speeding into the station, causing her instant death.
The man got on another car and later turned himself in to the police after confessing his crime; Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he has spent twenty years of his life with frequent visits to psychiatric hospitals.
Insecurity was one of the reasons that Adams repeated the most in his election campaign for mayor, always highlighting his past as a police officer and promising to end crime.
The subway network, one of the largest in the world, is pointed out as very unsafe, and in fact in the days prior to the attack, the mayor had announced the deployment of additional police officers at the busiest stations.
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