No good deed . . .
A kindly Samaritan sees a person mendacity on a chilly Fifth Avenue sidewalk, and drapes him with a coat. His thanks? The homeless man, recognized by police as 25-year-old Xavier Israel, jumps up, assaults his benefactor and steals his pockets.
After all of the dysfunction on our streets the previous couple of years, you’d thought nothing may shock you.
Nothing, alas, may discomfit the de Blasio administration, however maybe with a brand new mayor, Eric Adams, we will have a dialog concerning the that means of “compassion.”
Despite the rhetoric of the left, New York City is compassionate. We spend $2 billion on homelessness, primarily for the shelter system, however that doesn’t embody the billions extra we spend on issues like lease subsidies aimed toward preserving folks from turning into homeless.
It additionally doesn’t embrace the time and money donated by New Yorkers to charities.
But a big share, in all probability the bulk, of these residing on the streets are mentally sick, substance abusers or each. Attacking somebody who’s making an attempt to maintain you heat isn’t the signal of somebody of their proper thoughts.
Advocates will argue that Xavier Israel shouldn’t be despatched to jail, and due to progressive District Attorney Alvin Bragg, that probably received’t occur.
Surveillance footage exhibits Xavier Israel punching a Good Samaritan and robbing his pockets after he gave his coat.
But too typically after that little bit of “set him free” justice, what occurs is . . . nothing. The particular person is put again on the streets and assaults another person.
Been to Penn Station just lately? There are folks camped out throughout, however the scary half for commuters are these mumbling or screaming profanities, reeling throughout the widespread areas with their fingers down their pants, prepared for a combat. Even eye contact will provoke them.
This isn’t proper for them. Or us. They have time bombs of their heads, and town does one thing solely after they go off.
Progressives say this isn’t the job of police. Fine. But take into account that, below the earlier administration, homeless “outreach” staff would stroll via Penn Station and politely ask the homeless in the event that they needed some assist.
Well, that was the idea anyway. An audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discovered that the Bowery Residents’ Committee charged town $1.4 million in bills that had been both unsupported or not allowed, together with for a chartered-boat celebration. When The Post visited the group’s workplace in Penn Station, it was typically closed.
Commuters cope with dozens of hostile homeless folks residing in Penn Station.Daniel William McKnight
Even after they had been working, although, BRC was doomed to fail, for his or her provides had been voluntary. What particular person affected by schizophrenia goes to have the ability to determine what’s proper for themselves? They are the individuals who assault somebody giving them a coat.
Compassion isn’t saying “we can give you help. No? OK.” Compassion is “you can’t sleep here. We’ll take you someplace that you can, and we can get you the help that you need.”
New Yorkers shouldn’t must actually give the coats off their backs to folks sleeping on the sidewalk. And they definitely shouldn’t be attacked for it. We can repair that.
You can repair that, Mayor Adams.