2013-08-30 / Community

Freedom Ride To History

By Miriam Rosenberg


A sign of togetherness as the group gets ready to board the ‘A’ train to City Hall. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg A sign of togetherness as the group gets ready to board the ‘A’ train to City Hall. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Councilman Donovan Richards led a group of young people from the PAL and the Rockaway Youth Task Force on a subway ride to history last week. Richards and approximately 30 others took the ‘A’ train to City Hall where he and fellow City Council members overturned Mayor Bloomberg’s vetoes of two bills related to stop and frisk – one on profiling and the other to have an Inspector General oversee the NYPD.

Before getting on the train Richards told the young people, “We’re getting on the ‘A’ train for justice. Because there is a big issue of a disconnect between the Police Department and our local communities when it comes to stopping and frisking our young people….. We want to make sure while there are criminals out there, that all of us are not treated that way.”


Milan Taylor of the Rockaway Youth Task Force and Councilman Donovan Richards with some of those about to head into Manhattan. Milan Taylor of the Rockaway Youth Task Force and Councilman Donovan Richards with some of those about to head into Manhattan. Milan Taylor, the president of the Rockaway Youth Task Force added, “Very often when issues affect us we as young people don’t really stand up for ourselves. We let adults do the work for us. Today we’re taking direct action for us to stand up for ourselves, because this issue directly affects us as young people in this community.”

Richards told The Wave he believed the bills would strengthen the ties between the community and the Police Department. He also called stop and frisk a good tool if it is used correctly.

“We want to make sure that moving forward, especially in the Rockaways where we’re trying to deal with crime head on, that we’re going to be able to work with the Police Department directly,” said Richards.

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