NYC candidate booed after declaring ‘All Lives Matter’
A candidate for New York’s 65th District incited boos from the audience at a recent forum in New York City when she declared her belief that “all lives matter.”
Six candidates for the 65th District participating in a forum at the Abrons Arts Center Playhouse were asked Tuesday night to articulate their thoughts about improving police relations with minority communities, and all but one stated their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, DNAinfo reports.
But incumbent Alice Cancel, who won a special election to replace disgraced Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver this spring, provided a different answer that didn’t sit well with many in attendance.
“All lives matter,” Cancel said. “All lives matter.”
According to the news site:
Much of the crowd at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center Playhouse erupted in boos, while some applause and cheers could also be heard.
Once the furor died down, Cancel shared her perspective on tackling fraught relations between officers and citizens, which she attributed to a growing lack of familiarity between the two — the answer, she argued, is closing the gap.
“I am going to be very honest with you – I have been living in this community for 40 years, and I used to know that cop on the beat,” Cancel said. “That cop on the beat knew everybody in my community, whether it was public housing, whether it was private housing – that was the cop that we knew. – READ MORE