What would they have America replace law enforcement with? Social Services?

Can’t replace policing with social services that don’t do what they’re supposed to

Black Lives Matter and other activists are calling on cities across the nation to #DefundthePolice. So what would they have us replace law enforcement with? Many are calling for diverting resources from police to social-service systems, including mental-health care.

The problem is that these arguments studiously ignore the dysfunctional state of the systems we have. Indeed, it’s because of chronic policy failure in areas such as mental health that the police and other public-safety agencies so often find themselves dealing with problems that shouldn’t be their responsibility.

Consider the case of Rashid Brimmage, a 31-year-old homeless New Yorker with a serious mental illness, who has been ­arrested a whopping 103 times over the last 15 years.

This month, he allegedly shoved to the ground a 92-year-old woman near the corner of Third Avenue and East 16th Street in Manhattan. Surveillance video of the incident shows her striking her head against a fire hydrant and Brimmage proceeding along without even breaking his stride. The alleged assault was random and completely unprovoked.

Would more spending on mental health have kept Brimmage out of jail and his victim from having been put “in a state where [she’s] fearful to walk the streets alone,” as The Post has reported?

Probably not. We know this, because we tried it, via Mayor Bill de Blasio’s high-profile ThriveNYC initiative and other equally expensive and misbegotten programs in the Big Apple.

If states and cities are “laboratories of democracy,” New York should be seen as an experiment in whether vast spending on social services fixes social problems. The budgets of Gotham’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York state Office of Mental Health are the envy of social workers in poorer red states. And yet the results are utterly underwhelming.

Even if they haven’t been assaulted by the mentally ill, many Gothamites have shared subway cars with symptomatic street people and grown inured to headline-grabbing atrocities. Before Brimmage, there was Randy Santos, the perp behind the Chinatown stabbing spree last fall.

Before Santos, there was David Aleer-Chol, a mentally ill homeless man busted in 2018 for sending a senior citizen to the hospital after assaulting him near Bryant Park with a bike lock. And then there was Marcus Gomez, a resident of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center arrested on charges that he repeatedly stabbed his grandmother’s home-health aide the same year.

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The data back up New Yorkers’ impressions of a broken mental-health system. As of last year, about 17 percent of the city’s jail inmates have a serious mental illness, as do more than 13,000 of the homeless. Both metrics have been on the rise during the ThriveN­YC era.

Launched in 2015, Hizzoner’s Thrive initiative has faced withering criticism for its lack of accountability and opacity. Its core flaw, though, is its neglect of cases like Brimmage.

The program dedicates only a token share of its $222 million annual budget to the seriously mentally ill, instead focusing mainly on problems such as mild depression and anxiety. Even after a recent reboot, Thrive is expected to dedicate about a quarter of its budget to serious mental illness.

Shoveling more money into the mental-health system without addressing its manifold deficiencies amounts to a call for “revenue before reform.” Progressives might as well cut the police budget and send taxpayers a rebate.

Helping the hardest cases always takes more than money.

In the case of mental health, the hardest cases are found largely in shelters and jails and on the streets. That’s where we should target our resources, using interventions targeted to the seriously mentally ill. People with mild depression and anxiety don’t need court-ordered treatment programs, such as Kendra’s Law, and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. But people with schizophrenia sometimes do.

Advocates believe that stripping funds from the police and transferring them to social services takes an enlightened, “upstream” approach to policymaking. But that same prevention-oriented rationale justified ThriveNYC’s focus on mild mental illness instead of serious mental illness. Far too often, going upstream to prevent social problems isn’t enlightened — but simply an excuse to dodge responsibility for our most pressing social challenges.

#DefundthePolice would have us hamstring a vital public service — only to swell the budgets of failed programs already gorged with taxpayer cash.

By Stephen Eide

How NYC’s hottest sex club is doing socially distanced orgies

They’re open for frisky business.

As New York City emerges from lockdown and enters into Phase Two of reopening Monday, a Soho sex club is navigating how to get down and dirty while still staying squeaky clean and coronavirus-free.

In order for the members-only group called NSFW — which stands for the New Society For Wellness — to open their clubhouse doors again, they’ve rolled out an assortment of new rules and regulations that take the risk out of risqué, The Post has learned.

“We had to figure out how to do this in the safest way possible, where no one feels at risk or in danger, but can still enjoy themselves,” says NSFW founder Daniel Saynt. Indeed, earlier this month, the city issued some guidelines for group sex, including to do the deed in a well-ventilated area and keep alcohol-based sanitizer on hand.

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So Saynt — whose job title is “chief conspirator” of the club — drafted additional safety precautions himself, including mandatory temperature checks at the door, bringing a separate change of clean clothes in a plastic bag, wearing a mask (NSFW has their own branded version) and gloves, using sanitation stations throughout the space, and of course, “no new sex,” which means you can’t hook up with anyone besides the partner you came with.

“We have enough room to give each other space, so we’re asking members to engage in a ‘no new play’ policy, which means come and play with a partner and experience NSFW for the exhibitionist and voyeuristic sides of it,” says Saynt of the 3,000-square-foot clubhouse the group uses for sex parties. “Throughout the clubhouse, there’s additional hand sanitizer and toy cleaners at sanitization stations.”

In order to adhere to social-distancing policy, the cannabis-positive club is only allowing 20 members to attend in person, which is 10% of the space’s capacity.

“We’re keeping the cap nice and low, at least until we get to Phase Three,” Saynt adds.

Last weekend, NSFW gave the new rules a spin for a two-day in-person and digital “sex-tival” called Relief, which broadcast kink workshops, adult performers and erotic dancers via their livestreaming platform Cam4 to online viewers for $10 (members only) or $25 (first-timers).

Members who snagged a spot fast enough were able to attend in person for $50.

The Domme Kat, a professional dominatrix and fetish wrestler, was one of the first to dip her toes, butt and bosom into the new kind of sex party.

“When you walk in, there’s a bowl of masks, a bowl of black gloves and hand sanitizer, so everyone has access to it right away,” she recalls. “And everything is cleaned like crazy.”

As Kat set up for her booty painting performance — which saw her “cover my butt in paint and sit on stuff,” as well as “make flowers with my vulva” — she couldn’t help but notice less sex in the air.

“Usually I’m jammed on a couch with someone — passing a spliff, a couple people are in the back having sex and there’s lots of moaning,” she says. “This … was not that.”

But once she got into her groove of pouring and knifing candle wax off of a “bratty” submissive, she was more grateful than ever to be back in business.

“Even just spanking somebody — that skin-on-skin touch feels so good,” she says. “You’re like, ‘That’s another person. There’s warm flesh under there.’ Oh my God, I missed it.”

The future of Saynt’s sex parties will continue to blend the virtual with the real by equipping the clubhouse — which also has a stripper pole, sex swing and cage — with cameras and computer screens throughout.

“It’s taking the digital audience and bringing them into the clubhouse and taking our physical audience and giving them access to dozens of additional members online,” explains Saynt.

In order to become a member of NSFW, applicants must submit a detailed questionnaire that’s reviewed by “The Council,” and the review can take up to four weeks. Once approved, members must pay a monthly membership fee of $20.

The average age of members is 28, and many tend to be “attractive, influential, socially driven with a desire to raise a little hell,” according to their website.

Their next Master Series event will be on June 28, and will teach viewers and attendees the art of “shibari” (Japanese rope bondage).

While the changes have thrown a wrinkle into their revelry, just being back in action last weekend was sweeter than ever, says Melissa Vitale, the publicist for NSFW.

On Father’s Day, Cuba’s Elian Gonzalez announces he’s set to become a dad and wants to reconcile with his relatives in miami

Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy whose custody case sparked diplomatic tensions and attracted intense media coverage, will soon be a father himself, he announced on Facebook on Sunday.

Gonzalez, 26, made the announcement on Father’s Day and said his own father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, who brought him back from the US to Cuba, was his inspiration as he prepared to become a dad for the first time.

González says he wants to reconcile with his Miami relatives
Cuba’s Elián González says he wants to reconcile with his Miami relatives
“Soon I will begin to understand what it means to be a father,” Elian Gonzalez wrote on his Facebook page. “But what I know up until now is my father and I hope to do it as half as well as he did with me.”

In a message to CNN on Sunday, Gonzalez said he and his fiancée were expecting to have a baby girl later this summer.

On Thanksgiving Day in 1999, a 5-year-old Gonzalez was found clinging to an inner tube off the Florida coast. His mother and nine others drowned after the rickety boat they were traveling in capsized while they attempted to reach the United States from Cuba.

Gonzalez went to live with relatives in Miami who refused to return him to his father in Cuba. Juan Miguel Gonzalez said he was unaware of his ex-wife’s plan to take the boy on the dangerous journey to the US.

The case stoked Cold War-era tensions between the US and Cuba as Gonzalez’s father and the Miami relatives battled in US court for custody of the little boy. US immigration officials eventually decided that Gonzalez should be returned to his father’s custody, who came to the United States to argue for his son’s return.

Eventually armed US federal agents stormed the Miami home where Gonzalez was staying with his uncle to reunite him with his father. A famous photograph of a terrified Gonzalez looking at an armed US agent won a Pulitzer Prize.

Rioting broke out in Cuban American communities in Miami, where many felt Gonzalez’s return to Cuba would deliver a propaganda victory to Fidel Castro.

After the US Supreme Court refused to get involved in the case, father and son traveled back to Cuba.

Gonzalez grew up for the most part out of the spotlight in Cuba. In a rare interview in 2017, he told CNN that he agreed with what his father had done and was a strong supporter of the Cuban government. But he also said he hoped to one day reconcile with his Miami relatives.

Over 50 people shot, 9 killed, in violent Chicago weekend


At least nine people — including four kids — were killed and 51 others wounded in shootings in Chicago this weekend, according to reports.

Among the four children killed was 3-year-old Mekay James, who was fatally struck in the back Saturday at around 6:30 p.m. in Austin, on the city’s West Side, local outlets reported.

The tot died after someone in a blue Honda pulled up behind the black SUV the boy’s 27-year-old father was driving and fired several rounds, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Police sources told the outlet the father, whose abdomen was grazed by a bullet, was believed to be the intended target.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting “a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice,” adding that the boy “had his whole life ahead of him,” according to the Sun-Times.

About two hours later, also in Austin, a 13-year-old girl was killed and two teenage boys were injured in another spray of gunfire.

Amaria J. Jones was fatally hit in the neck as she sat inside her home. The teen boys, aged 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when one of them noticed a red laser pointing at him and heard gunfire, police said.

The younger boy, who was struck in the back, and the older boy, who was hit in the leg, were taken to a hospital in good condition.

Hours earlier in South Chicago, a man shot and killed 17-year-old Jasean Francis and a 16-year-old boy, whose name wasn’t immediately released. The teens were in an alley at around 5:10 p.m. when they were gunned down, authorities said.

Also on Saturday night, police responding to reports of a shooting at 7:46 p.m. in Austin found two injured men on the sidewalk. One of them, 27, died of gunshot wounds to the torso, while the other, 32, was hit in the left foot, according to Sun-Times Media.

Less than an hour earlier, a 23-year-old man was fatally struck in the neck during a fight in Logan Square on the city’s Northwest Side.

On Friday night, two men were killed in separate shootings less than an hour apart on the West Side.

Johnny Teajue, 33, was hit in the neck during a drive-by shooting at around 9:52 p.m. in Austin.

Another 33-year-old, Almos Collum, was killed when someone fired into his vehicle from another car around 10:49 p.m. in Garfield Park.

The latest fatal shooting took place early Sunday in Humboldt Park on the West Side, leaving 41-year-old Alexis Perez dead and three other men injured.


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Trump campaign rejects TikTok teens’ claims that they sabotaged rally


President Trump’s reelection campaign on Sunday rejected reports that TikTok teens and K-Pop fans had affected crowd sizes at the president’s Oklahoma rally by reserving tickets ahead of time.

“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

He accused the media of “gleefully” writing about the scam without contacting the campaign, saying the press “behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade.”

Parscale said people registered for the rally at Tulsa’s BOK Center with a cell phone and “we constantly weed out bogus numbers, as we did with tens of thousands at the Tulsa rally.”

“These phony ticket requests never factor into our thinking,” he continued.

The media, he said, had been warning Trump supporters to stay away from the rally because of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests that have been ongoing since George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

“For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting, but typical. And it makes us wonder why we bother credentialing media for events when they don’t do their full jobs as professionals,” he said in the statement.

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When images showed a smaller-than-anticipated crowd at the BOK Center, many teenagers using the social media site TikTok and fans of Korean pop music, took credit for orchestrating the empty seats.

“Actually, you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID,” the progressive lawmaker posted in response to a tweet from Parscale.

Parscale on Sunday also shared photos of police holding back protesters near an entrance to the arena.


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