Brooklyn Borough President Adams calls for mental health reforms following arrest of man in connection to A line subway stabbings
Brooklyn and city officials gathered in Downtown Brooklyn Sunday to demand mental health reforms citywide in order to keep the public safe.
Police had previously arrested 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez in connection to the A line subway stabbings. Officials say he had psychological exams in the past along with four prior arrests.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says these four attacks on the A train have a deeper rooted issue - that there needs to be immediate reform to keep riders safe and help those who need support.
Adams says the approach to handling subway crimes with people with mental illnesses is failing.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo says she was almost attacked on the subway by someone begging for money on Friday.
Adams laid out a 4-point plan to address the issues:
- Adams says trained mental health professionals need to conduct routine inspections with people with mental illnesses of subways.
- The need for better coordination between transit and street patrols.
- The 311 system needs to be fixed to add professionals who know how to tackle someone with a mental illness.
- Strengthen Kendra's Law, which provides court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment.
City officials say the last thing subway riders need is fear as the city is slowly starting to reopen.