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Anti-Cop Lawmaker Tells Public Don’t Call Cops, Then Calls 911 About Getting Threats At Her Office

Queens, NY – Just days after anti-police New York City Councilmember Tiffany Caban pleaded with local residents to stop calling 911 for help, her office allegedly called 911 to report having received a series of threatening telephone messages.

Caban (D-Astoria), a staunch Defund the Police supporter, unveiled a flier on Twitter last week urging local businesses to dial 311 instead of calling law enforcement to help them.

The “Small Business Public Safety Resources” guide, which Caban touted as a collaborative effort with New York State Representative Zohran Mamdani (D-Queens), instructed shopkeepers to employ “the five ‘Ds’ of Upstander Intervention” anytime they are dealing with “a conflict that seems to be escalating.”

“Give the person causing harm the chance to correct their behaviors,” the directive reads. “Repeat the same statement until the person causing harm corrects their behavior or exits…”

Caban and Mamdani suggested that workers “assign nearby people to help” them in dealing with violent individuals, or that they attempt to distract them by intentionally spilling something or saying, “Hey didn’t I go to high school with you?”

The anti-police lawmakers also urged businesses to obtain Naloxone kits and to get trained to handle potential opioid overdoses on their own.

In the event medical assistance is needed for a suspected overdose, Caban and Mamdani instructed people to let 911 operators know that the person “is not responsive and not breathing,” but not to mention the overdose, which could trigger a law enforcement response.

“Do not mention a possible overdose!” the flier reads. “This will ensure the call is prioritized, and should result in medical help only.”

Caban also denounced law enforcement on her campaign website.

“New York City is overpoliced and over-incarcerated, and its elected leaders have systematically disinvested from communities historically oppressed by racist policies,” she said. “Hundreds of people in our city have died due to police-involved activity just this past decade.”

Caban further accused police of failing to solve “most crimes,” and said they “manipulate data and even institute racist arrest quotas.”

“If someone is in a situation where they need to call 911 because they are afraid for their life, police are unlikely to be able to help,” she added.

Critics were already outraged by another recent tweet in which Caban declared that “subway violence is a one-in-a-million event,” even as a video showing a violent beating at a subway stop in the borough she represents went viral, the New York Post reported.

The victim of that attack, JFK airport security guard Elizabeth Gomes, told the paper Caban is completely out of touch with the reality with regards to the violence surging throughout the city.

“The subway system is dangerous and for her to post something like that — it seems to me that she doesn’t ride the subway or have anyone to ride it,” Gomes told the New York Post. “She doesn’t really understand what it is. It’s just getting worse and worse.”

Sources said Caban’s office received a multitude of vulgar and threatening phone messages in the days following the release of the “public safety” flier, the New York Post reported.

“I hope you get you’re a— kicked,” one caller said.

Others said they hoped the city councilwoman gets “beaten up on the subway” and that her “eyes fall out” as a result, sources told the New York Post.

Sources said someone from Caban’s office called police on Tuesday to report the disturbing messages, according to the paper.

“How can anyone take her seriously?” a New York police officer serving the Queens community asked the New York Post. “She is calling police over an anonymous phone call while she tells victims of violent attacks to ask them if they went to school together.”

“Maybe she should put a case of soda outside her office,” the officer added.

New York Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said Mamdani and Caban’s tip sheet could wind up blocking people from getting the help they need.

“I don’t understand why elected officials would put their anti-police ideology ahead of saving a life. Nearly every New York City police officer on patrol carries and is trained to use naloxone,” Lynch told the New York Daily News. “We’ve used it to save lives almost 400 times in the last year alone.”

An outraged Queens-area landlord described Caban’s call to police as “hypocritical,” the New York Post reported.

“When people were getting robbed at gunpoint across the street from her office, she did nothing. Now she wants police to do something,” the landlord ranted. “Now someone leaves an anonymous message and she is crying and calling cops while she tells her constituents to call 311 — typical do as I say, not as I do phony politician.

A police investigation into the threatening phone calls remained ongoing, according to the New York Post.

A spokesperson for Caban refused to comment on “the nature of the threats,” but claimed the anti-police lawmaker’s office did not call 911.

“We did not call 911, and any suggestion to the contrary is a lie,” the spokesperson declared, according to the New York Post.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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