New York Times: Ruth Lowenkron Responds to MTA Police Forcibly Removing New Yorkers from Public Transit

May 13, 2024

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Photo: Ruth Lowenkron, NYLPI, sits with Evelyn Graham-Nyaasi, Community Access, Carlos Rios-Espinosa, Human Rights Watch and moderator Eric Umansky, ProPublica.

NEW YORK TIMES | MAY 2024

NYLPI Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron was featured in a New York Times story about the MTA’s “SCOUT” program, whereby Transit police and medical workers forcibly remove people they deem to be mentally ill from the subway system; Ruth was among the mental health advocates who believed “the teams use heavy-handed tactics that do more harm than good,” and she called their use of spit hoods “an anachronistic tool.”

“This is not who we want to be as a society. There’s no reason to do this. And it is not going to make people safer.”

Read more via New York Times.

Photo: Ruth Lowenkron, NYLPI, sits with Evelyn Graham-Nyaasi, Community Access, Carlos Rios-Espinosa, Human Rights Watch and moderator Eric Umansky, ProPublica, for a panel related to bodycam footage and police shootings.

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