According to Schlesinger, "NYC [is] cracking down on fruit stores that put out merchandise more than 4 feet from store." The food was allegedly blocking a sidewalk, so, instead of asking the owner move it, or merely confiscating it from a non-compliant owner and giving it to a food shelter, the government's decision was to put it in a landfill. The Free Thought Project contacted the New York Police Department and the City of New York on Saturday for a statement on why they are throwing away the food, but we've yet to hear back.
According to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in the 2012-2014 time frame, over 1.4 million New Yorkers - including nearly one in four of the city's children - lived in households that lacked sufficient food. In the Coalition's latest annual survey of hunger in New York City - the most comprehensive of its kind - New York City's emergency food providers (food pantries, soup kitchens, and brown bag programs) reported a 5 percent increase in need for their services, on top of a 7 percent increase in 2014, 10 percent in 2013, 5 percent in 2012, 12 percent in 2011, 7 percent in 2010, and 20 percent in 2009.
In spite of starving children, quite literally within blocks of this video, the NYPD is carrying out its tyrannical enforcement of city codes. This is what 'just doing your job' has become.
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