Manhattan DA hopefuls balance crime rise, social justice

The race to be Manhattan’s top prosecutor is taking place amid a crime surge in which murders are up more than 17% so far this year and anti-Asian hate crimes have skyrocketed by 335%, according to New York Police Department statistics.

But the Manhattan district attorney’s race also has been heavily influenced by the progressive racial and social justice movement that emerged after George Floyd’s death at Minneapolis police hands last year. At a candidate forum this year, five of the eight Democratic hopefuls said they supported reducing police funding, and some have called for cutting back the prosecutor’s office as well.

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