Mayoral Democrats take harder stance on crime after shootings

The recent violence in Times Square and in the subways has prompted some leading Democrats running for mayor to take a tougher stance on crime. 

Andrew Yang, a top candidate in public polling, took aim at the “defund the police” stance of his party during a news conference this week.

“The truth is New York City cannot afford to defund the police,” Yang said. “Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety, we need the police.”

The harsher tone adopted by Yang contrasts with his campaign platform’s stated aim of “top-down and bottom-up reform” of the NYPD and his stated pledge that a Yang administration would

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