Ocasio-Cortez cries about ‘racism’ over robotic police dogs in New York City (op-ed)

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – In perhaps one of the latest examples of ridiculous scrutiny coming from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she’s now decided to use her platform on Twitter to express outrage over the NYPD’s new robotic dog.

Over the past few months – or years, rather – this author has come to learn a few things about today’s culture and society: 

Nothing is sacred, and just about anything can be contorted into somehow being racist, misogynistic, or generally offensive enough to cause someone to clutch their proverbial pearls and gasp in astonishment. 

And now, even dog-like robots are somehow getting enveloped into the mix.

In AOC’s latest criticism of something innocuous, she set her sights on the NYPD’s robotic dog.

The rationale behind AOC’s criticism first jumps off at how the money used to develop the technology could’ve been spent elsewhere, “like school counseling,” and she managed to intertwine how these robotic dogs, “are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools.”

AOC then wrapped up her criticism of robotic dogs used by police by rhetorically asking the following on Twitter: 

“Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?”

Okay – so, is AOC upset that there aren’t robots in schools or something? I mean, investing in K through 12 education isn’t a bad concept – but what, “next-generation, world class technology” would she want in schools exactly that would be practical?

Public schools across the country already have computer access, with 98% of school in the country having high-speed broadband access via fiber-optic connections

Outside of access to the digital age of technology, it’s hard to foresee what other technological advancements anyone – including AOC – would want in a classroom…except maybe more computers.

Obviously, her mentioning “healthcare” is pretty ridiculous – since healthcare constantly has innovations all over since it is part of the private sector. 

And exactly what kind of, “next-generation, world class technology” would she want for “housing”?

Would she prefer “underserved communities” instead get a mockup of Rosey the Robot from The Jetsons instead of the NYPD having access to drone-inspired technology aimed at preserving life?

Honestly, there’s always going to be debates on what money should be spent where across the political aisle, by both Democrats and Conservatives alike.

But, one of the major differences between the two political parties are the manner in which party pundits and constituents are offended by certain topics and prioritized spending. 

With proponents on the left, there’s always something that can be coined as potentially racist, homophobic, gender-biased and so on. Hence, the reason why AOC is upset about robotic police dogs. 

Make no mistake though – those on the right of the political spectrum are also guilty of being outraged reactionaries at times over silly things. But that’s a different topic for a different day. 

The fact is that AOC is upset that technology that was developed in the interest of preserving life (the robotic police dog) simply exists and cost money to develop, and she then tied that disdain into both race-baiting rhetoric and the topic of under-funded schools. 

Now, these drone-inspired robotic dogs aren’t exactly cheap, costing about $75K per tech-pup. But when you consider that they can avoid people (namely police officers) from getting shot – you have a cost saving measure packed in there as well. 

The reason being is that, on average, it costs roughly $154K in medical costs to treat the victim of a gunshot wound – and about $12K per stabbing victim. 

So, in a sense, these robotic dogs aren’t just great at preserving life, they also help avoid medical costs/expenses. 

Seems like a win-win to me. 

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AOC has been notorious for making some strange claims based upon her perspective on things – such as her take on the January 6th riot. 

We at Law Enforcement Today shared an editorial earlier in February regarding AOC’s hot take on how a police officer gave her a, “hostile expression,” while trying to clear her out of her office on January 6th. 

Here’s that previous editorial.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democrat Socialist “Squad” leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has attributed trauma she experienced at the Capitol on January 6 to the facial expression of a Capitol police officer who was there to help her.

On Monday, February 1, Ocasio-Cortez posted a 90 minute Instagram Live video in which she recounted her story of the events at the Capitol on January 6.

Ocasio-Cortez began her story by claiming that “everybody knew that something was going to happen” on January 6.  

She added that her fellow representatives began texting her the preceding Thursday about safety issues, saying they heard from “Trump people” and “Republicans” that “violence was expected.”

Given that information, she said, she “immediately” contacted her staff about putting together a safety plan, although she did not elaborate on that plan.

She also stated that she saw a “crowd of insurrectionists” who were “holding rallies and doing all of this stuff” while she was driving to the Capitol on Monday, January 4.

She then reported:

“There were all these people with, like, these huge, like, flagpoles with the spear tips and whatnot.

“I remember seeing all of this and being like, ‘This is weird. (laughs) That’s suspicious (laughs).”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to describe how she saw a crowd of “Trump people” whom she called “schoolyard bullies” wielding “spear-like instruments.” They were gathered near her car at the Capitol Monday January 4. She detailed in her video how her heart was beating rapidly while these people engaged her in conversation.

“It felt, like, tense,” she added, as she described being among people wearing MAGA hats at the grocery store that night.

Tuesday, she said, brought with it more “Trump people,” with:

 “like, even more rallies, they have, like their mikes, their speakers and everything set up, and it felt actively, like, volatile and dangerous, like, it had gotten to the point where it’s, where I don’t think a lot of people felt safe walking to votes.”

Her grocery store visit on Tuesday apparently proved even more harrowing than the day before.  

She told her audience:

“I go in to buy a bottle of tea, and the tension in, in the grocery store with these people already started escalating to the point where it literally felt like people were looking at me in the grocery store, deciding what they were going to do.”

Ocasio-Cortez added:

“Like, are we going to do something right now, like they were making de- I could see the calculations going on behind their eyes.

“And it was a hundred percent like when you’re in a bodega at one o’clock in the morning and you don’t know when someone’s about to get jumped, it felt like that.”

After this insightful description of her mindset going into January 6, along with an impressive display of her apparent mind-reading capabilities, Ocasio-Cortez went on to discuss the events of Wednesday, January 6.

She described to her viewers how she was sitting in her office getting ready to order lunch when she heard “violent bangs” on all her office doors, “like someone was trying to break the door down.”

Ocasio-Cortez said she ran and hid in her office bathroom, and sat there listening to the continuing banging.  She then opened the bathroom door, at which point she heard someone in her office.

Next, she said, she heard a male voice yelling, “Where is she? Where is she?”

At that point, she stated, “I thought everything was over…. I mean, I thought I was going to die.”

She added that she also reflected at that time that:

“If this is the plan for me, then people will be able to take it from here….

“I felt that if this was the journey that my life was taking, that (wiping tears) I felt that things were going to be ok, and that I had fulfilled my purpose.”

Then, Ocasio-Cortez recounted, she peeked through the hinged portion of the open bathroom door and saw a “white man in a black beanie” open the door to her office and enter the room, yelling, “Where is she?”

Ocasio-Cortez then recalled:

“And I have never been quieter in my entire life. I was just –, I don’t even know if I held my breath, I was just, you know, here, behind [the door], and I just start sliding down.

“And then all of a sudden I hear my staffer G yell out, and he’s like, ’Hey hey hey, it’s okay, come out, come out.’”

When she came out, she said, she learned that the man was a Capitol police officer, but that did not reassure her because he did not have a partner, nor was he yelling the words, “Capitol police.”

Flexing her mind-reading muscles again, Ocasio-Cortez added:

“But then it didn’t feel right, because he was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.

“And, um, things weren’t adding up.  Like, there was no partner there….

“And he was looking at me in all of this anger and hostility.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to admit that initially she thought she might have been:

 “reading into this, right, like, maybe I’m projecting, maybe I’m projecting, like, something onto him, like maybe I’m just seeing anger but maybe he’s not trying to be angry.”

She added, however:

“But I talked to G, my legislative director, after the fact, and he said, ‘No, I didn’t know if he was there to help us or hurt us either….

“And G was actually, like, this man came with so much hostility that, that G was sizing him up and didn’t know if he was gonna have to fight him.

“Like, that is how, like, aggressive the situation was.”

She added:

“It was so, like, you know, like so many other communities in this country, like just that [law enforcement] presence doesn’t necessarily give you a clear signal if you’re safe or not.”

Ocasio-Cortez next reported that the police officer “yell[ed]” at her to go to a certain level of a specific building, which she declined to name.

Because “the situation felt so volatile with this officer,” she said, she and G ran immediately to the building, evidently leaving the officer behind in her office.

She next complained that the officer did not escort them to the other building.

Upon arrival at the location, she said, she and G realized that they did not know where in the building they were supposed to go, and that they could hear the building being stormed.

Ocasio-Cortez compared her experience to a science fiction tale.

She said:

“It almost felt like a zombie movie or something.”

Later in her video, Ocasio-Cortez reflected again on her experience with the Capitol police officer:

“I think about that officer, and just the uncertainty, you know, did he just – did he not say that he was Capitol police on purpose?  

“Did he lose himself in that moment?

“Did he … not give us the extraction point location because he forgot?

“Or was he actually trying to put us in a vulnerable situation?”

She added:

“Just the very uncertainty, that you don’t know if that person was actually trying to protect you or not, is already deeply unsettling….

“I’m not here to pass judgement on any one individual, or on any one officer.”

Ocasio-Cortez continued:

“But it’s that lack of trust that creates so much volatility and fear….

“You just don’t know.”

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