Who is Yuh-Line Niou? Dem NY Rep apologizes for liking tweet comparing NYPD to Nazis
An assembly of New York City Democrats is now in the limelight for liking a tweet comparing New York City police officers to Nazis. New York Congresswoman Yuh-Line Niou ‘liked’ a tweet comparing the thousands of New York police officers who attended fallen officer Jason Rivera’s funeral to Nazis, according to the New York Daily News. She criticized the attitude of NYPD officers for not wearing a mask throughout the proceedings and even afterwards, as they entered New York City subway cars.
In response to a tweet where Niou said New York police officers pose a “massive health risk to every New Yorker,” a Twitter user compared the police to Nazis. According to the New York daily, Niou immediately liked the tweet, but later disliked it saying it happened unintentionally and she didn’t really want to “like” the post.
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Yuh-Line Niou is a Taiwanese-American politician serving in the New York State Assembly for the 65th District. This heavily Democratic and over 40% Asian Lower Manhattan neighborhood includes Chinatown, the Financial District, Battery Park City and the Lower East Side. Niou is the first Asian American elected to the State Assembly for this district. She took office in 2017 and is currently serving in her constituency. She attended Evergreen State College and worked as an aide to members of the Washington State Legislature. Diagnosed with autism at age 22, she moved to New York in 2010 to earn a master’s degree from Baruch College and served as chief of staff to State Assemblyman Ron Kim.
Honestly, it takes a lot to turn a heartbreaking tragedy and a family’s moment of grief into a chilling spectacle of intimidation for the entire city and a huge health risk for every New Yorker. But they did it somehow. https://t.co/htWRjohj7o
— Yuh-Line Niou (@yuhline) January 31, 2022
NYPD police officer Jason Rivera was shot while responding to a domestic violence call involving a mother and son on January 21. Her partner, Wilbert Mora, was also shot and died days later in a hospital from injuries sustained in the shooting. When contacted to comment on the “like”, Niou said it was a mistake and he didn’t like it. “Sometimes you accidentally press things,” she told the New York Daily News. “I wouldn’t hate him…I wouldn’t have liked him.”
However, Niou did not regret his statements about the negligent behavior of NYPD officers on the streets and in the subway. “The only thing I found disgusting was that they were deliberately not wearing their masks. It was a spectacle,” Niou said. “It was a show of strength. It was a choice.”
In response to the tweet, Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, said crime is increasing because New York lawmakers are “busy stirring up anti-cop hate online. That’s why our streets have gotten out of hand. Our lawmakers are busy stoking anti-cop hate online when they should be fixing the laws they’ve broken. We’re glad New Yorkers sent a resounding message last week and again this week. We’re not going to let selfish politicians divide us again,” Lynch told Fox News Digital on Wednesday, Feb. 2.