April 26, 2013
By Stephanie West
Roosevelt Island, NY – City Council candidate Ben Kallos announced the submission of additional evidence to the Inspector General for a formal investigation with a requested resolution that includes future oversight by a resident-led review board, at a second march and demonstration on Roosevelt Island seeking to address allegations of misconduct by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Safety Department.
“We are proud to serve the Roosevelt Island community by collecting and providing Inspector General Scott with the evidence necessary to properly investigate allegations of ongoing misconduct by the Public Safety Department resulting in resolution with the implementation of a resident-led review board,” said Kallos. “We must acknowledge the Roosevelt Island residents who have courageously revealed their own struggles with the Public Safety Department. We recognize their bravery and support them against retaliation by the Public Safety Department who they must face every day.”
The Roosevelt Island community has demanded justice in the wake of the alleged beating of 20-year-old Anthony Jones, with 300 attending a February demonstration for accountability for the PSD. Others have submitted their own personal tales of abuse at the hands of the PSD compiled at: http://kallosforcouncil.com/
“After the Public Safety Department shut down my son’s little league game, I tried to document the incident with my camera. This led to verbal abuse and physical assault, while I was dangerously denied treatment for my diabetes,” said Roosevelt Island resident Adib Mansour, who submitted his testimony for public consideration.
Kallos has been working with community leaders for several years to improve services, and transportation on the island.