India Walton announces public safety platform in Buffalo mayoral run

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Democratic mayoral nominee India Walton revealed her public safety platform on Monday morning.

The plan includes proposals to improve housing and hospitals, and prevent gender-based violence and sexual assault.

Buffalo has experienced an uptick in violence this year that’s also been felt nationwide.

For her personally, Walton says the issue of public safety is “deeply felt.” During the conference, the candidate said she raised four sons on Buffalo’s east side.

Here are some of the points Walton made while announcing her plans for public safety.

  • Safer neighborhoods that include mental health crisis response teams
  • Investment in school nurses, therapists and guidance counselors
  • Having social workers, rather than police, address issues of homelessness

“I raised four Black sons in Buffalo. I know what it means to fear for the safety and well being of my closest loved ones,” said Walton. “I served as a school nurse in Buffalo Public Schools. Often times, the children who would come to me weren’t experiencing medical ailments so to speak, they were experiencing stress and exhaustion that comes with growing up adjacent to poverty, racism and pervasive violence in our neighborhoods.”

She suggests re-assigning some police tasks like traffic control and mental health calls to other professionals, and expanding on violence prevention programs like SNUG. “I will work to implement the path breaking LIFE Camp model which deploys teams of credible messengers with histories of violence themselves to canvas neighborhoods, daily mediate conflicts, de-escalate violence and mentor youth. It also includes therapeutic services including yoga and art therapy to help heal our community’s abundant traumas.”

Incumbent mayor Byron Brown responded to her platform saying; “She absolutely doesn’t know the services that city government provides and if people read her plan closely, she’s calling for things that city government doesn’t even do which completely reflects her lack of knowledge for how city government works.”

You can watch the full conference in the video below.

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