NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York lawmakers are calling for funding for the youth violence reduction program “Stand Up to Violence.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are urging their fellow lawmakers to provide nearly $400,000 to the program, which was started by Jacobi Hospital in 2014.READ MORE: Flames Burst From Burning Tire Shop In East Flatbush; No Injuries, FDNY Says
“It is not acceptable for us to use jails as garbage bins for human beings. We need to treat people and see them as human,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The call for more funding comes after deadly gun violence this Memorial Day weekend.READ MORE: CBS2 Weather Headlines: Mostly Sunny, Highs In 80s, Late Shower Possible Friday
Police say they were standing at a street corner when the shooter opened fire.MORE NEWS: NYPD Cracking Down On Growing Fake Temporary License Plate Problem
According to the NYPD, there were nine shooting incidents Monday with 15 victims.