In the wake of a video surfacing of Jersey City Mayorâ€™s Office research assistant Brooke Hansson on an expletive-filled rant, a few questions need to be answered by Mayor Fulop.
Before I begin this editorial, a few parameters must be set.
First, we all have our bad moments, and we should not be judged as a society solely on our worst moments. Iâ€™m not perfect, never pretended to be either, and this piece isnâ€™t about who Brooke Hansson is as a person.
Unfortunately for Hansson, sheâ€™s in a position of influence regarding serious public policy matters.
Letâ€™s not forget it was Mayor Fulop who once told the River View Observer, â€œMy expectation is that all city employees will be role models both on and off duty.â€
Second, we do not know whether Hansson was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Itâ€™s hard to tell the difference between what is an emotional rant vs. drug-induced without any scientific facts.
Iâ€™m assuming Hansson was sober.
As well, there is no need to fire Hansson for a first offense. An apology letter isnâ€™t necessary, but would be the wise move.
On to the questions for Mayor Fulop:
1. What does she know â€œabout f***ing police brutalityâ€?
It would be interesting to know what exactly Brooke Hansson knows about police brutality in Jersey City. All I can hope is that sheâ€™s informed the mayor, public safety director, and police chief, and a plan to stop police brutality is put in place.
Maybe she knows what happened to Lavon King, a 20-year-old unarmed black male killed by a Jersey City Police Officer on June 24th, 2014. Many at Kingâ€™s funeral, including Rev. Herbert Daughtry, questioned the official story.
2. Does this mean Jersey Cityâ€™s â€œStop the Dropâ€ anti-litter campaign was a failure?
Itâ€™s now public knowledge not only that Hansson lives in the vicinity of where the rant took place, but that she is the coordinator of the cityâ€™s anti-litter campaign. Iâ€™m pretty sure accosting people at 3 AM, especially in your own neighborhood, for litter is not a sign of success.
One may wonder if her program was another waste of taxpayer dollars.
3. What happened to Hanssonâ€™s vision for 127-133 Martin Luther King Dr.?
â€œWe envision this place where kids can film, record, create art, and create youth-led newspaper.â€
That was Hanssonâ€™s amazing vision a few years ago for the blighted property on MLK Dr.
Fast-forward to the present and the administration she works for is supporting the building becoming a funeral home.
The real question now is â€“ can we have a funeral for her vision for Jersey City?