There is a real risk of serious medical neglect and even death any time an indifferent police force or corrections department has custody of anyone -- particularly the most vulnerable people: the mentally ill; the infirm; the young. It is time to limit these encounters to only the most extreme cases of violence and criminality.
What is missing from the controversy so far is any interest on the part of the journalists in basic facts. Instead, what is happening is a PR battle. Eva Moskowitz has attacked Mayor de Blasio in multiple media appearances, and no one in the media has bothered to check any of her claims. Let's fill that gap.