New York City mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang jumped in and helped a man not get piped on the head. According to The City, a photographer by the name of Spencer Platt was on the upper deck of the Staten Island Ferry on Friday when a man with a long pole confronted him. The assailant pushed Platt down and held the metal bar over Platt’s head and that’s when Yang intervened saving the man from further injury.
“It probably all went down in like 15 seconds,” Platt said. “I was on the phone talking to a friend when everyone else went in and I turned around and there’s a guy an inch away from my face.
“I said something like, ‘What’s up?’
“Stuff happens, but rarely does it lead to someone shoving you to the ground and holding a metal bar over your head.”
Yang who was on the ferry talking to journalists about his mayoral run jumped in between the two. The suspect seemed angry at first but he cooled down once he recognized Yang. This gave Platt the time to take off.
“I didn’t have much time to think,” Yang said. “I saw the photographer get shoved and it seemed like it might get worse. So I did what I think a lot of people would do, which is like: ‘I have to prevent this person from getting hurt.’ So I got up as quickly as I could and tried to intervene before the man could swing.”
Yang and the assailant talked resulting in the assailant’s support of Yang’s run for mayor. Soon the police came and arrested the man who was seen talking to himself before the altercation.
Although Yang thought it was the right move by the police to arrest the man, he wanted more support for people with mental health issues.
“But the question is who’s actually going to provide the support and services that a lot of people need and in that light the police are not equipped to provide a lot of what would actually put people in better situations,” Yang said. “We need to drastically improve our investment in mental health resources for people who are struggling in every part of the city. Whether it’s children going back to school, many of whom may be facing learning loss, emotional struggles or even trauma to people who are struggling with street homelessness and may have mental health issues. We haven’t been doing enough and we need to do more.
“So I think about it all the time. I think a lot of us think about it because when you’re walking around in New York City and you see people who are struggling. We need to get those people the mental health they need.”