“Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead,” AOC wrote a few days after the four-legged robot, known as “Digidog,” was filmed responding to a home invasion in her borough of the Bronx.
“Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools,” she added, including a thumbs-up emoji. “Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this,” AOC asked her followers.
Here is the reason Digidog was deployed: “Two men were reportedly being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. They had been threatened at gun point, tied up and tortured for hours by two male assailants who pretended to be plumbers to gain access to the home. One of the victims managed to escape and called the police. Digidog was deployed and helped officers determine that the armed suspects were no longer inside the home.”
So the world-class technology AOC smeared as racist because it was being implemented in a “community of color” was there to help the racist police come to the aid one of AOC’s constituents who had been held hostage and tortured. That victim no doubt has a different perspective from AOC’s, but it’s irrelevant to her insistence that the police are racist and should be defunded.