“Cops getting very aggressive on jaywalking on UWS”
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Dear Editor,

On Sunday, January 19, the New York Daily News published “Cops getting very aggressive on jaywalking on UWS” concerning Kang Chung Wong, an 84-year-old Chinese American man who was arrested by NYPD officers after allegedly jaywalking at 96th and Broadway on the Upper West Side. Sources state that Mr. Wong did not understand why the officer had stopped him due to his limited English-speaking abilities, and multiple photographs show Mr. Wong bloodied after his confrontation with the police.

While it is understandable that improving pedestrian safety is an important issue for our city especially after three pedestrians were fatally struck at the very same intersection at which Mr. Wong was arrested, we need to ensure that the NYPD has better training and cultural competency for officers enforcing traffic laws. Language access continues to be the biggest barrier between immigrants and government. An incident like Mr. Wong’s brings this important issue to light and we must all collaboratively work together to make New York City a safe place for all New Yorkers no matter what languages they speak.


Christopher Kui
Executive Director
Asian Americans for Equality