By Sam Bojarski

He became a police officer to change the New York Police Department (NYPD) from within. Now, about four years after filing a lawsuit challenging quota-based policing, Haitian-American and Flatbush native Edwin Raymond is running to represent New York City’s 40th Council District. 

“At a time when mistrust in the department is at an all-time high, I will continue to take a stand. And this is why I’ve decided to run for New York City Council here in the 40th District,” Raymond said while announcing his campaign on June 25. 

Edwin Raymond addresses supporters and the media at a press conference. Photo by Sam Bojarski

Raymond made the announcement at a press conference, held on the corner of Ocean and Parkside avenues. Actor and Flatbush native Michael K. Williams also addressed the media and a throng of supporters gathered outside the southeast entrance to Prospect Park. 

Williams credited Raymond for the courage he has shown, “by calling out the ills and the wrongs that he has seen personally working in the NYPD.” 

He added that “the time has come for us to make our voice count and to make it matter.” 

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, also a Haitian American, currently represents District 40. While Eugene has not declared his candidacy for next June’s election, eight candidates have filed paperwork for the District 40 race, according to information published by the city’s Campaign Finance Board


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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...