The NY Post is reporting that the NYPD has essentially stopped policing since the murder of 2 on duty officers in Brooklyn:
…overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013, stats show.
Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame.
Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300.
Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241.
Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.
The Post obtained the numbers hours after revealing that cops were turning a blind eye to some minor crimes and making arrests only “when they have to” since the execution-style shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Police sources said Monday that safety concerns were the main reason for the dropoff in police activity, but added that some cops were mounting an undeclared slowdown in protest of de Blasio’s response to the non-indictment in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“The call last week from the PBA is what started it, but this has been simmering for a long time,” one source said.
“This is not a slowdown for slowdown’s sake. Cops are concerned, after the reaction from City Hall on the Garner case, about de Blasio not backing them.”
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has warned its members to put their safety first and not make arrests “unless absolutely necessary.”
It seems to me that this is kind of like our Congress refusing to pass any bills other than those required to keep the government operating (and, of course, those required to increase Wall Street profits). Is it really a bad thing?
Why do we want police making unnecessary arrests anyway?
Of course, it is outrageous that the police, who work for the mayor and ostensibly the people of NYC, would follow the direction of their labor union ahead of their leadership, but that’s a different topic.
How are all you NYC peeps doing? Is it chaos? Is the city darker, dirtier, uglier, stinkier and scarier? Has it turned into Batman’s Gotham?