Crime Wave Engulfs New York City After Cops Are Murdered
The police in New York have their own ways of letting people know that they’re unhappy with how they’re being treated. They’ve very publicly asked Mayor Bill de Blasio not to attend their funerals, they’ve booed him and they’ve turned their backs. However, they’re now using their most potent weapon: a work slowdown.
It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.
NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.
The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.
The unprecedented meeting is being held at the new Police Academy in Queens at 2 p.m., sources said.
Angry union leaders have ordered drastic measures for their members since the Dec. 20 assassination of two NYPD cops in a patrol car, including that two units respond to every call.
It has helped contribute to a nose dive in low-level policing, with overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same time 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.
If this were some BS slowdown over a pay dispute or some other nonsense, the cops would deserve to be ripped up one side and down the other for it. On the other hand, when the Mayor is siding with protesters who are being allowed to block traffic, run wild through the city and publicly call for the murder of police officers before it happens, I don’t think what they’re doing is unreasonable. It’s not right to treat the police like they’re the bad guys AND expect them to protect you from the bad guys while people you’ve whipped up are trying to assassinate them.
So even if you wouldn’t normally support this kind of thing, this is a much needed reality check and I won’t criticize it.