As I predicted, the NYC police are going ‘on strike’ due to concerns about how they should patrol or arrest people. This is a legitimate concern. As I keep pointing out and some people find hard to understand, the ‘progressive left’ has joined with the black community in championing cases where the police did very little wrong and the people who died were totally in the wrong…using these cases to pressure the police into retreating entirely from black communities.
Only the black communities happen to have other people living there who don’t want nonstop antisocial crimes. Arrests plummet 66% with NYPD in virtual work stoppage | New York Post this last week:
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 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.
Of course, people don’t like parking tickets! When I lived in NYC during the bankruptcy years, the city ticketed cars in Park Slope religiously and the excuse for this was ‘bi-weekly street cleaning’ which no longer existed so it was just pure revenue hunting. I had to budget $50 a month for this due to the impossibility of keeping up with the complex time limits in parking.
So what did I do? The obvious thing: took around hundreds of petitions to voters, got enthusiastic response from all, and submitted these to the City Council and my hand-picked representative, Abe Gerges, would argue my case. Our committee went around to other neighborhoods to urge them to do the same and voila: the laws were changed and only once a week street sweeping was done and we had an easier time parking our cars.
Many a battle was fought to fix the crime situation in NYC over the years and from 1975-1988, I was a big part of that. I feel I have a right to analyze what is going on there based on my close association with dealing with crime and the fact that I once was called ‘The Housewife From Hell’ by the media due to my work against crime. And the extensive arrests I generated including a fist full of politicians!
De Blasio decided to terminate the Bloomberg frisk program. This program reduced murders in NYC by over 50%. De Blasio then went much further and when the police were not charged with murder when the gigantic black male died while handcuffed in Staten Island, he should have explained to the black community that resisting arrest and being grossly overweight are both bad for the health and should be avoided.
Instead, he lavished love and heightened their sense of persecution. The police were left hanging. Now, if they arrest any 400 lb giants, they are responsible for his or her health or will be put in PRISON??? The families are still free to sue the city for damages. But putting the cops who have to wrestle with often violent people (and the guy in Staten Island became violent) in prison makes policing impossible.
Have I hurt criminals and thugs I arrested? ABSOLUTELY. In one case, as the robber tried to run out of the Home Depot he was robbing, my pal, Abdul Malik, and I suddenly pushed a cart with plywood in front of him and he slammed into it, when he reeled, we tackled him and disarmed him in a rather painful way.
There was a jewelry story robber I hit with a broom and knocked his gun out of his hand, when we wrestled on the sidewalk, I put him into a stranglehold. Ditto, the man trying to kill his wife via strangling: I broke open the door to their apartment, tackled him and put him in a very sharp neck lock so he had to stop strangling his poor wife whose head was hanging out the window.
The police deal with this all the time. And get killed doing this. There is no ‘soft/cuddly’ way to deal with people who are violent criminals! And anyone can become violent, but some groups are more prone. Young males, for example and the worst by far are young black males. Statistics back this up.
The present police ‘blue flu strike’ isn’t new. It happened in 1999: After Officers’ Indictment in Diallo Case, Arrests Drop in New York City. In 1988, Transit Police Arrests Decrease 37.7% – New York Times for the same reason:
The decline occurred as the 3,800-member department was buffeted by allegations that officers in its elite 23-member decoy squad had made dubious arrests on subway platforms and trains. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has told the department that 15 such cases were being reviewed, the Chief said. The activities of the squad, which averaged 60 arrests a month, were suspended Dec. 4.
The crew who did these undercover arrests I knew personally really well! I used to chat with them. The decoys would dress like little old ladies (and they joked about that a lot!) or drunks, etc. They would then wander about looking helpless or pretending to be passed out and then someone would pick their pockets or push them or some action and they would be arrested.
This pissed off some politicians because prominent people were arrested trying to steal from drunks! Seriously! I knew one of these ‘no one is looking, maybe I can steal something’ people who was a principal of a prominent school! So a bunch of people wanted this terminated. I loved having this crew go undercover. But it was killed off and the cops were pissed about this.
The mess in NYC today was badly handled by the new mayor from day one. When he went to the hospital to view the bodies of the dead cops and the cops turned their backs, he silently stalked past them. I said, ‘That was a bad move. He should have talked to them and apologized for befriending Al Sharpton.’ That would have been applauded and today’s rage would be considerably lower.
Instead, we now learn that De Blasio aides urged allies to attack police unions over tactics | New York Post
The aides requested public criticisms of the “union’s tactics,” the source said.
De Blasio’s government affairs officials also privately began reaching out to allies as recently as this Monday – just one day before his peace pipe pow-wow with union leaders at the police academy, DNAinfo.com first reported Tuesday.
“City Hall wanted me to blast the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for turning their backs on him,” one legislator told the web site. “They called up Monday, said they were calling all of us, and that it was our obligation to stand up defending the mayor.”
Today’s news is a tanker load of gasoline thrown on an already hot fire. Now all the unions in NYC will turn on the mayor! The police now have good reason to hate him. Anything he said to them today has been rejected by the police and for good reason. How he can repair this betrayal is beyond me. I think it is impossible.
And the killers are now unleashed. Two weeks ago, Father of five dies after being shot in minivan in Brooklyn for example and last night, Masked thieves gun down Brooklyn man, 36, in his apartment. They are laughing, who is going to stop them now? No one. I don’t live there anymore. The cops are wiping their hands of stopping blacks from killing each other. And trust me, many others will now die, too unless they arm themselves like we did in the late 1970’s.
New York City Homicides Map – The New York Times shows clearly that blacks are by far, the killers in NYC. No one else comes even close. Asians are responsible for nearly none of the killings.
Demographics of New York City make it very clear that blacks, who are only a quarter of the population, are killing two thirds of the victims there. This is ridiculous. Nearly half the population is ‘white’ and 7% of murders are by whites! There is near zero reason to frisk whites for guns, zero reason to frisk Asians but a huge reason to frisk mainly blacks. Hispanics don’t commit nearly as many murders per capita as blacks.
All the other NYC newspapers are carrying the story about the police going on strike but not the NYT. Not one word. Just this headline: Police Respect Squandered in Attacks on de Blasio – NYTimes.com where the editors blast the cops. The police have no choice but go on strike because they cannot arrest anyone now for fear of causing thugs some harm. Since this is now impossible, the mayor has to come up with a better system for arresting people. What that might be baffles me since my own experience showed clearly that being nice doesn’t work so hot.
As for the drop in drug arrests: the war on drugs is a failure. Like the wars against Muslims, the more we fight, the more they fight. The more drugs are repressed, the more valuable they are and the more criminals profit on selling the drugs and the more the drug dealers need to have cover for this by doing it in poor communities which then degrade badly.
Ending the War on Drugs would be a great first step. Years ago when I suggested drug addicts should get free government drugs, people scolded me. But obviously, the other system is an utter and expensive failure. People who want to be drug addicts will move heaven and earth to be one and providing them with safe drugs is better than driving them into dangerous drugs. Just like booze: legalization didn’t turn everyone into drunks.
I suspect one major reason the War on Drugs continues is, so many people in the ruling class feel this keeps the lower classes at bay. Black leaders imagine, this keeps money flowing into the hood. So it rolls on relentlessly for all the worst reasons.
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