While the 80s are thought of as the “Reagan Decade” and a time when the nation rebounded from the lethargy of the Carter years. In New York City, the 80s were a time when life was sinking into the sewers. 1990 was was when the idea of a safe street never popped into the head of any New Yorker. 2,245 people were murdered in the Big Apple that year. It represented the peak in murders, but for the previous 20 years 1,600 to 2,100 people were killed every year.
Last year, thanks to Rudy Giuliani’s “Broken Windows” program in the late 90s, there were 332 murders in 2013 and through last week there had been 315. By comparison, President Obama’s hometown of Chicago has had 417 murders with only about one-fourth of the population.
We’ve said that to say this. If you’re a NYC resident, you’re likely looking at a return to the 80s in terms of crime in the Big Apple. The single thing that brought New York’s crime rate down, and made it one of the safest big cities in the world, was “Broken Windows.” In the 70s and 80s cops looked the other way when it came to petty crime and that brought more criminals into the city because criminals are fundamentally lazy. They’ll go where it’s easiest to make quick buck.
Under Giuliani cops stopped looking the other way. They chased off the petty criminals. They also instituted “Stop, question, frisk,” a policy that had cops stopping people if they looked suspicious, they would talk to them, and if they were still suspicious they’d frisk them. That led to thousands of arrests and generally made being a criminal in NYC a pain in the backside. The crime rate and the murder rate fell like a rock.
The other side of the coin was that the racism industry complained like crazy because it just so happened that cops stopped more blacks than whites. They refused to deal with the fact that blacks are about eight times more likely to commit violent crime – and their victims are typically black. They Al Sharpton, etal, have been screaming for the past 20 years about “racist cops.” Red Bill de Blasio campaigned for mayor in part on getting rid of stop & frisk. He got 70% of the vote and immediately did away with it. He has also been on a one year crusade of accusations against the NYPD for racism.
New Yorkers are about to pay the price for electing them, and that price is that violent crime is going to make a comeback in the Big Apple. The NYPD is now afraid to do their job because they understand that the mayor on the bad guys’ side.
With cops on edge following the assassination of two patrol officers on a Brooklyn street, many officers have started turning a blind eye to some minor crimes, sources told The Post, while a union mandate that two patrol cars respond to all police calls has led to slower response times to non-emergencies.
“I’m not writing any summonses. Do you think I’m going to stand there so someone can shoot me or hit me in the head with an ax?” One cop said Sunday, referring to the Dec. 20 slayings and another recent attack on the NYPD.
“I’m concerned about my safety,” the cop added. “I want to go to home to my wife and kids.”
An NYPD supervisor noted, “My guys are writing almost no summonses, and probably only making arrests when they have to — like when a store catches a shoplifter.”
What’s left unsaid is that the reaction from the mayor’s office – and from the White House – is the root cause.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton predicted a long, cold war between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD’s rank and file Sunday, while admitting that morale among cops was so low, the problem could no longer be denied.
Bratton said cops across the country also “feel under attack,” including from “the federal government at the highest levels.”
Here’s de Blasio at the recent police academy graduation.
Cops and their families are fighting a two front war in NYC. One front is obviously against the bad guys in their city. The second front has them facing off against the Democratic political establishment headed, in NYC, by de Blasio and in Washington DC by Barack Obama and Eric Holder.
You get the government you deserve. New Yorkers, and especially unionized NYPD cops who supported de Blasio down the line in his election, are going to pay the price. We think they deserve it.
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