Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under intense scrutiny over his anti-cop rhetoric ever since the murder of two NYPD police officers, but none of the criticism he’s received is likely to leave as big of a mark as the message being sent to him by local law enforcement.
The NYPD has decided to hit the mayor and the rest of the city government where it hurts the most: Their wallet.
After months of nationwide protests against police officers involved in violent altercations with suspects who were resisting arrest, the NYPD are hitting back against those who are slamming them: By telling the city that it can police itself.
Obviously, this “blind eye” being turned to criminal offenses is not being applied to serious violations like theft, assault and murder. The NY Post reported:
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 Bill 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.
This huge drop off in traffic tickets and other minor offenses means less revenue being pulled in by the city, and as we all know, money is the love language of politics.
Mayor de Blasio has disrespected law enforcement to the point many have lost any trust or faith in his ability to lead the city, and rightfully so.
His irresponsible rhetoric–combined with the hate being spewed by race hustlers like Al Sharpton–inspired hatred, violence, and mistrust between the community and local police.
It’s time for the mayor to set aside his progressive agenda–being pushed to further his political career of course–and really think about what’s best for his city.
Treating the men and women who lay their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of New York like dirty toilet water is stupid, immature, and unacceptable.
He owes every officer an apology, which would be a good first step in rebuilding his relationship with law enforcement.
This isn’t likely to happen, but it’s what a decent human being would do.
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