NYPD arrests plummet, and the cause is not hard to guess. Tensions are high among the rank and file in the aftermath of the assassination of two NYPD officers, and coupled with the perceived anti-police rhetoric by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, police unions have called for an active slowdown in an organized protest.
Calling it a “virtual work stoppage, the NY Post on Dec. 29 wrote: “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.”
According to the Post, which carried the story exclusively, 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.”
The numbers leave no doubt that NYPD cops are most certainly engaging in an active slowdown in policing. Starting the week of December 22, two days after Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed in their patrol car in an alleged revenge killing for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, arrest stats obtained by the Post revealed:
- Traffic violations fell from 10,069 to 587 – a 94 percent decrease
- Criminal court summonses for low-level offenses fell from 4,831 to 300 – another 94 percent decrease
- Parking violations fell from 14,699 to 1,241 – a 92 percent decrease
Overall arrests plunged by 66 percent, and drug-related arrests by the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau — whose stats make up part of the overall 66 percent drop – fell significantly, from 382 arrests to only 63, a decrease of 84 percent.
The Post revealed that the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing members of the NYPD, has issued warnings to officers encouraging them to put their personal safety first, and, in light of the city’s hostility and what’s seen as a lack of support from New York mayor Bill de Blasio, “not to make an arrest unless absolutely necessary.” Guidelines have also been sent out that two patrol units be used to respond to every call, no matter how minor.
An unnamed NYPD police insider told the Post: “The call last week from the PBA is what started it, but this has been simmering for a long time. 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.”
According to AlterNet, PBA president Patrick Lynch “politicized officers Ramos and Liu’s deaths and pointed blame in the direction of Mayor de Blasio, among others.”
Lynch said: “There’s blood on many hands tonight: those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall — in the office of the mayor.”
Sound off below fellow New Yorkers. Have you noticed NYPD arrests have plummeted?