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Is the NYPD Engaged in a Massive Temper Tantrum, Refusing to Write Tickets As Payback Against the Mayor?

Bill-De-Blasio-740Are NYPD officers in Brooklyn in the midst of a massive temper tantrum to show their displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio?

Officers in the two precincts connected to murdered Officers Winjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have virtually stopped issuing tickets, according to a story in the New York Daily News, basically conducting an enormous work stoppage.

The precincts are the 84th, where Liu and Ramos worked, and the 79th, where they were murdered. The News said just one summons was issued in the 84th in the seek since they were killed. There were no summonses written in the 79th. In the previous week leading up to their death, the precincts issued a total of 626 parking, moving and criminal summonses.

In fact, the entire force of 34,000 cops appears to be engaged in the work stoppage, according to News figures. Across the entire city, just 2,128 summons were issued in the past week, compared to 26,512 for the previous week.

Arrests also have plummeted—115 in the past week for drugs, compared to 523 the previous week. Transit arrests have dropped from 662 to 20 and housing arrests fell from 258 to 65.

“Guys are on edge,” an unidentified police supervisor told the newspaper. “They’re still angry at the mayor and they’re not about to do anything they don’t absolutely have to do.”

If the numbers are telling a true story, it is a massive case of insubordination, affecting city revenue and ultimately affecting all city residents. It is, in effect, a paid strike—officers receiving their salaries without doing the jobs they are paid for.

The police force is demonstrating its extreme disrespect for the mayor of the city, showing him that he dare not express sympathy for the darker residents in their midst—even if some of those darker residents happen to be his children.

The city has not seen this level of disrespect since the mayoralty of David Dinkins, the city’s first African-American mayor, who was often at odds with the force in the 1990s after controversial shootings when he would visit the families of victims—taking sides with the enemy, in the eyes of many police officers.

It is also showing disrespect to city residents, who have every right to expect their police force to do its job. If the force feels such little compunction about exhibiting such massive levels of misbehavior, one wonders what kind of message they are getting from the police commissioner. He said he didn’t approve of the turning of their backs on the mayor during Ramos’ funeral. What does he think about them forgetting that they are police officers for the past two weeks?

Perhaps there is a silver lining in a city where the force stopped and frisked millions of Black and Hispanic males over the course of a decade: Black and brown boys could finally walk the streets in a small measure of peace.

 

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12 thoughts on “Is the NYPD Engaged in a Massive Temper Tantrum, Refusing to Write Tickets As Payback Against the Mayor?

  1. Dennis Spurling says:

    Interesting

  2. who swore to serve who? this is arrogance at it's best. police officers are public servants to the citizens and not some self interest entity acting on it own accord. without citizens to serve there would not have been a need for a police force. if it were in my power, 2015 would begin with these nuts on the unemployment line.

  3. WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS–WHY ARE THEY GETTING PAID FOR DOING NOTHING? THERE SHOULD BE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS ON THESE COPS–IT GOES TO SHOW THE ARROGANCE OF THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE THEE UNTOUCHABLES–IF THEY THINK THAT THEIR ACTIONS ARE GOING TO HELP THEIR CAUSE AFTER YEARS OF GETTING AWAY WITH THEIR DESPICABLE BEHAVIOR–THEN THEY HAVE ANOTHER THING COMING.

  4. Anthony Sprague says:

    Well then in those two precincts they apparently don't need as many officers so firing a few hundred of them should do it…….

  5. Nicole A-me says:

    If crime stagnates or declines, we know we don't need the police. The work stoppage is a good way to assess what the city needs. NYC can fire the cops, hire community control captains and save the money it pays NYPD for salary.

  6. The mayor is raising a black family, so it is possible that when he speaks about the black experience, his knowledge may go beyond what one would learn from watching "Cosby" reruns. Perhaps everyone would understand the struggle a little better if the mayor interrupted our mourning over the slain police officers with an unsolicited speech about cop on cop violence.

  7. Yirmeyahu Eytan says:

    Fire 1/3 of those murderous rebellious cops would make the rest fall in line and show some respect to the mayor. There are too many worthless cops on the New York Streets anyway!

  8. Some people should be welcoming the new year without a job. What did he do except voice the opinion that all lives matter. Which I guess is against their point of view. I can feel that the senseless death of Mr.Gardner is just as wrong as the senseless death of the two police officers. They are bullying their mayor,is this a new behavior? I think not.

  9. Baba Adam says:

    If this is how they behave towards their own boss, Imagine what they would do to a black kid who dares to mouth off to them out on the streets when no one is watching. Maybe now our fellow citizens would get to see what we, black people have been bitching about the behavior of these guys. I have a feeling they don't have a PR department at the NYPD coz any fool would know, this is exactly the wrong time to act this way.. God help us all!

  10. @Nicole A-me. I like he way you think. Then there would be money for after school enrichment programs. The city would save a lot more money cutting the police force. Many of them no anything of the communities they"patrol". They should have everyone that turned their backs on him suspended without pay for 6 months no questions asked. I love the fact that they aren't doing their "jobs" even if only for a week. The 400+ families that weren't afflicted because of stop and frisk and the many other civil rights imposing structures they have to lock minorities in to slave camps, will give a realistic view of the corrupt systems in place in this nation. Unity+Economic Strength= Political Power (2015 lets get it).

  11. Justin Chojnicki says:

    Unfortunately, that's an oversimplified and unrealistic view. For years, any time a budget fell short, it could be made up by increasing police revenue from enforcement. The police will still fight crime, so Nicole's ideas don't float. They're hitting the mayor in the pocketbook, by not giving tickets for traffic/parking violations, not giving citations for minor offenses (had they not been doing that in the first place, Eric Garner would still be alive).

    Honestly, they're performing the job as it was initially intended, to protect and serve. Too often, in today's world, the government uses the police as an additional revenue stream, and I fully support it coming to an end, permanently.

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