De Blasio and the Cops

Mayor Bill De Blasio and the fact that the voters of New York would elect him as their mayor are two of the reasons why I wouldn’t want to live in that city. He’s a bad mayor, and he probably deserves all the scorn he is receiving from members of the New York Police Department.

OTOH, the cops are public employees sworn to do a particular job. The New York Post reports that the police seem to be engaging in a work “slowdown.” Arrests are down by two-thirds. I doubt that crime is down by a corresponding amount. If they are engaging in a quasi-strike to get back at the mayor, they are doing the wrong thing. As FDR said,

A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.

The cops should shame the mayor by doing their jobs well, by doing them better than he does his. Who know? If the do a good enough job of getting the bad guys off the streets, the public make take notice of their example and turn the idiot out of Gracie Mansion.

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    • Precisely. The numbers I’ve seen are that things like traffic citations, minor drug busts, etc., are down 90+ percent. See

      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.

      If the overall drop in arrests is something like two-thirds, then these drops of 90% and more must make up the bulk of that drop. And of all those, the drop in drug arrests is the only one that gives me even the slightest concern.

  1. Perhaps they see it as too high a risk, to police at those levels without the support fo their elected officials.

    It’s kind of a logical result–Cop enforces Law A, perp accidentally gets hurt/killed, elected official blames cops (not elected officials who made Law A a law).

    Therefore, message received is Law A and others like it are not important enough to be enforced if there is a risk of someone getting hurt in the process because there will be no support from on high for the cop who does….

  2. Let’s NOT forget anti-cop sentiment is pretty high in NYC right now with some inflaming the situation vs trying to calm things down. This has led to the cops wanting to show up with reinforcements before they tackle some calls, like domestic violence, where things can turn quickly from bad to worse.

    While there may be some quasi-strike stuff going on, there are some real hazards they have to deal with right now and thus the need to take extra precautions that will impact overall arrest numbers.

    • Excellent point. Morale affects ambition too. I doubt any individual cop feels ready to go out on a limb to arrest on minor infractions after the mess w/the Garner arrest. This is a bad equation. Who knew that this would go south so quickly?

  3. Mr. Hoge wrote: “If the do a good enough job of getting the bad guys off the streets, the public make take notice of their example and turn the idiot out of Gracie Mansion.

    I’m sorry, Mr. Hoge, but that is as idiotic as most of the things Cabin Boy Bill writes. When cops are doing bad things, public officials blame them. When cops do good things, public officials take credit for it. And a majority of the voters fall for it every time (example: 2012 presidential election).

  4. It’s not just the cops that Warren Wilhelm (that’s de Blasio’s real name, folks) is messing with.

    When he got into office, he set up MOCS, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. If you want to do business with the city, you have to go through MOCS. And my experience with them so far is that they seem to be staffed with incompetent quota-fillers, and are inordinately concerned with the diversity minutiae of prospective contractors at the expense of relevant competence.

    Just like he tried to get rid of the horse-drawn carriages, in order to give their property to a friend of his for development.

    Utter dirtbag. In other terms, a typical liberal.

  5. Alternative explanation: They quit the nasty profiling they had previously used and now don’t find as many law violators. Liberals, give them what they ask for and they complain.

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