29.6 C
Houston
Saturday, August 8, 2020

De Blasio still has no clue how to reverse the crime wave

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

“A lot will be done preparing for this weekend to change the reality on the ground,” Mayor de Blasio vowed Tuesday, while offering not a hint of concrete detail on how he aims to end the surge in violent crime.

Thursday, he made noises about redeploying cops (as the NYPD has always done) plus bringing in community leaders to change attitudes. That’s it?

Last weekend saw nearly 50 people shot, 10 fatally. Murders this year are running 27 percent over last year; shootings are up a stunning 54 percent. Burglaries and auto thefts are likewise off the charts.

What’s driving the surge? The mayor and NYPD brass chalk it up to a “perfect storm” of factors: The lockdown and “what’s happened in recent weeks” (the fallout from the George Floyd killing) play “a particularly central role,” says de Blasio, while cautioning not to “minimize” fallout from Albany’s botched bail reform.

Figuring out which of these factors matters most is a pointless game, especially since arrests are way down. But the big picture is all too clear: Everything is turning against the policing that New York City needs.

Lawmakers and other politicians have been adding restraints on cops for a decade now, while also reducing risks for lawbreakers. Some of it has made sense — but some doesn’t, and they keep piling it on.

Decriminalizing low-level offenses, “Raise the Age,” the no-bail law, disbanding the anti-crime units: The likely price for disorder and crime keeps going down.

Criminals are emboldened, and much of the general public feels justified in challenging and even harassing cops as they go about their work.

NYPD brass deny that police officers are shirking from their duties. But the morale problem is plain in the rash of police retirements — so heavy that there’s a waiting line to put your papers in.

The trend’s been building for years, and it’ll take a lot more than hand-wringing to turn it around.

Read More at NYPost

- Advertisement -

Latest news

‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Joe Arpaio Fails to Win Back Old Job

Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who gained the moniker “America’s toughest sheriff” for his hard-line stance on illegal immigration, lost the bid to regain...
- Advertisement -

Progressive congressional candidate accused of having sexual relations with college students

A progressive Democratic congressional candidate is being accused of having sexual relationships with college...

“It’s Very Apocalyptic”: Workers Return To Untouched Office ‘Time-Capsules’ 4 Months After Locking-Down

In many ways, lockdowns and quarantines have become "the new normal". Which is why it's eerie to return back to offices several months after...

US vows to send $17M in aid to Lebanon to help with explosion recovery

The United States announced plans to send $17 million in disaster aid to Lebanon...

Related news

Celebrities’ gratuitous apologies make BLM all about them

The arson, looting and rioting have died down, but we’re still a long way from cultural normalcy in the US of A. (That A...

It’s time to fix our broken oil and gas leasing system

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our public lands have provided desperately needed solace and responsible...

Elizabeth Warren pushes COVID-19 bailout for privileged elites while calling it ‘economic justice’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has based her entire political career on promises to fight for...

Billionaires don’t deserve your hate

The other day, I was playing on Instagram, my safe space of a social...

When will Joe Biden have the guts to leave his basement?

This is not an original sentiment, but it bears emphasis: It is beyond contempt...

HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is a welcome slap at China

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is angering Beijing. Good. Azar will be the highest-ranking US official to visit the island...

NY Democrats are moving to lock in one-party rule — maybe forever

Democratic lawmakers in Albany are never satisfied: Their party already has a firm lock on the key levers of power, yet last week they...
- Advertisement -