Now that the major cities of America are all in the process of giving in to the protesters, it is time to find out more about how these experiments are panning out. New York City has been talking the talk when it comes to police reform. They are finally being forced to walk the walk. Their first step was a controversial one.
De Blasio and his officials elected to disband a plainclothes police unit that was employing over 600 New Yorkers. That makes a lot of sense. When you city is being subjected to daily riots and random arson attacks, you definitely want to start disbanding police forces. The move seemed to make the anti cop crowd happy, if nothing else.
Of course, many of us are curious to see how the move is working out for them thus far. Is it providing the results that they had hoped for or are they learning certain lessons the hard way? Those of us who still have some small amount of faith in law and order are already looking at the numbers and smirking a bit.
Crime is already shooting up, as you would have expected. The number of murders and shootings is on the rise. This is what the liberal politicians asked for. They are finally getting it and we hope that they realize the error of their ways now. It won’t take long before all of the well-meaning leftists start to recognize the necessity of a police force.
The comparisons are stark, as New York City only experienced 12 shootings during the same week last year. The number has now risen to 36 victims. It’s hard to ignore, isn’t it? The police are out of the picture, so now citizens are free to spend their time in the streets shooting each other. Innocent New York City residents are going to get caught in the crossfire, too.
Shootings are surging this week in New York City, with 27 incidents and 36 victims reported since Monday — the day the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit, The Post learned on Friday.
By comparison, the same week last year there were only 12 shootings for the entire week.
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” one angry law enforcement source said Friday.
“All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”
That’s something that the liberals do not want to discuss. They want everyone to believe that the removal of police officers will cure many societal ills. In reality, these decisions are doing more to create new issues than most are willing to acknowledge. There are some who are pointing out the locations of the shootings and trying to couch them in some sort of context.
East New York is not exactly the safest place in the world, even when it is full of plainclothes officers who are on the case. Some folks are not convinced of the new numbers because of the percentage of them that took place in neighborhoods that are already known for their violence. Meanwhile, those who are less apt to defend the lack of policing are pointing to other factors.
The numbers are on the rise in neighborhoods that are not typically associated with violent crime. In Brooklyn, five shootings took place over the course of one night. To be fair, some of these incidents could probably be written off due to the protests. Lots of people are probably using the current hubbub as their cue to settle some scores without attracting the attention of the police.
The police that are still working are doing their best to put a stop to the torching of businesses and they are keeping demonstrations from getting too far out of control. This does not provide much consolation to those who are wondering when their streets are going to return to some semblance of normalcy. As for the Democrats, they are waiting to see how they can spin this whole thing in their favor.
This whole kerfuffle was a long time coming. de Blasio has always had an adversarial relationship with the police and this was his chance to stick it to them. We would not be surprised if the police started staging their own protests as a means of responding to the persecution. When the “blue flu” starts ripping through the remaining police force, don’t say we didn’t warn you.