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The Democrat Cities: New York and Los Angeles

It seems to have come as a surprise to the Democrat politicians who run these places, but if you’re going to pull the cops back from doing their job then criminals are going to take advantage of that.

We’ve already seen this in Chicago and Minneapolis, but since the same theories are being applied elsewhere it’s not surprising to see the same results.

NEW YORK

An almost identical situation: a Mayor who has basically sided with anybody who is against the NYPD and done so over several years, even as cops were literally getting assassinated in the street. For all the talk of defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, Mayor De Bolshevik has proved that you can do just as much damage by simply demoralising the cops:

The demoralization of the police department actually started several years ago. It first came to a head in 2014 following the assassination of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. There was such disdain for the mayor and his comments about law enforcement that preceded the shooting that hundreds of officers turned their backs on him at the officers’ funerals.

The backlash against defunding has produced a few squeaks that such is not what the Democrat city leaders really want, but their activist opponents inside the Democrat Party, including the new darling heavyweight Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have made it clear that defunding is exactly what they want, and they’ll primary moderate Dems until they get it:

“Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement’s demands for at least $1B in direct cuts. This is a lie”

DeBlasio managed to survive his earlier issues with the NYPD, and of course needed them to enforce the Covid lockdown. But the Floyd murder saw him return to his happy place as he ordered the NYPD to disband their specialist undercover anti-street-crime unit, adding to a list of anti-crime systems that he has shut down since he became Mayor. And so came the flood:

“New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020, according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday.

Murders are up 27 percent over the first half of 2019; over the last four weeks, more than 300 people have been shot in New York City, up from 100 during the same period last year.

That particular unit had focused on getting illegal guns off the street: so much for gun control. But perhaps it would not have mattered anyway because between no-cash bail policies and court closures, over 1,800 people arrested on illegal gun charges have been released to walk the streets.

“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,”

We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’” 

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said that nearly 80 of his members have recently filed for retirement and morale is at the lowest levels he’s seen in 38 years.

“People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position,” Mullins said. “There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies,… Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”

In 1990 NYC suffered 2,245 homicides. Increased numbers of Police and funding, plus new tactics, have reduced that to the lowest levels seen since the early 1960’s. But if the city is determined to reverse all of that then an increase in homicides and other violent crimes is to be expected. It should also be no surprise that Police retirements are up by 50%.

“And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”

And in this they’re joining NYC citizens who are “retiring” to safer and more livable places – although it’s not just because of the crime:

The slow exodus of recent years has quickened in recent months, with natives, long-timers and recent arrivals clogging the exits. They’re going to the suburbs, to Florida — anywhere but here. Always before, the departed were replaced by new seekers. It is impossible to believe that swap will continue.

The problems are many, but the linchpin is Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose performance grows worse by the day. There is nothing endearing about his act, only a long list of examples of how little he cares.

And how little he does. New York has had its share of corrupt and incompetent mayors, but never has it had one who is both of those and also a lazy bum. With restaurants wanting to know the rules for reopening, de Blasio diddled until the last minute. Their survival was at stake, but he couldn’t be bothered. What’s the plan for schools in the fall? Good question, but don’t ask the mayor. He hasn’t gotten around to that yet.

I doubt his replacement will either. Here’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the Les Misérables explanation:

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent, and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you maybe have to . . . they are put in a position where they feel they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

Nope! Petty larceny, such as shoplifting, is substantially dpwm on 2019, as is grand larceny. Robbery is also down across the city so this wave of increased killings is not related to such things.

The truth is that the Democrat leaders of NYC do not want to accept that they have given carte blanche to criminals to commit crime – who have are therefore committing more crime.

LOS ANGELES

Same again, as Mayor Eric Garcetti recently described the LAPD cops as “killers”. This coming after two decades of work between Civil Rights lawyers, city administrations and the cops to improve things, which they had done by all accounts, especially in terms of relations between the cops and the people of Los Angeles.

Until now.

“Morale across the rank-and-file is at a record low. Especially out on the street in patrol. We have been vilified and abandoned by the mayor, all but three of the city council members, as well as many business owners and residents of the city of Los Angeles.”

And for the same reasons as Chicago and New York, with DA’s releasing not just people arrested and failing to prosecute, but also releasing thousands of prisoners – plus the usual cheap and easy condemnation of the cops, and threats of defunding of course.

The results are the same too, starting with the cops effectively giving up on preempting crime.

“The citizens think crime and homelessness is bad now? They have seen nothing yet… Wait till a couple of months go by. Pro-activity is all but gone. It sucks. But the community has allowed cops to be vilified.”

And naturally…

Homicides rose by 250% in Los Angeles, and the number of shooting victims rose by 56%, during the week ending June 6, according to the Los Angeles Police Department

Thanks to the work that’s been done, LA does not seem to have suffered as NYC and Chicago have: the murder rate has not increased dramatically above average following the “Floyd spike” in early June. But crime is lagging indicator; those other cities already had Police problems long before now, whereas LA did not. However, since the same factors are being applied it’s hard to see why the results will not eventually be the same.

Another expected result is that LAPD retirements are up:

“Cops are retiring and looking to leave ASAP. Why put our families through this garbage for an ungrateful public”

This is not going to end well.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

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