January 7, 2015 1:42 pm -

[su_right_ad]The New York Times calls the New York police slowdown “reckless.

For the second straight week, police officers across the city have all but stopped writing tickets and severely cut down the number of arrests. The Times reported that in the week ending Sunday, only 347 criminal summonses were issued citywide, down from 4,077 over the same period last year. Parking and traffic tickets were down by more than 90 percent. In Coney Island, ticketing and summonses fell to zero…

Call this what it is: a reckless, coordinated escalation of a war between the police unions and Mr. de Blasio and a hijacking of law-enforcement policy by those who do not set law-enforcement policy. This deplorable gesture is bound to increase tension in a city already rattled over the killing by the police of an unarmed man, Eric Garner, last summer, the executions of two officers in Brooklyn last month, and the shootings on Monday of two plainclothes officers in the Bronx.

Mr. de Blasio, who has been cautious since the shootings, found his voice on Monday, saying for the first time that the police officers’ protests of turning their backs at the slain officers’ funerals had been disrespectful to the families of the dead. He was right, but he needs to do more.

He should appeal directly to the public and say plainly that the police are trying to extort him and the city he leads.

If the Police Department’s current commanders cannot get the cops to do their jobs, Mr. de Blasio should consider replacing them…

A video emerged this week of a New York cop, apparently with nothing better to do, horsing around on the hood of a squad car, falling off and hitting his head. It would be hard to invent a more fitting image of the ridiculous — and dangerous — place this atmosphere of sullen insubordination has taken us.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

31 responses to NY Times: Police Actions ‘Reckless’

  1. tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    He should be fired, lose his pension and any disability payments because of his own stupidity and childish behavior. He endangered himself and others, let him know what it means to be held responsible for his behavior.

    • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      They’ll claim he was practicing some crime fighting technique or testing the equipment and he will be promoted to captain and retired early.

      • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        You are correct, the force needs to be cleaned up and the union will have no choice but to stop being combative.

  2. Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Fire the cop leaders. Destroy the cop union if necessary.

    • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      a bunch of yahoos with guns short term, no thanks. Leave the Union, just replace the bad cops.

      • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        Not “a bunch of yahoos with guns short term”; community policing based on a broad segment of the population of young people who serve their communities and are taught law and civics in the bargain. No more insular cadres of professional cops to get corrupted and jaded over a long career of dealing with some of the seamier aspects of society.

        • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

          no thanks, it should be a profession where you learn and grow not a PT job

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

            Why did you falsify my position by introducing the idea I was speaking of “PT job”?

          • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

            By PT I mean temporary.

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 2:53 pm

            "By PT I mean temporary"

            Nobody else does–but even “temporary” is a falsification of my position. I am speaking of a two-year stint.

          • bpollen January 7th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

            Two years isn’t temporary? Apparently, you and the dictionary are at odds on the meaning of temporary.

            “I’ve worked a lifetime at this job!”
            “How long you been here?”
            “Two years.”

            Two years isn’t even a single enlistment in the service.

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

            What’s with all this falsification? Yes there are two-year contracts available with the Army and no, nobody refers to them as “temps.”

          • bpollen January 8th, 2015 at 2:40 am

            They probably don’t refer to them as “two-year contract soldiers” either. The military tends to use it’s own terminology, and I am willing to be they have some… colorful terms. I would rather have a veteran at my back than a guy who has 18 months left by the time he finishes training. The most common name I heard for greenhorns, during my service, was “cannon fodder.”

          • Weebal January 8th, 2015 at 2:43 am

            So you are a cop?

          • bpollen January 8th, 2015 at 7:46 am

            Are you? And how is that pertinent? Does that change the meaning of temporary to something NOT-temporary?

    • StoneyCurtisll January 7th, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      “compulsory” service….
      Really bad idea…
      Forcing everyone to “serve” in any type of civilian or military/police endeavor never works out..
      Hitler tried it..(didn’t work out)

      Israel has the same compulsory service mandate…
      And all it does is make every Israeli citizen a legitimate target for those who wish to attack Israeli military targets..

      Once you make all citizens current or reserve military, they no longer become “civilians”.

      • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 4:55 pm

        So weak it doesn’t deserve a response beyond this, but comparisons to Hitler and an utterly bogus reference to Israeli practice and policy does not an argument make. My premise is that you and the other falsifiers like having corrupt cops turn their backs on civilian authority and the fact that your comment history is private means there’s no evidence to think otherwise.

        • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

          basically you are pulling the whiny victim card. Just because we disagree is no reason for you to get angry

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 4:58 pm

            You have falsified my point of view and then covered yourself using weak excuses. There. SInce I was able to point that out, I’ve completely expunged any feeling of victimhood. Go on and take another shot.

            ps–I notice your comment history is private too.

          • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

            nope, you are whining

          • tracey marie January 7th, 2015 at 5:01 pm

            so what if my comment history is private

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 5:02 pm

            It means there is nothing to base a judgement about you from except for the troll-like tactics you’ve employed here.

            By-the-way, why did you answer a thread continued by “Stoney”? Are you posting under more than one name here?

          • Anomaly 100 January 7th, 2015 at 8:40 pm

            No, it simply means it’s private. You know, like mine is because trolls, that’s why.

          • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

            I myself have had my comment history private for extended periods of time. That was because I was frequenting Breitbart and Truth Revolt (under another i.d.) and had a problem with zombie zeroes flagging my comments production style. I ended up having so many of my comments deleted as “spam” that I eventually was banned. So I’d be totally willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt if they weren’t themselves using troll tactics to deprecate my speech.

          • Anomaly 100 January 8th, 2015 at 7:38 am

            Heh. I upvote many comments. I love our readers. Even if I don’t agree with everything they say, I acknowledge that I read their comment. The one you’re referring to, I’d have to look up and go through the thread again but right now I’m bouncing between sites (mine and Alan’s) so I’ll have to get to it later. Also, I’m freezing my butt off right now:-)

    • greenfloyd January 7th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      In a city like New York you need a professional police force. But without that tribal attitude. The slow-down doesn’t seem to bother ordinary New Yorkers,

      • Weebal January 7th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        Droll–and accurate. But I think the only way you can get away from a tribal attitude is to dispense with having a force predominantly made up of careerists. I am not advocating amateur policing anymore than someone who advocates for a military draft is advocating for an amateur military force.

        • greenfloyd January 8th, 2015 at 4:04 am

          I’m not sure how it’s going to work out, yet it seems clear the grass-roots pressure to reform policing and improve Civil Rights is not going away. Every indication is over the next year the protests will intensify and continue into 2016.
          Even so, it might all come down to something as simple and sweetly ironic as this NYPD slow-down, realign priorities, win back the hearts and minds. Even though it’s probably not what the leadership had in mind, by their call to inaction, it becomes apparent, we have too many cops for the number of real criminals out there.

      • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 2:19 am

        Right on~!

  3. StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Since it is very difficult to ‘fire” a police officer…
    it’s time to begin laying some of them off..
    Since crime is down,(according to number of citations issued) there is no need for the huge number of police officers to be employed at tax payer expense.

  4. rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 5:02 am

    LOL do those clowns realize how their action will skew the stats for 15….it will show NYC to be the safest place on the planet