By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) In a cause-and-effect scenario law enforcement experts could see coming a mile away, following a series of Left-wing ‘criminal justice reforms’ along with open hostility towards police by Mayor Bill DeBlasio, major crimes have spiked in New York City.
Local affiliate Fox5 reports that major criminal acts have skyrocketed 22.5 percent over this time last year, while shootings have spiked more than 7 percent.
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“Robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto crimes all saw increases,” the affiliate reported.
The only bright spot in the new stats is the murder rate, which is down 20 percent, according to the most recent stats, with just 20 people killed in February. And while that seems like a negligible figure in a city of more than 8 million people, if shootings are up, then it’s only a matter of time before gun-related deaths and homicides are up as well.
But here’s the gist of the story: “Police officials blame criminal justice reforms for the uptick in crime.”
The NYPD says that in the first 58 days of 2020, 482 individuals who had already been arrested for committing a felony such as robbery or burglary were rearrested for committing an additional 846 crimes.
Thirty-five percent, or 299, were for arrests in the seven major crime categories – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto – that is nearly triple the amount of those crimes committed in the same 58 days in 2019.
Police officials noted that before the DeBlasio-led “bail reform,” these are all offenses that would have landed suspects in jail.
Here’s another notable quotable from the story: Police have noted an uptick in kid-on-kid crimes, meaning that the next generational crime wave to hit the Big Apple is already learning the ropes, including how to remain just under the radar in terms of ‘bail reform.’
Again, though, anyone with a lick of common sense knew this was coming. As President Trump noted in November, his home town of New York City was doing just fine until it was “ruined” by Left-wing Democrats DeBlasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The NYPD knows what’s going on as well, and who’s responsible, for the most part: DeBlasio, who says he warned his son, who is black, to ‘be careful around cops’ before taking a trip to Atlanta with cousins at the age of 13.
DeBlasio’s animosity towards his own police department has resulted in open hostility between his office and the head of the NYPD union, Ed Mullins. Just last month he vowed to continue his “war” against DeBlasio and his policies that, last summer, resulted in two officers getting assaulted with buckets of water by locals — an incident unthinkable in Rudy Giuliani’s NYC or even Michael Bloomberg’s city.
“All of my criticism of Mayor [Bill] de Blasio is well-deserved and will not cease until he abandons the policies that are placing all members of the [Sergeants Benevolent Association] and the NYPD at greater risk of injury and death while making it more difficult for us to do our jobs,” Sergeants Benevolent Association president Mullins said in a Facebook post.
“I am confident that my comments enjoy broad support among the SBA membership and members of the NYPD overall – you have repeatedly told me so – and I will not be intimidated by the coercive tactics employed by City Hall,” the post says. “I assure you a ‘retaliatory targeted investigation’ by the Department will be met with quick legal action by the SBA.”
The New York Post noted:
Mullins’ remarks are the latest salvo in an ongoing battle with City Hall that escalated when Mullins tweeted that members of the NYPD were “declaring war” on the mayor after accused gunman Robert Williams allegedly walked into a Bronx NYPD stationhouse Feb. 9 and opened fire, hitting one cop, a day after allegedly shooting another cop in the face while he sat in his patrol car.
“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” the SBA tweeted after the attack. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals.”
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This animosity isn’t new. In 2014, cops turned their backs on DeBlasio as he walked through a Brooklyn hospital where two officers were taken after they were ambushed; both died.
“Quite frankly, the mayor ran an anti-police campaign,” former police commissioner Ray Kelly said at the time.
Cops blamed DeBlasio’s “anti-cop campaign” that ushered him into office, including his vociferous criticism of ‘stop-and-frisk’ and his end to the program, which police said would result in…more crime.
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