Number of Arrests in New York Plummet over Holidays

Steve Hopkins, Daily Mail, January 6, 2015

New York police have cut back on arrests and reduced the amount of summonses they normally issue at this time of year, as relations continue to sour with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In the week to last Sunday, officers made half as many arrests as they normally do and issued just 347 summonses. During the same period a year ago, police issued 4,077. Parking and traffic tickets also dropped by 90 per cent.

It is the second straight week, officers have reduced their weekly tallies.

Across the city, officers made a total of 2,401 arrests, compared with 5,448 for the same week the year before–a 56 per cent reduction.

The declines came after a drastic drop in activity that began shortly after the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on December 20.

However, police union leaders have denied that the declines represent any work action. But they have acknowledged that they’ve told staff to put their safety first.

Liu and Ramos were assassinated as they sat in their patrol car by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later shot himself in a subway station.

Hundreds of officers turned their backs on de Blasio at the officers’ funerals, something he later labelled as being ‘disrespectful’.

Officers had also earlier booed the mayor when he spoke at a police graduation ceremony. The unions have blamed de Blasio for fostering an anti-NYPD atmosphere which they believe contributed to the murders of the officers.

The tensions also follow weeks of protests over the death of Eric Garner, whose last words ‘I can’t breathe’ have become a rallying cry against over-zealous policing. Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo.

Most New York police precincts’ crime tallies were close to zero, the New York Times reported. Coney Island didn’t record a single parking ticket, traffic summons or ticket for a low-level crime.

Officers are reportedly now using their own discretion to largely ignore less serious offences.

At a news conference yesterday police commissioner William J. Bratton, stood with de Basio, and tried to explain away the statistical drop. He cited the officer’s funerals and the holiday season, among other theories.

He said that police bosses would look very closely, ‘precinct by precinct’ to see what caused the drop, and suggested that things may turn to normal ‘on their own volition’.

According to crime statistics, during the first week of reductions, crime was actually down. In the second week, however, it increased. Robberies increase by 13.5 per cent and murders were up 11 per cent.

Batton and de Blasio had called the news conference to celebrate the city’s success in reducing crime. Robberies and murders had dropped to the lowest levels since 1963, they claimed.

Batton did, however, acknowledge falling morale among officers.

Before Liu’s funeral he had called on officers to put their grievances aside and to demonstrate outside City Hall, rather than at the ceremony.

The crimes figures showed parking violations were down by 93 per cent, traffic infractions fell 92 per cent and other low-level crime dropped by 91 per cent. Officers also made 56 per cent fewer arrests.

Richard Aborn, the leader of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, told the newspaper he expected the drop to correct itself.

He said: ‘The only thing more critical to the cops right now than their outrage is their sense of duty, and they’re not going to abandon that for a long period.’

The reduction in infringements may come at a significant cost to New York, which earns about $10.5 million a week in parking fine revenue.

The head of the union for police traffic agents, Robert Cassar, has reportedly said his uniformed staff are now doubling up on their rounds and were being ‘very cautious’ not to ‘enrage the public’.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Blue Flu.

    It’s caused by the deadly ‘de Blackio‘ virus.

  • Luca

    I hope they continue to turn their backs on DeBlasio and the minority communities.

    When there is a rampant wave of black-on-black crime (worse than usual) in their ‘hoods, let them call Sharpton, Holder, Obama, the NYT or the New Black Panthers for help.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Across the city, officers made a total of 2,401 arrests, compared with 5,448 for the same week the year before, a 56 percent decline. That included 17 percent fewer arrests for major felonies, which declined to 472 from 568.

      —NY Times

      The NY Times and de Blasio will hail this as a victory and claim that crime has decreased drastically.

      The don’t want to scare off what tax base is left.

      • Reynardine

        With that Gothic typeface, it looks like “The New York Crimes.”

        • Negro Scientist

          Have you looked at the original. That’s what it says “The New York Crimes”. You reading it right. Liberals have been reading it wrong.

  • Somebody’s been reading their Niccolo Machiavelli.

  • IstvanIN

    New York depends on the finance industry to pay the bills, it is NYC’s biggest employer. The second biggest employer is government. If this nit wit mayor sides with the blacks over the police they can kiss the city goodby. Wall Street can only tolerate so much terrorism. You can not have government exceed private industry and expect to survive.

  • superlloyd

    ‘Batton and de Blasio had called the news conference to celebrate the city’s success in reducing crime.’ De Blasio is either an idiot or a barefaced liar or both. He is the epitome of the word Libtard.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      He must not consider murder a crime:

      33% Rise in NYC Murders Under Bill “Soft on Crime” de Blasio

      http //www frontpagemag com/2014/dgreenfield/33-rise-in-nyc-murders-under-bill-soft-on-crime-de-blasio/

      Who’d have thought that siding with those calling for the death of cops would backfire?

      • Sick of it

        “Who’d have thought that siding with those calling for the death of cops would backfire?”

        Someone with a brain?

        • I think it’s a gun control push. TPTB think nothing of our lives. They think only slightly more, if any, of cop lives. Look at what Bloomberg was doing when he was mayor a couple years ago regarding aggressive gun control attempts. He even recommended NYC police go on strike until tougher gun laws are passed. Then we get a new major, some time elapses, but the agenda continues. Now with a new event, a new shooting, and cops actually going ahead and doing essentially a strike right now.

          Cops and firefighters typically do not strike. It has been interpreted as illegal for them to do so, for what that’s worth.

          • Sick of it

            The other side is 100% in favor of grabbing every weapon, or potential weapon, from the rest of us. You, Bon, and I know exactly what TPTB will do once they have disarmed us. This is, unfortunately, expected with every crisis they bring to the fore today.

          • MannyR

            The line in the sand that every racially awáre white should be mindful of is guns. Period. They pass any laws taking away our second amendment rights, that’s it. All talk is over. I don’t care how legally they do it and who they pay off to vote their way.

          • It is impossible to disarm anyone with an ounce of functioning grey matter and access to machine tools. Zip guns in Northern Ireland were notorious back in the day, and in 1942-43, the Filipinos made shotguns using 3/4″ pipe for the barrels. Each time they shot a Japanese occupation soldier, they also got a factory-made rifle and ammunition for that. The inevitable Japanese reprisals only further infuriated the locals, which was a feature, rather than a bug. The postwar communist Hukbalahap insurgency brought Filipino gun-making using scrap metal and other junk to an almost surreal level. I once examined – and shot – a 12-gauge shotgun that fired from a revolving cylinder, double-action. The finish was rough, but whoever built that… er… “thing” over there knew what he was doing.

            In Peshawar, Pakistan, the locals reverse-engineer rifles and pistols using the machine tools one would find in the shop of a poorly-funded US junior high school. The steel is typically from old railroad rails. This is work-hardened by heavy trains passing over them, through the years.

            Gun-control is effectively impossible. The libtards can’t get there from here.

          • I doubt it is a gun control push. NYC already has some of the strictest gun laws in the US, and their jurisdiction does not extend to the rest of the state, let alone the nation. Moreover, SCOTUS has already ruled that gun ownership is in fact an individual right.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Wonder if de Blasio (or whatever his name is) was told to leave his ugly, lesbo wife at home, like last time he met with union leaders:

    NY Post:

    Heeding Bratton’s advice, de Blasio did not bring along his wife, Chirlane McCray. He was accompanied by First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and two key aides.

    Now why on earth would Bratton ask de Blasio to leave his wife at home??

    • IstvanIN

      So as not to startle children, old ladies and horses?????

  • John Smith

    Watch the NY violent crime rate gradually begin to skyrocket. It will be the Dinkens era all over again. Rampaging feral blacks are becoming more emboldened by the day.

    Police are freaked out to be caught on camera having any type of confrontation with any black. It will only get worse.

    Then we’ll get all the hand wringing and excuse making. “It Whitey’s fault”…zzzzz

    This atmosphere it totally the fault of the filthy creatures in the anti-white media cabal.

  • MannyR

    The liberals are now seriously trying to get DeBlackio to fire officers as an example to others that depolicing won’t be tolerated. They complain when they do their jobs they complain when they don’t. Just split the U.S. and give the west ot the left and their brothers in arms. Ten minutes later theyde be throwing themselves at our feet begging for forgiveness.

    • RationaliseThis

      Communist always turn hard against the unions. Happened in China, USSR, Iron Cutrain Europe. Worse than any conservative or even fascist could be. Seems they don’t like a dictatorship of the proletairiat.

      Communism always had strong racial undertow that was about using the working class.

    • 1G25

      Give the North to the left. They own most of it anyway.

  • dave

    Keep it up guys and gals. Remember,as long as you all stand together, there is nothing they can do to you.

  • Mayor de Blackio wanted to reduce crime without blacks being offended, and he has succeeded. Crime has been miraculously reduced in a few weeks. Why is this idiot complaining?

  • Christorchaos

    56%? A mere bagatelle…

  • benvad

    Hope they attack leftist manhattan and let the cops sit back and watch.

  • RationaliseThis

    Communist always turn hard against the unions. Happened in China, USSR, Iron Cutrain Europe. Worse than any conservative coukd be.