I Love the NYPD’s New Protest

I Love the NYPD’s New Protest January 3, 2015

While raging at those who protest against their far-too-frequent brutality and misconduct, the NYPD is engaging in a protest of their own by refusing to arrest anyone for minor offenses. Apparently, they think that’ll show the mayor and those of us who criticize them.

Because the New York City Police are in the middle of a slowdown. The New York Post is going so far as to call it a “virtual work stoppage.”

Furious at embattled mayor Bill de Blasio, and at what Police Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch calls a “hostile anti-police environment in the city,” the local officers are simply refusing to arrest or ticket people for minor offenses – such arrests have dropped off a staggering 94 percent, with overall arrests plunging 66 percent.

If you’re wondering exactly what that means, the Post is reporting that the protesting police have decided to make arrests “only when they have to.” (Let that sink in for a moment. Seriously, take 10 or 15 seconds).

Substantively that mostly means a steep drop-off in parking tickets, but also a major drop in tickets for quality-of-life offenses like carrying open containers of alcohol or public urination.

Hey, here’s an idea: How about the police everywhere only make arrested when they have to, when the actions taken by some individual are a genuine threat to the lives, property or liberty of another person? I like this protest. I hope it catches on. They’re being ridiculous and juvenile, but the result is great.

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