. . . is still a strike.
It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage.
NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.
The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.
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Angry union leaders have ordered drastic measures for their members since the Dec. 20 assassination of two NYPD cops in a patrol car, including that two units respond to every call.
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Police sources said Monday that safety concerns were the main reason for the dropoff in police activity, but added that some cops were mounting an undeclared slowdown in protest of de Blasio’s response to the non-indictment in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“The call last week from the PBA is what started it, but this has been simmering for a long time,” one source said.
“This is not a slowdown for slowdown’s sake. Cops are concerned, after the reaction from City Hall on the Garner case, about de Blasio not backing them.”
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has warned its members to put their safety first and not make arrests “unless absolutely necessary.”
There's more at the link.
I don't blame the NYPD cops at all. If I were in their shoes, faced with a mayor who's actively trash-talked them and shown no support for them whatsoever (except for the past couple of weeks, after two of them were murdered), I'd be doing the same.
Bad cops are one thing. They need to be dealt with, as severely as possible. However, most cops aren't bad. They're tarred with the brush of the few bad ones, and do their best to do their jobs in spite of that handicap. If, in the process, they're thrown under the bus by rabble-rousing leaders, it's a very effective counter to simply stop routine policing and leave it to Hizzoner to find another way to do it. He won't, of course. He can't.
I just hope the cops don't blink, and back down. The only real solution in New York now is for Hizzoner to go . . . and he won't want to. He's going to cling to power no matter what his mistakes. Things could get nasty for a while in New York city.