NYC: Amid Historic Crime Spree De Blasio Creates Historic Nightmare
As the progressive left continues to demand the “defunding of police,” politicians are finding it harder and harder to resist. Not surprisingly, New York City has become one of the first to cave.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that he had come up with a plan to cut about $1 billion from the NYPD budget this year. Of course, the good people of New York won’t be getting any of that money back. Instead, it will be “shifted” to the young people of the Big Apple.
The mayor said, “We want to shift resources more and more into young people in particular, into youth centers. We want to shift resources more and more into public housing. We’re going to take that capital money and shift it into creating youth recreation centers.”
The decision comes after protesters, calling their movement “Occupy City Hall,” have been camped outside the legislative house for nearly a week now. Their goal has been just such a move by the mayor, with one not so small difference: one billion isn’t enough for them. They aren’t thrilled with the way the so-called cuts are happening either.
As the New York Times reports, “But slightly less than half of the $1 billion in cuts will come from a budgetary sleight of hand: School safety officers, who are currently under the auspices of the Police Department, will be moved to the authority of the Department of Education, according to three council members familiar with the plan.”
Both the protesting mob and several city council members and lawmakers have made it apparent in the few days since the announcement that they are not satisfied.
Councilman Ben Kallos, according to the Times, says, “We are not seeing a meaningful reduction in headcount and the changes that people are literally marching in the streets for. I don’t think anyone marching for Black Lives Matter is doing it to see school safety officers moved from the N.Y.P.D. budget to the schools budget.”
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a statement saying, “Defunding the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so that the exact same police remain in schools. It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. It does not mean hiring more police officers while cutting more than $800 million from NYC schools.”
However, the not-so-brilliant AOC seems to have missed some things here.
Firstly, may I point out that in addition to “shifting” resources, the cuts will be made to the hiring of new police officers. As the New York Daily News reports, “The city is also poised to cancel the next two police academy classes – a savings of about $50 million. And according to the Times, “The mayor and the City Council agreed on Monday to reach that $1 billion in cuts by, among other things, canceling the planned hiring of 1,163 police officers.”
So, in contrast to AOC’s claims, there will be no new training and no new officers.
This is on top of the 272 officers that just filed for retirement, a 49 percent increase from this same time last year. And of course, we can’t forget about NYPD’s recent decision to disband their largest plainclothes anti-crime unit.
With police numbers diminishing and officers being told to have a “light touch,” crime has already increased drastically. From June 19-28, according to WINS-AM, there have been 83 shootings, injuring or killing 112 people in the city. And don’t even get me started on the number of robberies and other crimes that have been committed.
And that brings us to the other thing AOC has a problem understanding: Overtime.
Crime doesn’t run on a set schedule. Never has, never will, which is why over time has always been a must for the department. When a crime happens, even if it’s five minutes before the end of someone’s shift, they can’t simply walk off the job because their workday is technically done. Neither can they simply leave the case to the next available officer coming on shift.
With less on the ground and increasing crime, it only stands to reason that overtime would be necessary. However, AOC can’t seem to comprehend that.
No wonder families are leaving the city.