All summer long, then-candidate Bill de Blasio pulled no punches in his opposition to aggressive policing — in particular, to stop-and-frisk — and so the principal question going into his mayoralty was this: When it comes to public safety, did he believe his own rhetoric?
Turns out, Bill’s a believer.
He made that clear enough last week, standing super-tall with all the usual suspects — plus, ominously, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton — to announce not only that the city is rescinding its appeal of last year’s discredited federal-court stop-and-frisk ruling, but that it’s unilaterally adopting policies that over time stand to make the city much less safe.
Not my city, not my political party, not my problem. I figure that anybody who needs anything out of the place should be reasonably safe to go get it until about, say, July or so: but after that you’re just going to be one power outage or garbage strike away from the return to the halcyon days of yore.