Walking Blue Flu from NYPD?

One wonders.

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 anemergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.

I’m not really fond of this kind of strategy, mind you. ‘Course, ‘traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses’ have remarkably fewer connotations of ‘inchoate dread and low-grade apprehension’ for me than they do for the average cop; as I understand it, the sheer randomness of a violent encounter springing from a traffic stop is particularly disquieting to law enforcement personnel. Whether or not the first sentence is more important than the second is something that I’ll leave to my readers. Certainly everybody has an opinion about the cops these days…

9 thoughts on “Walking Blue Flu from NYPD?”

    1. Judging from the election results that put de Blasio in office, anyone with brains already has.

  1. Well, there is the interesting combination of two things. The Supreme Court has ruled definitively that the police cannot be held legally or constitutionally liable for the protection of the public from crime. [Castle Rock v. Gonzales, Docket No. 04-278 and Joshua DeShaney, a minor, by his guardian ad litem, and Melody DeShaney, Petitioners v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, et al. Docket No. 87-154 which states that government agencies also cannot be held liable for damages for failing to perform their duties].

    And the two chief law enforcement officers of the country, the President and the Attorney General, are openly and deliberately refusing to enforce both Federal Statutes on immigration and on drugs. They claim the right of what is basically mass discretionary prosecution as an excuse. And no one is doing anything about it.

    So how does this action by the NYPD differ generically?

    Just throwing it out there for discussion.

    1. Doesn’t.
      Should be *very* well documented and thrown (ideally, followed by a fist, IMO) in the face of the next Dem politician who claims to be “Law & Order” …

  2. ‘traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses’ probably generate a lot of wealth that DeBlasio would like to re-distribute. The cops are hitting him where it hurts the most (besides his ego, and they already did that on a grand scale).

  3. Seems a reasonable response to me. They aren’t putting anyone in danger with their actions, and their targeting city revenue which sends a message. Do that for too long though, and they may find some of their brethren out of a job.

  4. If you have ever observed a New Yorker ‘discussing’ a parking ticket with a Brownie , you would understand quite quickly why the cops are on slow down . Back then , it was just really really ugly , now it’s flat-out dangerous , a threat to life and limb . But this is what NY elected . Pick your dystopia , from the films to literature , but it’s all there in living color on the Mean Streets of NYC .

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