On Saturday morning, an East New York man was executed while washing his car in broad daylight — a shocking crime in a week that saw shootings quadruple compared to the same time last year. There were almost 30 shootings over the weekend alone.
Shootings are way up in New York City, and according to the editorial board of the New York Post, the rise is attributable to efforts by city leaders to appease left-wing activists with policing reforms.
Reaping the anti-police whirlwind
The Big Apple has been considered a relatively safe city for decades, but that’s undeniably beginning to change.
These are just some of the predictable consequences of attempts by New York City leaders to make nice with the social justice mob, according to the Post.
A critical concession came last week, when the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit — a group of 600 officers tasked with proactively keeping illegal guns off the streets, according to NBC News.
Criminals across the city got the message loud and clear.
“We’ve warned for years that the NYPD’s anti-gun initiatives are more about discouraging people from carrying illegal guns than catching everyone who does. The point being that guns left stashed somewhere are far less likely to be used — not handy to reach for in a moment of passion,” the Post suggests.
Loony policies, predictable results
The aforementioned anti-crime unit, assailed as the “last chapter” of the city’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy, was eliminated as activist demands to transform law enforcement continue to make inroads all over the country.
With this push for radical reform has come a wave of anti-police sentiment that has left cops feeling attacked and unable to do their jobs. The Post slammed the city’s weak leaders for caving to demands to “defund police” and to straitjacket officers in the use of force, as anti-cop Mayor Bill de Blasio considers slashing the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion.
“Cop morale is down, too: State and city lawmakers are rushing to appease the ‘defund the police’ marchers, passing new laws that limit policing without much heed to which ones are actually wise reforms, and which are gifts to career criminals,” the paper argues.
Having created this mess, de Blasio now seeks to reassure that the “bad old days” of uncontrolled crime in the city aren’t coming back. But it sounds as though the mayor doth protest too much.
When you make stupid reforms, you get stupid results. If the left wants to experiment with the prevailing societal order, let them do it in an “autonomous zone” of their own, far away from the rest of civilization.