Posted by DrJohn on 1 January, 2020 at 9:20 am. 10 comments already!



New York City is in crisis and the city is in the hands of a lunatic.

Murders are up nearly 9%.

Murders citywide are up 8.7 percent this year, slightly disrupting the city’s downward trend in homicides over the past few decades, police announced Thursday.

The announcement came at the NYPD’s final crime briefing of the year, the first briefing presided over by new Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. So far in 2019, 299 people have been murdered, as opposed to 275 year-to-date last year, according to cops.

“We are very focused on the challenge of homicide … That’s simply not acceptable,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at the press conference. “I want it to be clear. Everyone is doing their job and everyone is digging deeper to get under the skin of this problem and address it but we are not going to accept this situation.”

Subway crimes are up. In 2018 NYC decided it would no longer prosecute subway turnstile jumpers.

MANHATTAN — Fare beaters who hopped over grimy subway turnstiles back in the early 1990s were the first targets of a policing strategy that went after the smallest offenses and was credited with helping to drive crime down to record lows.

So now, a new policy to halt the prosecution of turnstile jumpers in Manhattan has some city officials and riders questioning it as a foolhardy turning back of the clock.

“The New York transit system is facing major problems already,” said Dottie Jeffries, 67, a daily subway rider who was just getting off the train in Greenwich Village. “And not caring about whether someone pays … sets a tone of permissiveness that could cause more trouble.”

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota wrote in a letter to the Manhattan District Attorney this week that “allowing ever more widespread fare-beating … unquestionably sends a loud and clear signal to those who would flout the law.”

Naturally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged violation of the law

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez encouraged toll jumping in the New York City metro system after anti-NYPD protesters swarmed a Brooklyn station and leaped over the turnstiles without paying subway fares.

“Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich. Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other.”

As of the end of 2018 this fare evasion had cost NYC $215 million.

DeBlasio has constantly derided the NYPD :

“I’ve been raising a black son in America, and I have had to have very, very serious talks with my son, Dante, about how to protect himself on the streets of our city and all over this country, including how to deal with the fact he has to take special caution because there have been too many tragedies between our young men and our police, too, as we saw recently in Indiana,” he said.

“So we need to have a different conversation in this country about guns, but also a different conversation about policing that brings police and community together,” de Blasio continued. “We’ve done that in New York City and we’ve driven down crime while we’ve done it.”

That is untrue, of course

DeBlasio’s contempt for the NYPD has taken a terrible toll

Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“No warning, no provocation — they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn.

And DeBlasio’s complete lack of respect for the NYPD continues to have repercussions to this day. Scofflaws feel free to humiliate cops, dousing them with water and throwing buckets at them without any fear of reprisal:

It’s revolting, yet New York’s assault on society goes unabated.

New Law Will Prohibit NY Judges From Jailing Armed Suspects Who Resist Arrest

New York, NY – Under the City of New York’s so-called justice reforms, suspects will no longer be held in jail for carrying weapons beginning in January.

Offenders found in possession of a wide array of weapons – including guns, switchblades, swords, machetes, and stun guns – will instead be issued a “desk appearance ticket” and “set free,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) pointed out in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Lawmakers also eliminated cash bail for hundreds of other criminal charges.

“This law starts on Jan. 1st for ALL of New York, not just New York City,” the PBA noted in another post.

On Nov. 19, Queens Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney James Quinn released a complete list of the offenses that judges will no longer be able to set bail for.

“Under the new bail laws…Judges in New York State cannot set bail on any of the following crimes (and most attempts to commit these crimes), and must release the defendant on non-monetary conditions, regardless of criminal record, ties to the community or previous bench warrants on other cases,” Quinn wrote.

The list stretched on for four pages, and included offenses such as stalking, arson, resisting arrest, money laundering in support of terrorism, rioting, vehicular assault, unlawful imprisonment, negligent homicide, and a slew of drug-related charges.

Criminal offenses against children, including child abuse, promoting child prostitution, facilitating female genital mutilation, and possessing or promoting a sexual performance by a child will also be treated with a mandatory release. (emphasis mine)

That has already born fruit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer was assaulted in a wild confrontation caught on camera in Brooklyn Heights.

Police say 40-year-old Steven Haynes punched an officer after being asked to leave the middle of an intersection where he was sitting.

The attack took place near a Bank of America on Court and Livingston Streets.

Eventually, more officers are seen moving in to help remove the suspect who is now facing a long list of charges, including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Despite those charges, Haynes is reportedly already back out on the street, according to the Police Benevolent Association.

There is one additional mind boggling piece to this story. Perpetrators will be given the opportunity to threaten and intimidate  (or even kill) witnesses early on:

As part of the measure, defendants will have new privileges in their criminal trials — including being allowed to inspect their own crime scenes. For example, if an individual is charged with home burglary, the suspect will be allowed to return to the victim’s home and inspect their property as part of their defense.

“It really boggles the mind that this is a reality for us now,” Lt. Steven Stockdale of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office told CBS 6 Albany in October of the provision. “Talk about re-victimization.”

Another portion of the law will more quickly give defendants a full list of named witnesses testifying against them in the criminal trial. Starting in January, the prosecution will be forced to hand over to defendants a list of named witnesses within 15 days of the defendants’ arraignment.

In June, the Manhattan Institute’s Seth Barron and Ralf Mangual wrote that such a provision will make it impossible for prosecutors to ensure witnesses are protected through the criminal trial process:

Prosecutors will no longer be able to assure witnesses that their identity will be protected, even in the case of grand jury testimony, which the new law will now require be disclosed. (While there’s a provision to ask a judge for a protective order to shield a name, that would come after cops and prosecutors talk to witnesses to make an arrest and build a case.) [Emphasis added]

Manhattan DA Cy Vance put it this way: “Having to hand defendants a roster of who has spoken out against them just 15 days after their first appearance, absent a protective order, is a seismic change that undoubtedly will dissuade witnesses who live in all neighborhoods from reporting crime.” [Emphasis added]

No sh*t, but that will make lower crime reporting look good on paper. If crimes aren’t reported, there appear to be fewer crimes. If witnesses disappear, convictions diminish. Then a crackpot mayor can point to the statistics.

DeBlasio’s war on law and order has had another tragic consequence- cop suicides are on a record pace:

The wife of a 33-year-old New York City police officer found him dead by suicide at his home on Tuesday evening. The officer’s death marks the 10th police suicide in the city this year.

Police said that the officer was found at around 9 p.m. at his residence in the Fresh Meadows neighborhood of Queens.

Commissioner James O’Neill told CBS New York on Oct. 9 that more officers have died by suicide in 2019 than in recent years. There had been four or five NYPD suicides annually for the last five years. O’Neill described the situation as a “mental health crisis.”

“It’s difficult for people to come forward, especially if you’re in crisis. I think that’s almost impossible,” O’Neill said. “The biggest issue is getting over that hurdle— getting over that hurdle of stigma.”

The rate of suicides among NYPD police officers is already higher than for other residents of New York City. The rate of suicides for uniformed NYPD personnel is 13.8 per 100,000 people (according to 2017 data) while for the city’s population overall it is 6.7 per 100,000 (according to 2016 data). Some officers and experts say that on-the-job trauma and stress, combined with a culture of stigmatizing mental illness, create conditions that are dangerous to officers’ mental health.

New York City is headed toward a reckoning, but that’s what happens when you elect a psychopath as mayor. For the life of me I cannot understand why any sane person would vote for this idiot.

One more term in office for DeBlasio and murder will be legal.

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