New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has apparently placated radical activist groups in the wake of the events after George Floyd.
He has allowed protests, despite warnings about the ongoing pandemic. He has told police to stand down as rioters destroyed parts of the Big Apple.
And his latest decision to “fix” the police is to slash the NYPD’s funding by $1 billion. That would amount to a significant loss of police officers, not to mention a drop in training and equipment.
It looks like the losses are already beginning to show, as numerous officers are bailing before their pensions evaporate:
The flurry of Finest farewells began after the police-involved killing of George Floyd on May 25, with 272 uniformed cops putting in retirement papers from then through June 24, the NYPD says.
That’s a 49 percent spike from the 183 officers who filed during the same period last year, according to the department.
While a $1 billion budget cut is steep, activists (including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) are demanding even more. Some have suggested taking $3 billion from the NYPD’s annual budget.
The cuts de Blasio is proposing would mean fewer police officers protecting the city.
It would probably result in poorer training, which would lead to more dangerous encounters—the very problem de Blasio claims to be confronting.
The loss of experienced officers via retirement means the PD will have fewer seasoned police to train and equip younger cops.
Whoever is left will be forced to protect the city with fewer resources and support from the local government.
Already, there has been a spike in violent crime since early cuts were implemented. A cut as deep as $1 billion could be felt very quickly.
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to cut $1 billion from the city’s police department.
- Nearly 300 officers have filed for retirement, with more expected to follow.
- Radical activists demand as much as $3 billion to be taken from the NYPD.
Source: NY Post