In the aftermath of nationwide protests and riots against police, liberal states have cracked down on their local police departments.
In New York, the city has announced he will “defund” the NYPD, redistributing those resources to programs run by his wife.
Outraged at a lack of support, hundreds of officers threatened to retire or quit altogether.
Seemingly in response, the commissioner announced a major change:
The NYPD will disband its plainclothes anti-crime units, which have been involved in a number of shootings by police, Commissioner Dermot Shea announced Monday.
The 600 officers in the units at precincts and public housing developments will be reassigned to other jobs, in the latest shakeup to the department amid national and local protests against police brutality.
Why is this move by the NYPD so important the nation’s largest city, and for the entire country?
New York police have frequently criticized Mayor de Blasio for an apparent lack of support. Their grievance with the mayor has been publicly noted for years.
The recent outbreak of violence due to protests and riots appears to have been a “last straw” for many area cops.
The move to resign plainclothes officers appears to be a form of “punishment” by the city. The police union criticized the decision, saying, “city leaders have clearly decided that proactive policing isn’t a priority anymore.”
Police representatives say shooting and murders are climbing, even as the city reduces the NYPD’s resources.
Moves like this by our nation’s leading city could be an encouragement to other cities to make significant cuts in anti-crime units, which may lead to significant spikes in crime.
- Over 600 New York cops threatened to leave after years of neglect from the mayor.
- The city is now disbanding the anti-crime unit, in an apparent response.
- Police representatives say that it will result in more crime in the city.