In the wake of anti-police demonstrations and demonization of police as racists and killers, many American police officers are likely feeling under siege.
In the wake of the murders of two NYPD officers last weekend, the police unions were threatening to cut back on arrests until they had the backing of the political leadership.
According to the New York Post, that is exactly what has happened:
With cops on edge following the assassination of two patrol officers on a Brooklyn street, many officers have started turning a blind eye to some minor crimes, sources told The Post, while a union mandate that two patrol cars respond to all police calls has led to slower response times to non-emergencies.
“I’m not writing any summonses. Do you think I’m going to stand there so someone can shoot me or hit me in the head with an ax?” One cop said Sunday, referring to the Dec. 20 slayings and another recent attack on the NYPD.
“I’m concerned about my safety,” the cop added. “I want to go to home to my wife and kids.”
It’s not just so-called “victimless” crimes that are not being enforced, but crimes against property such as burglaries and shoplifting that are not being responded to in a timely manner.
The relationship between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Police Department has been strained for years. If nothing is done to reduce the risks officers encounter every day, it seems those tensions will only rise.
Courtesy of IJ Review