NYPD Punishes City by Not Citing, Arresting Citizens as Much. Oh, No!


The citizens rejoiced. Then came the crippling donut shortage.
Credit: André Gustavo Stumpf / photo on flickr

Right now in New York City, guys selling black market cigarettes are much, much less likely to be harassed and arrested (or worse) by the New York Police Department. Apparently, or at least in the eyes of the New York Post, we're supposed to see this as a bad thing (people not getting arrested is certainly a bad thing for the New York Post's reporting, anyway):

It's not a slowdown — it's a virtual work stoppage.

NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

The dramatic drop comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to hold an emergency summit on Tuesday with the heads of the five police unions to try to close the widening rift between cops and the administration.

They provide an info box showing, in addition to the huge drop in minor offense summonses, a 94 percent drop in citations for traffic violations, a 92 percent drop in parking violation citations, and a 66 percent drop in overall arrests.

And there's this paragraph:

The Post obtained the numbers hours after revealing that cops were turning a blind eye to some minor crimes and making arrests only "when they have to" since the execution-style shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

Well, we can only hope the NYPD unions and de Blasio settle their differences soon so that the police can go back to arresting people for reasons other than "when they have to."

The NYPD's failure to arrest and cite people will also end up costing the city huge amounts of money that it won't be able to seize from its citizens, which is likely the real point. That's the "punishment" for the de Blasio administration for not supporting them. One has to wonder if they even understand, or care, that their "work stoppage" is giving police state critics exactly what they want—less harsh enforcement of the city's laws.

No doubt police are hoping that citizens will be furious when police don't do anything about the hobo pissing on the wall in the alley or won't make the guy in apartment 3b turn down the racket at four in the morning. And they're probably right to a certain degree. But if they think the city is going to turn into sheer anarchy over the failure to enforce petty regulations, they're probably going to be disappointed. Over at the Washington Examiner, Timothy Carney challenged the assumption that police are all that stand between us and mayhem. He used the Washington, D.C., chief of police's complaints that pulling officers away to deal with protesters kept police from preventing "homicides and shootings and violent crimes and robberies and burglaries right before the holidays." Carney noted:

In the week of Dec. 13 through Dec. 20 — the week when most of these protests happened, dragging MPD away from the neighborhoods — no homicides were reported. Not a single one. Only one homicide happened in D.C. in the two weeks following the grand jury decision to not indict the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold — police say it happened on a Tuesday morning.

As a NYC cop pointed out to me, on Sept. 11, 2001, there was no upswing in crime. Nor immediately after Hurricane Sandy.

We obviously need police. But if anyone believes that our police, in their large numbers, their liberty to engage, and their military-style arsenals, are the only guards against bedlam, they might be misguided.

Presumably, next year, after this all dies down, the NYPD may note a big drop of crime in December entirely because they stopped finding reasons to charge people with crimes.

Police unions could use the experience to decry all the petty, unnecessary reasons they're ordered to cite and arrest people in the first place, but that's not going to happen because they love the drug war and the money that comes into the departments from fighting it.

NEXT: Civilian and Police Homicide Rates Roughly Comparable

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  1. How can we make this continue longer outside of having more cops killed? This seems great.

    1. Every week we just have de Blasio levy some mild criticisms about police conduct over the past 10 days, and the NYPD will react as the petty little 10-year-old girls that they are.

      Problem solved!

      1. Except at some point they are going to notice that throwing the citizens into the briar patch isn’t working.

        Then I expect them to do a complete 180 and go full police state. To the point where they stop and frisk every man, woman and child in a given week.

      2. At least someone’s calling them on their BS:


        1. The cop whining about De Blasio has shockingly made me sympathize with Mayor Sandinista.

          De Blasio’s statements were so mild that they would have been embarrassing if the cops hadn’t freaked out.

          1. Meh. Yes and no. The fact is DeBalsio invited their hostility. He could have made it about process and procedure (and he’d probably have been more right). Instead, he made it an accusation of racism on the part of the police. The latter is much more of a direct insult. And if this were coming from someone else, it might have gotten smoothed over. But, DeBlasio has made a lot of common cause with Al Sharpton. And Sharpton has long been a guy who, even if the police were completely reasonable (and I’m NOT saying they are), they’d have a problem with.

            1. Accusations of racism don’t get taken lightly. Accusations about the systemic injustice at the very core of every level of government are to be ignored.

              The cops could beat Kelly Thomas to death and then re-animate his corpse and beat him to death again, everyday for a year and setting aside from the stunning medical breakthrough, no one would give a shit unless NBC lies again and says Kelly Thomas was a black victim of racism. That’s precisely why all this pushback police conduct is fucking worthless if not outright damaging to everyone’s liberty.

              1. Accusations of racism don’t get taken lightly. Accusations about the systemic injustice at the very core of every level of government are to be ignored.

                Well, you left out one little thing. Are the accusations true? If he’s accusing the cops of being racist and they aren’t, if he’s accusing them of being racist for implementing the very orders he’s giving them, I can very well see where they might be a little justified in being angry with him.

                1. Well, you left out one little thing. Are the accusations true?

                  Well two things. One; I don’t know, is it true? and two; if it is true the crime is still murder, not superdooperplusmurder because the victim is black.

                  The point is that people are accosted by police on daily basis. They commit violent acts against innocents on a daily basis. It’s not as though it ceases to be a crime if the perpetrators are of the same race as the victim. It’s irrelevent, the crime is all that should be focused on. You shouldn’t need cries of racism in order to condemn police brutality, cries of police brutality should do that function.
                  The fact that people get hung up on race is to everyone’s detriment and only strengthens the further institutionalization of police misconduct.

                  1. Seems strange that a NY mayor would admonish the cops for racist tendencies when they were ordered to stop and frisk (profile) for a number of years.

                  2. Amen. But SOME people only filter for race, or more specifically, white-on-black “crime.” If it’s ANY other type of violent crime, then you won’t hear a peep out of them.

                  3. its so nice to hear this from someone other than myself. thank you sir.

        2. I just went there read the article and messages and what struck me was that the majority of posters actually from NY supported the NYPD and those critical of the NYPD posted from elsewhere. That is all you need to know.

          1. yup all of those street protestors just get bussed in by al sharpton and his vast left wing conspiracy. mayhap the readers of the post are simply dumbfucks?

        3. “Their BS”?

          wtf are you saying?

          they are refusing to prosecute victimless crimes that fund govt.

          cops are not failing to respond to victim crimes. either you think govt needs to hover over the line between victimless and victimed and obscure the line to make ppl afraid, or you simply support the prosecution of victimless crimes in general.

    2. After reading most of the comments, I decided to respond to this one as indicative of the attitude of Reason fans.

      You people apparently don’t understand the broken windows philosophy that Giuliani implemented. He lowered the crime rate significantly.

      Far too many of you people seem to be advocating a policy that would result in anarchy. Wise up, people.

      1. Right, NYC will be just like Somalia in two, maybe three hours.

      2. youre not from around here, are you?

  2. Oh the lessons that could be learned!

    1. You and Andrew echo my own thoughts. The NYPD may have blundered into doing something very positive for themselves and their fellow citizens.

  3. As someone who lived in Manhattan for a long time, they weren’t doing anything about idiot neighbors and the hobo taking a dump on the subway platform before the cops were executed, either.

    1. Of course not. Those things might involve risk. Much easier to arrest (or kill) non-violent individuals committing victimless “crimes.”

      1. You are disgusting.

        1. the truth is a dirty thing, no?

  4. I have been wondering the same thing, seeing as how the memory of the American public lasts about a day. I would love to see these conversations and debates continue.

  5. The NYPD has been getting ideas from Mel Brooks



    1. “Hold it men – he’s not bluffing.”

    2. One of the funniest movies of all time.

      1. Supposedly Gene Wilder conceived of the idea for Young Frankenstein between takes while filming Blazing Saddles.

        Mel Brooks saw Gene writing furiously on a notepad and asked him what he was working on, and after Gene explained the concept, there was no question that that would be their next project.

        And the moment they wrapped up work on Blazing Saddles they started writing the script.

        1. That’s bizarre, imagine a world with no Young Frankenstien if anyone else had been cast in that role. I heard once that after Mel Brooks got the green light from the studio execs he walked out of the meeting room and the first person he saw was John Wayne. So Brooks half-jokingly offered that role to him, to which John Wayne replie “It’s too dirty for me to be in it, but I’ll be the first in line to watch it.”

    3. That’s my favorite scene from one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies. . .

  6. But from the NY govt’s point of view, why can’t they fire those cops who refuse to perform their jobs?

    Oh, right, unions.

    Anyway, I’ll keep this in mind when some cop tells me not to blame them for citing me for some minor BS. “I just gotta enforce the law, you don’t like it, get the law changed.” Right.

    1. so does obama have a union to protect him when he fails to enforce the law?

      the parallels are striking.

  7. my neighbor’s half-sister makes $74 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18600 just working on the internet for a few hours. visit the site….

    1. Why are these damn things never in first-person?

      1. Because if you check the numers, that was a 62 hour work week, the 1st person narrator doesn’t have time to shill in forums…

        Or it’s just a scam.

        1. You are assuming last month’s paycheck was for last month’s work. Could be for the whole 10 months. Or she found a way to steal from the thieves she is working for…

          Or it’s just a scam.

  8. “(people not getting arrested is certainly a bad thing for the New York Post’s reporting, anyway):”

    Nonsense, Scott. The ‘metro’ section is simply the stuff squeezed in between the Sports section (rear 49%) and the “Rappers-Baby’s-Momma-Said What??” section (front 49%). They could fill the gap with cartoons in the meantime and no one would notice the difference.

    1. As long as it’s not Doonesbury.

  9. We laugh, but it’s not we serfs that the NYPD is trying to hurt.

    It’s the city’s political machine. Fewer summons means less fines. Fewer arrests means more people getting away with tax evasion.

    This is a clarion call aimed at all the special interests that benefit from the cops arresting, beating, or harassing the competition – everything from the unions to the cab medallion owners.

    Just watch; all these people who benefit from the cops fucking over the serfs will fall in line with the cops. There will be no reform; the machine needs the cops to act as the muscle as it mulcts the poor and unconnected, and the serfs lack the power to unseat the machine no matter how pissed off they get.

      1. Maybe they can do like Bart Simpson in that episode where he egged on both sides in the teachers’ strike to keep school closed as long as possible.

        “Hey, NYPD, the mayor just disrespected you again, are you going to put up with that!” “No! Just for that, we’ll stop arresting people for having Big Gulps.”

        “Hey, Sharpton, the cops just said black people like Big Gulps, are you going to just sit there and take it?” “No, we’re going to print up a bunch of ‘NYPD is racist’ posters!”

        “Hey, coppers, did you just hear what Sharpton said about you?” “This will not stand – everyone except the homicide division will spend their entire shifts in the break room and see how they like it!”

        1. Even Jeff Winger, who, before the war, lacked interest in it, has now found a leading role.

          Soldiers of Blanketsburg, we fight not because we want war.
          We fight, – that we might gain peace! – Yeah!

          Winger’s critics suggest he merely improvised hot-button patriotic dogma in a Ferris Bueller-ian attempt to delay schoolwork.
          Winger decries the accusation as, “A slanderous betrayal akin to 9/11.
          ” Later after the war, he would refer to the theory as “essentially accurate.

    1. Sigh, you are unfortunately correct…

    2. Ooh, learned a new word. That doesn’t happen too often. Thanks.

    3. “We laugh, but it’s not we serfs that the NYPD is trying to hurt.

      It’s the city’s political machine. Fewer summons means less fines. Fewer arrests means more people getting away with tax evasion.”

      When the Town Guards crack down upon the serfs again. The Serfs will remember that one taste of Freedom. =)

      1. When you give an inch, they want a mile.

        Human nature works both ways. =)

  10. NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops

    Given that the NYPD kills a non-zero number of people while issuing tickets, summons, etc., I wonder how long this “work” stoppage would have to go on before we could say it had (statistically) saved someone’s life.

    Hell, how many NYPDers are killed doing this “work”? We could probably really run up the “if it saves just one life” score if we included them with the regular people.

    1. Your inflammatory ignorant statement really makes you look silly. The fact is that the NYPD is the best large police department in the world. The fact that complaints against NYPD officers were down dramatically this year is what Al Gore would refer to as “an inconvenient truth”. I am thinking about the story I read yesterday about protesters in LA blocking the road until one fed up person had enough and drove their car through the line injuring one of them. Who were the first people these protesters called for help???… I’m not endorsing what happened but Karma can be a bitch. I would offer you this piece of advice as someone who lived through the Dinkins years, Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

      1. I’d consider this more ironic if it wasn’t 50/50 whether they would arrest the driver or the victim. Either way I’m sure the automobile and possessions were seized regardless of charges.

        And personally I would have called an EMT.

      2. Thank you for posting a responsible comment. Most of the clowns on here are one beer light of a six pack.

      3. Eric Garner sure didn’t file any complaints about the NYPD!

      4. Why the hell would I call the police to respond to an injury? What are they gonna do, beat it into submission?

      5. sigh. more deep thoughts from members of law enforcement and tgeir fawning admirers. GET. OFF. OUR. LAWN.

  11. It would be great if this continued for like a month or so without any loss in quality of life for city residents (perhaps an improvement since they wouldn’t be dealing with police bullshit) and the mayor went and fired half the force.

    It will never happen, but a man can dream.

    1. I want it to happen in Ferguson as well as other places people bitch about the cops.

      I hope the cops and cities loose all their revenue and we also find out if the residents enjoy light policing in the ghetto or the shitbirds take over.

      Would be refreshing.

      1. That and Missouri has relatively tame gun laws compared to New York….

        Maybe my dream of watching Twisted Metal live will come true some day.

        1. Agree, and will enjoy the show.

          But based on the reporting at Reason and elsewhere on Ferguson acting like the mob to goose their city budget with fines, I doubt the PoPo there will lay off harassing people daily.

          And NYC statists do not enjoy loosing out on their vig either, so they will figure out a way to get their pound of flesh from the citizens

    2. Would love that. I’m sure the cops will arrange to stop policing things that people actually care about before that happens though.

      It’s the standard tactic of bureaucrats everywhere, instead of cutting useless bullshit, cut the stuff that makes people hurt first, so you can leverage a bigger bidget out of it.

      The cops are just doing it wrong. But I’m sure they will catch on quicky.

      1. But I’m sure they will catch on quicky.

        I wouldn’t count on it. They’re not the brightest bulbs on the tree.

  12. Plus, think of all the property not seized under civil asset forfeiture. Random pot smokers getting away with owning cell phones and such.

    1. The peasants need to realize that their ruling class betters own everything in the kingdom. They are being nice by letting the peasants borrow some of it. So if a peasant breaks one of the rules, it’s totally righteous for the rulers to take back the stuff that is theirs in the first place.

  13. At this point, fuck the NYPD and their unions. Whatever you may think of Mayor DeBlasio, the cops’ utter disrespect of and contempt for elected city government (THEIR BOSSES) is beyond anything that should be tolerated by any jurisdiction. THEY ARE BECOMING DANGEROUS.

    Does the Mayor have the power to simply tell them to not come to work? Call in lightly-armed National Guard to keep the peace instead.

    I mean, seriously, what are the options here when a police department of the biggest city in the country is completely out of control?

    1. I’m waiting on that scenario to play out as a rural county PD having to round up some small town banana republic cops.

    2. The mayor would probably work with Coumo to get the State Police out to work the streets, but I doubt they have enough to cover much of the city.

      Since NYC bans guns and knives for law abiding people I think we’ll see good and bad happening — maybe some neighborhood vigilantes doing the job NYPD won’t do?

      1. An enterprising smuggler familiar with the Kessel Run would be rapidly working off his Hutt debts under these conditions

    3. What’s especially great is that they never rebel when their bosses ask them to do horrible things to citizens, just when their bosses lightly criticize them.

      If you want cops to bust down a random door at 2 AM and hurl flashbang grenades at children, they’re totally game. But say they should probably tone down some of their tactics and they lose their minds.

      1. Police have this attitude that they can do whatever they want (who’s going to stop them, the cops?), and that citizens exist to serve them.

        So when a mere citizen, like the mayor for example, goes and gives even the most benign criticism of the police, you bet they’re going to go totally ape shit. Nobody tells them what to do, least of all a puny citizen.

      2. Except, again, DeBlasio didn’t particularly criticize the tactics. He just called the police racist.

        1. Yep, it’s easy to hate both sides.

          The Brown and Garner deaths (murders if you think so) had little to do with race, it’s DeBlasio and his racialist tribe that makes it that way.

          Just watched some stupid town hall in Denver where the black Mayor and black police chief just nodded their heads when some 20-something black guy stumbled through his indictment of the System (and the Man, I suppose) keeping him down.

        2. I would say that qualifies as criticism. Also, DeBlasio didn’t accuse the entire NYPD of being racist. He acknowledged the reality that his black son is at a greater risk of being of a victim of police misconduct. That doesn’t mean he thinks all cops are racist. In a sane world, this wouldn’t even be controversial.

          1. I would say that qualifies as criticism.

            Talk about missing the forest for the trees. My point is that DeBlasio didn’t object to excessive tactics.

            Also, DeBlasio didn’t accuse the entire NYPD of being racist. He acknowledged the reality that his black son is at a greater risk of being of a victim of police misconduct. That doesn’t mean he thinks all cops are racist.

            Okay. So, let me guess, if an Archie Bunker’s tells his kids that they shouldn’t trust black people, it’s okay because he’s not saying they shouldn’t trust all black people, right? That doesn’t mean he thinks all black people are untrustworthy, right?

    4. So I guess you don’t believe in unions either? They constantly make their members disrespect the bosses they work for by encouraging work slowdowns and strikes.


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  15. Let’s remember: the cops are acting this way because the Mayor mentioned he instructed his half-black son to be careful around police officers.

    Let’s be clear, if anybody has a full- or half-black son, they would do the exact same thing because… duh! I have no doubt the black police officers turning their backs on the Mayor have told their sons this, as well.

    1. You don’t have to be black for it to be a wise idea to instruct your children to be wary around the police baboons with guns.

      1. Should have just pointed people to the youtube “don’t talk to the police” videos

        But what’s more true – DeBlasio’s son is more in danger from NYPD or some thug in Brooklyn?

        1. those categories aren’t mutually exclusive.

      2. Blacks are much more likely to be killed by other backs than by the police. In fact when a police shooting does happen, it’s front age news in all the papers and the lead story for weeks in the TV media. When is the last time you saw a front page article on a gang shooting?

        The stupidity of some on this site is appalling.

        1. “Because they kill each other, it’s ok if we kill them too.”

          Yup, your stupidity is appalling. . .

    2. The Mayors comment/speech was asinine. I am a white person who grew up in the city and my father gave me THE SAME EXACT SPEECH!!! As every father should! He explained to me that “police have a very dangerous job and put their lives on the line every day. They are there to protect us but they never know what they are getting into so, if and when you ever have an incident with the police, stop whatever you are doing and listen to whatever the officer tells you” And when I did have a run in, I did what the officer told me, answered his questions and the not so pleased officer let me off. I had other WHITE friends mouth off, disobey the officer and not follow instructions – sound familiar? and it didn’t turn out as well (white cops prejudiced against white kids?).

      The Mayor didn’t need to bring race into this but consciously chose to in order to play to his base and undermined his police force at the same time. Setting the stage for the current climate.

      I know someone will inevitably say “you don’t understand, you’re white” and I concede to the “walk a mile in your shoes comment” but I would counter with you don’t know what it is like to be a cop who just hopes he or she will get home to their family every night when they walk out the door in the morning.

      1. I think you are confusing “police officer” with “lumberjack” or “commercial fisherman.”

        1. Ignorance on display.

          1. Ignorance of actual death rates for various occupations? I agree, p23 is ignorant of those facts when he says that “police have a very dangerous job and put their lives on the line every day.”

      2. Except that being a cop isn’t that dangerous.

      3. I’m a commercial truck driver – more likely to be killed “in the line of duty” than a cop – does this give me carte blanche to abuse or kill anyone who makes me fear for my (real or imagined) safety?

        When I leave for work, I hope I’ll make it home to my family, too. . .

        I have to ask – are you going to put ketchup on those jackboots, or do you prefer the natural leather flavor?

      4. Good speech, but your dad wasn’t quite right. Ya see, the reason you should do whatever the officer tells you is that, if you don’t, he will escalate the level of force used (up to taking your life) until you do and people will applaud him for it. If you successfully defend yourself, people will call you a criminal and call for overwhelming force to be brought down upon you. You can always try to sue in court later, but the police have a monopoly on force.

    3. He’s welcome to tell his son anything he wants. Don’t be so stupid to announce it to the world that “Cops are racist.” He’s too white to get away with that.

  16. Look, you told me when I took this job that petty victimless crimes were my ticket to shooting puppies and choking people to death with impunity!

    /the cops

  17. So executing cops works?

  18. Cops have been worshipped as deities – esp. by politicians – for so long that anything less is an insult.

  19. There was a really excellent editorial in the Washington Post last Friday advocating that the rules of engagement need to change so that cops aren’t authorized to use force to arrest people for petty crimes.

    1. If only we could get more than a few law makers to take up such a task, it might make a difference. But there is pretty much zero prospect of that, the law and order, zero tolerance, we have to save the children, cops are heroes gang are still very much in control.

    2. But then people will actually start arguing with the cops on the street! We can’t have that…

    3. Interesting idea, but last I heard citizens are legally obligated to obey ‘lawful commands’.

      This means that you gotta do more than just comply with the law, you gotta follow cops whims.

      Changing rules of engagement won’t matter as long as citizens are obligated to obey ‘lawful orders’.

      It will start from a lawful order, and escalate for noncompliance.

      the current legal framework is that citizens have to obey MORE than whats written on the books. what you are proposing is for citizens to be legal bound to obey LESS.

    4. So resisting arrest is a petty crime? So what do cops do if the perp resists? Apologize and walk away?

      You people are unbelievable. Where is the “Reason” that this site purports to exhibit?

      1. Resisting arrest is, in many cases, not only a petty crime, but a non-crime and a moral obligation.

        When a cop is trying to arrest you for the non-commission of a crime, resisting that arrest becomes your right and duty.

        There is reason here – you just have to be awake to see it.

      2. The fact that resisting arrest is a crime is part of the problem. It results in the initiation violence against non-violent people. If someone (not a cop) tried to arrest you, you’d be perfectly justified in defending yourself. The same should be true if you are being arrested by the police. They are not kings or lords. They should have the same rights as the rest of us.

        1. The Eric Garner case is a good example of this. The cops should have taken the time to talk him down. Garner was not violent. Even as after they jumped him and started taking him down, his hands were in the upward, fingers outstretched compliance position. There was no need to subdue him. Particularly because they were just responding to a call regarding something as petty and non-violent as selling loosies. In a just society, Garner would have had every right to start fighting once the officer sneaked up from behind and grabbed him in a headlock. You certainly would be if i did that to you on the street.

  20. If there’s a reduction of traffic citations by 94 percent, surely there must be a massive increase in accidents.

    1. And don’t call me Shirley.

    2. That is an idiotic statement.

      That is like saying companies don’t put arsenic in their peanut butter products because of the FDA.

      Avoiding accidents is its own reward, far higher than ‘no ticket’.

    3. Sarcasm alert.

  21. Normally under signs of rebellion such as killing authority figures, the government would move to pacify the population by randomly killing people suspected of any decent. NYPD can’t start a wave of revenge killing without the blessing of the Mayor.

    1. The problem is that they started the random killing before any “authority figures” were killed.

  22. So, you have cops making a conscious choice on what laws to enforce and what not to. Only one person has mentioned that in this topic. There go to excuse for the things they do is they have no choice – yet here they are exercising it.

    And yea, it’s a sad indictment that this is really aimed at the people who make those petty laws. They are trying to hurt the cities coffers and other groups who benefit from those laws.

    I wonder how much revenue NYC loses if the cops keep this up. Someone should do a story on that.

    The NYT article linked above was also a joke. More defending De Blasio’s sorry ass (which the NYT’s has done since the start) than criticizing the cops. It also fawned over the idea of public service and the great technocracy.

    1. I’ve heard officers say that they are instructed in training that they must consciously chose which laws they’ll enforce and which they’ll turn a blind eye. One article i read, the guy said his instructor said, “you’d never make it in to work because you’d spend all day writing citations and arresting people on your way in. There are laws, like the loosie law, they call “chickenshit” laws which are just such a no big deal that it’s not worth risking the aggravation and the potential for violence (or bad press) to enforce it. http://www.breachbangclear.com…..rner-case/

  23. I don’t understand the reasonoid instinct to side with law enforcement over politicians. I thought this was an easy choice.

    ESPECIALLY when the terrain covered is victimless crime enforcement, which financially supports the govt.

    1. *side with politicians over cops

      cops refusing to enforce govt nickel and diming its population is a move towards liberty and away from oppression.

    2. Why pick a side? It’s quite Reason(able) to oppose BOTH.

  24. All the people that comment on the political aspect of this are weird. Is your goal to convince everyone on the Internet of your ideals one person at a time?

    The real question here is where or not my theory holds up in my book “Tipping Point”. I have caught a lot of sh!t from critics who think my compelling arguments are fake. Given Scott’s over the top sarcasm on the nonexistent effects of under citing residents, I’d guess he thinks this won’t lead to something much worse. We shall see.

  25. “hey provide an info box showing, in addition to the huge drop in minor offense summonses, a 94 percent drop in citations for traffic violations, a 92 percent drop in parking violation citations, and a 66 percent drop in overall arrests.”


  26. Maybe de Blasio should suggest that the police slowdown shows that they don’t really need that many police officers, and start planning for an initial 50% reduction.

    That would give the police and unions something to gripe about.

  27. The policy of arresting people ” only if they have to ” is the policy they should have had all along. Maybe this new attitude will help ease the adversarial relationship between citizens and cops. Hopefully the police also consider Marijuana use as “petty ” also.The police are supposed to be FOR the people, not AGAINST them.

  28. The idea behind this action isn’t to inconvenience the citizens, it’s to scare the fuck out of the political class by temporarily reducing the revenue stream from fines stemming petty persecutions.


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  30. So, we could be experiencing the safest period of time in NYC in forever. The gangsters (cops) are leaving the people alone? Can we just keep electing mayors that keep alienating the police, then NYC would actually be a safer place.

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  32. “The NYPD’s failure to arrest and cite people will also end up costing the city huge amounts of money that it won’t be able to seize from its citizens, which is likely the real point.”

    Apparently, the normal taxes aren’t enough, they have to directly shake down the Citizens, at gun-point, for more dough….

    A damning indictment if there ever was one.

  33. Blasio is not a blogger or an activist, he’s a mayor. A politician can be against a war, but if boycotts the Christmas lighting ceremony in an act of protest, he’s going to hear it from the vets.

    He should have waited for the facts, urged calm from the public while suggesting reforms. That didn’t happen. He basically took the side of the protesters, and would have done so in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. He was muted when some protesters were chanting for the death of police officers. And then two officers were murdered.

    SOMEONE reported Eric Garner. Michael Brown, the kids who are playing by themselves, etc. I worked in K-town, and if a car was parked right behind you, there’s no words to describe the rage you feel. Merchants in Swap Meets don’t like unlicensed folks selling stuff inside the building. In reality, most people call the police or the city to settle some disputes and won’t have their dogs shot.

    Sure, NY won’t be plunge into anarchy because the police eased up a bit, but it might make some people’s lives harder. Keep in mind that the real anarchists want to disrupt commerce in response to injustice. Be careful what you wish for.

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  38. “Presumably, next year, after this all dies down, the NYPD may note a big drop of crime in December entirely because they stopped finding reasons to charge people with crimes.”

    Except they’re not REALLY finding reasons to charge people with crimes, are they!

    They just charge people with minor crimes that are already on the books, at the electorate’s representatives’ request, rather than ignoring those crimes to the detriment of the public and the rule of law.

    If you want them to stop doing so that’s your choice.

    The police might see a drop in their statistics, which they could celebrate. But funnily enough, the number of crimes committed won’t necessarily have decreased at all.

    So, enjoy the doorstep urination, parking violations and other minor crimes. I’m sure you’d be fine with them after a while. It’s not like they found their way into law for a reason.

    It’s also ironic that people might celebrate the police celebrating reductions in crime that don’t actually exist, given regular complaints that crime figures are artificially reduced by the police.

    So you’re happy for nobody to be held to account for the frequent minor crimes that make everybody’s lives that little bit more miserable? Good luck with that.

    All I hear is constant complaints that minor crimes are not dealt with effectively enough.

    But now the world would apparently be utopia if the police stopped arresting people for such offences?

    What a joke!

    A cynical and disingenuous joke!

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