de Blasio Effect: NYC Cops Made 66% Fewer Arrests Last Week

This is not some job action or salary demand. The New York Post is reporting that overall NYPD arrests and traffic tickets are way down during Christmas week 2014 compared with the same time period in 2013. The reason? It’s because police “officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety.”

The call last week from the PBA is what started it, but this has been simmering for a long time,” one source said. “This is not a slowdown for slowdown’s sake. Cops are concerned, after the reaction from City Hall on the [Eric] Garner case, about [Mayor Bill] de Blasio not backing them.” The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has warned its members to put their safety first and not make arrests “unless absolutely necessary.”

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