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It’s Occupy Wall Street 2.0 as hundreds of protesters have camped out in front of nearby New York City Hall for five consecutive days so far as they demand massive cuts in the police budget which would result in a huge impact on public safety. Occupy City Hall is occurring, however, as the Big Apple is already experiencing its worst outbreak of gun violence in nearly 25 years.
Woke protesters, who claim they aren’t going anywhere until their stipulations are met, want Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio and the far-left city council to downsize police funding by at least $1 billion.
To some degree, they will probably get what they want.
The compliant progressive mayor has already said that he plans to make substantial changes to the $6 billion NYPD budget that includes diverting money to youth services and other community programs. Tuesday is the day when lawmakers (if that’s even an appropriate term anymore) are apparently set to put the finishing touches on the budget.
City officials indicated that the protesters, who apparently are in for the long haul, can stay indefinitely as long as they don’t put up any “structures.”
“The protesters are part of a national ‘defund the police’ movement seeking more spending on other needs like housing and education and say they won’t move until they see a budget cut… Police officials warned the budget cut would come at a time when the city has seen a surge in shootings during the first three weeks in June.,” the Daily Mail reported. “While the main call is to defund the police, other demands include taking cops out of schools, providing affordable and safe housing, and freeing people from prison and jails.”
While there is very likely bureaucratic waste in the police budget, history has established, in general, the pervasive misuse of taxpayer funds spent on ineffective social programs.
Moreover, as many have observed, citizens can vehemently oppose police brutality and support police reform but simultaneously support law enforcement at the same time. The alternative to policing is essentially anarchy.
Against this backdrop, 272 fed-up NYPD cops have submitted their retirement papers, a 49 percent year-over-year increase. A similar phenomenon has occurred in the Minneapolis PD following the George Floyd protests and civil unrest as morale hits rock bottom.
In most jurisdictions, cops can cash out with their maximum lifetime pension after 20 or 25 years of service.
According to an NYPD union official about his fellow officers, “People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position. There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies. Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”
A longtime NYPD precinct commander has turned in his badge over the lack of direction from de Blasio and the police brass about how to handle guns and drugs in the high-crime neighborhood in the aftermath of the recent disbanding of the police anti-crime unit.
Mayor de Blasio. who is already at loggerheads with police over his soft-on-crime policies, seems more concerned with removing a Teddy Roosevelt statue and other symbolic gestures than protecting public safety.
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