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An activist taking part in New York City’s “Defund the Police” effort has been caught attempting to cut a brake line to an NYPD van, an act that could have caused the vehicle to crash, injuring or killing occupants.
Local media reports that Jeremy A. Trapp, 24, was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and additional charges after police said they caught him in the act Friday afternoon in the Sunset Park neighborhood.
NYPD officers were watching and videoing the van after spotting someone underneath it. Officers took Trapp into custody after he emerged and attempted to run away, WNBC-TV reported.
Screenshots of video that were released to the local station appear to show Trapp as he crawls out from under the van, which was parked outside 4th Ave. and 42nd street, which is where the NYPD processes applicants.
Police said a subsequent examination of the van by a mechanic for the department found that the brake lines had indeed been severed, rendering them non-functional. NYPD officials told WNBC that Trapp is well-known to officers and that he has often been spotted coming and going from an ongoing “Occupy City Hall” protest in Manhattan.
There, demonstrators have been camped out near City Hall for weeks in which they call, in part, for the NYPD to be defunded, even after Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to cut $1 billion from the department earlier this summer, in a nod to Black Lives Matter demands following weeks of protests after the George Floyd incident.
“We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services,” de Blasio announced in early June.
“The details will be worked out in the budget process in the weeks ahead. But I want people to understand that we are committed to shifting resources to ensure that the focus is on our young people,” he added.
“This is a beginning. I want it to be abundantly clear to all New Yorkers. These are first steps to what will be 18 months of making intense change in this city. The work of this task force is crucial,” de Blasio continued. “This is a transformative moment.”
That kind of posturing and acquiescence to the more radical elements of BLM and other ‘defund police’ activists has led to a substantial increase in crime in recent weeks, critics say.
It has also led to an increase in assaults and attacks against police, they add.
In February, well before the Floyd incident, which occurred in May, former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told Fox News he’s “never seen anything like” the aggression being shown against New York police following back-to-back officer assassination attempts.
“I have vivid memories of my time with the police department in New York City from 1995 to 1999 and I have never seen anything like this,” he added.
“There has always been street crime, there has always been violence against police,” he said, stating that he believes “political leaders” are responsible for the uptick in violence against officers.
(Source: Fox News)
“Why is it happening in these places where you see political leaders using cops as a political football and beating up on them all the time? Is this not a serious question worth entertaining?” he asked.
“There’s a thin line between chaos and civilization — everybody knows that. Who mans that line? Our cops. And you want to make them a political punching bag? It’s time to open our eyes. It’s a serious, serious problem.”
Since the Floyd incident, things have only gotten worse in New York City for officers.
“NYPD is losing the city of New York and we have no leadership in the city of New York right now, from City Hall to the brass of the NYPD,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told Fox News early last month.
“The men and women are being pelted with rocks, bricks, cars [are] lit on fire. And this is continuous,” he said.
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