‘That’s not the whole reality’: De Blasio is full of excuses for why he won’t fund police

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Despite an onslaught of violent crime in the Big Apple, including the recent sexual assault of a woman in broad daylight, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to budge from his stance to “defund the police.”

Last year the mayor cut the New York Police Department’s budget by $1 billion. What followed was a crime wave that hasn’t dissipated.

This, in turn, led to a stunning Democrat mayoral primary last month in which two decidedly pro-police candidates made it to the top, with one of them being poised to come out triumphant once all mail-in ballots are counted.

Meanwhile, the most notorious anti-police candidate, Maya Wiley, got knocked out and is now reportedly seeking to challenge the election results.

But even with NYC residents having made their feelings on the police very clear, the mayor refuses to budge.

To President Joe Biden’s credit, last month he announced that he was making $350 billion in federal stimulus money available to cities dealing with crime issues so that they could hire more police officers.

But for some reason, de Blasio has refused to take advantage of this offer. Questioned during a press conference Thursday about why not, he responded by lying.

“My understanding of the facts of what the president did was he specialized that to certain cities that were dealing with challenges greater than ours,” he claimed.

Fact-check: FALSE.

In a statement to the New York Post, a White House “source” confirmed that Biden’s offer was not contingent on cities hitting a certain crime threshold.

“Cities like New York that are experiencing a spike in gun violence as a result of the pandemic are eligible to use [the] money to hire additional police officers above a pre-pandemic baseline level to help address that,” the source said.

After lying, the mayor then essentially downplayed the city’s crime problem by suggesting that investing in “fighting COVID” and “bringing back jobs” is more important than investing in stopping people from being raped and/or murdered.

Listen:

“What we did here was strike a balance. We had a lot of different needs to make sure we could bring the city back. We had to think about bringing back jobs. We have to think about bringing back schools,” he said.

“Obviously, the constant focus on fighting COVID once and for all, getting rid of it from our city. And of course, public safety, a lot of investments in community-based solutions, and keeping the NYPD at a strong level. So, I think we really struck that balance here in this budget,” he added.

When the mayor was once again called out during an interview a day later on local radio station WNYC, he again spouted the same deceitful talking points.

“That’s not the whole reality. The money that the president focused was for certain cities that were dealing with much more profound gun violence problems than New York is,” he said in direct contradiction of the facts.

“We have a problem. I’m not trying to minimize that. We have a lot of work to do to turn it around, but a number of other American cities are unfortunately going through much, much worse, and that’s where that money was targeted.”

It’s not clear how the many, many, many victims of the NYC crime wave would feel about him refusing to hire more cops and downplaying their tribulations, particularly the tribulations of the increasing number of women who’ve been sexually assaulted in broad daylight.

Most recently, a criminal suspect ran up to a woman from behind, tackled her to the grand and then “reached into her shorts and forcibly touched her,” according to the New York City Police Department.

At first, the victim just lay there, either stunned or possibly knocked out. After about 12 to 13 seconds, she started fighting back, prompting the suspect to flee.

The attack happened at around 8:10 pm this past Monday in Brooklyn, about 20 minutes before sunset.

Weeks earlier, another suspect ran up to a woman from behind, grabbed her throat with both hands, pushed her against a storefront grate, and tried to rape her, according to local station WABC.

The victim managed to break free, at which point the suspect fled.

The attack happened at around 7:00 am in Midtown Manhattan, nearly two hours after sunrise.

Responding to the sexual assault in Brooklyn this week, two local residents told the media that they wished there were more police officers patrolling their neighborhoods. Apparently, de Blasio never got the memo.

He also apparently didn’t get the memo that shootings were up 42.7 percent through June 27th of this year compared to the same time period last year, according to the Post, and that total shootings have more than doubled since 2019.

Last month, a criminal suspect opened fire on a 24-year-old man in broad daylight and in front of two children who’d simply been walking by the victim.

Surveillance footage from the horrific ordeal showed the older of the two children, Mia, 13, desperately trying to shield her 5-year-old brother, Christian, from the gunfire as the perpetrator recklessly began spraying his weapon in the victim’s direction.

Thankfully, everybody survived that shooting.

However, more often than not, the victims don’t make it out alive …

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Vivek Saxena

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