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New York City, once called the safest big city in America, is no more and “long gone,” according to former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who spoke about the scourge of crime in the Big Apple with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” on Monday.
Following the recent shooting of two NYC police officers in a Harlem incident, Kelly said the downward spiral “actually started” with now-former Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“He defunded the police; he took lots of powers away from the police,” he said. “The city council has put in unrealistic restrictions on the police, and they’ve backed off. They’re not engaged in the proactive strategies that have made New York safe.”
Kelly explained that wave upon wave of police resignations following the death of George Floyd has left New York City in “big trouble,” and he claimed the city has lost about 5,500 police officers in the last year and a half.
“There’s a real manpower issue,” he said. “Are they going to turn it around? We’ll have to see. Mayor Adams has said the right things, said he’s going to come forward with a plan… We’ll have to look at the details.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Adams are beseeching the federal government for assistance in curtailing the influx of illegal guns in the city; always ready to ignore the fact that humans – not objects – commit violence, and criminals generally don’t obey the laws that are already in place. Kelly considers the notion that guns kill people without any help to be the “standard fallback” from New York City officials.
“They, understandably, are not engaging in the way [police] engaged before,” he said. “You look at the demonization that goes on against the police. This shooter of these two police officers – he’s motivated purely by hate.”
Kelly also pointed to Big Tech as an enabler of this sort of violence, noting that the Harlem shooter posted to Facebook violent, anti-police posts which never raised a single eyebrow from Facebook staff, nor did they alert any law enforcement agencies.
“Big Tech allows these things to go forward and pays attention to things that are not nearly as dangerous,” he said.
Although Mayor Adams may be “saying the right things” when it comes to crime in the city, Kelly argued that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s soft-on-crime policy is only furthering the descent into chaos and lawlessness, particularly the DA’s new position on how police can interact (or ignore, as the case appears to be) with criminals in the NYC subway system.
“He just can’t rewrite the law,” he said. “For instance, just riding the subway in Manhattan, at least, is free. He’s declared that. Cops won’t be able to charge resisting arrest, even though people are resisting arrest. Trespassing is also no longer a violation…”
“I don’t know where this is going, but it’s not good,” Kelly warned.
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