In the aftermath of the police reform and defunding initiatives that were championed by the far left over the past year, the old maxim of “be careful what you wish for” is proving sadly prescient in many of America’s largest cities.
As Fox News reports, New York City witnessed a particularly shocking wave of gun crime this past weekend, with 31 victims wounded and six dead in shootings that occurred between the period spanning Friday through Sunday, further evidence of the policing crisis gripping the country’s urban centers.
The spate of violence was especially notable in that it represented a dramatic difference from the same time frame last year. April 23-25 of 2020 notched just four shootings, with five individuals sustaining injuries, making this year’s tally a 257% increase, as the New York City Police Benevolent Association pointed out in a tweet on Monday.
As ABC 7 in New York reported on Monday, the Transport Workers Union, which represents those employed in the NYC subway system called for additional police officers to be assigned underground in response to an alarming rise in crime. As union President Tony Utano put it, “We don’t come to work to go home with blood on our uniforms,” adding, “My members are getting assaulted every day. Every day. Every day they’re getting spit on, they’re getting punched.”
In particularly jarring example of what law enforcement officers in New York are facing on a daily basis, an NYPD detective was assaulted with a plastic stick on a street in Queens Monday while investigating a case, as the New York Daily News noted. Though no serious injuries resulted, the New York City Police Department Detectives’ Endowment Association explained that the episode is indicative of the challenges its members face daily, saying in response:
Welcome to NYC! Even as our Detectives investigate crimes, they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city.
Unfortunately, the anti-police rhetoric and willingness on the part of city leaders to cave to leftist demands to pull resources from the force have resulted in a massive wave of law enforcement retirements and staff shortages. This year alone, there has been a 75% increase in the number of officers voluntarily retiring or resigning from their positions since 2020, according to the New York Post.
Criminal justice professor Joseph Giacalone explained to the Post that “cops are forming a conga line down at the pension section and I don’t blame them,” adding that anti-cop attitudes among local and national leaders as well as the March decision by the City Council to eliminate qualified immunity protections for officers have turned “the job [into]…a minefield.”
Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch believes that the ultimate goal of officials such as New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio is to abolish policing altogether, even if indirectly, saying, “They’ve kept our pay absurdly low. They’ve ratcheted up our exposure to lawsuits. They’ve demonized us at every opportunity. And they’ve taken away the tools we need to do the job we all signed up for,” as the Post further noted.
If Lynch is correct, and “police abolition-through-attrition” is the ultimate goal of the liberals in control of government not just in New York, but also in major cities nationwide, the recent uptick in violent crime is, regrettably, likely just the beginning of the devastation.