New York City hasn’t gotten rid of their police yet, though they did vote to cut the NYPD’s budget by a billion dollars, which will mean lots and lots of officers gone. Officers are leaving and retiring at a much higher rate than usual. And citizens are seeing a much higher rate of crime already, as you know
Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit which was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city.
About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American voices calling for action on gun violence, criticized the police force’s decision to completely disband the unit. He deplored the recent deadly shooting of a one-year-old, one of the victims of New York City’s recent spike in gun violence.
“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said, CBS New York reported. “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”
Surprise? Especially in a Democratic Party run city? With people who vote mostly Democrat? And are now voting for serious hardcore Progressives like AOC who want to completely defund the police?
Tony Herbert, an activist in New York’s black community, agreed and lamented the rise in violence, criticizing New York officials for their failure to address the situation.
“The guns keep going off and now we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature,” Herbert said.
Perhaps Tony and Eric should have a conversation with Black Lives Matter, which is calling to defund the police. Oh, and maybe they should discuss that the NYC chapter wants to be autonomous and separate in a Communist manner
The best way for us to move our Black liberation work forward is to be autonomous from the global network. We will take time to build a collective that can realize our power, be accountable to our community, and transformative in our politics. We see this as a continuation of the radical Black liberation and Black power struggle that has spanned centuries around the world. We believe in the right to self-govern and our need to become ungovernable to institutions that do not serve our interest of freedom, autonomy and liberation. We view the struggle for Black liberation as a human rights struggle. Black liberation is necessary and imperative for global liberation and the liberation of all people.
That sounds rather Black Separatist/Nationalist, eh? Regardless
The city’s murder rate for the month ending June 7 has more than doubled from the same period last year, and shooting victims have increased by 45 percent. Meanwhile, arrests for illegal gun possession have dropped dramatically, with only 29 people arrested during the week that ended July 5, down from 70 during the same week last year, according to NYPD data.
I thought citizen conflict resolution counselors were going to take over the job of policing? All those social workers? No? But, since the city council pulled $1 billion from the police budget, where do they get the money? Further, who cares if the community doesn’t trust the cops? The police aren’t there to make friends, they are there to reduce crime.
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