New York police arrests drop 56%, tickets down 92% in a week

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If you break the law while on holidays in New York city right now, chances are you won't get caught or prosecuted.

The New York police row with Mayor de Blasio over his treatment of the force has turned into a 'work slowdown' as arrests plummeted by 56% and tickets for other offences dropped by up to a whopping 92% in the past week.

The New York Daily News says its sources suggest that officers in the city have engaged in a further gesture to show their unhappiness with the Mayor. City Hall and the NYPD have suffered a serious deterioration in relations ever since protests erupted after a Staten Island grand jury refused early last month to indict the white NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner with a choke hold.

The number of arrests citywide dropped by 56% for the week ending last Sunday, from 5,448 during the same time period a year ago to 2,401.

The number of people issued with  summonses for offences such as drinking in public fell  for the same week, from 4,077 to just 347 - a drop of 92%.

It certainly is a good time to drive to the city as the number of parking summonses issued fell  from 16,008 this  time last year to a mere 1,191 last week. Just 749 motorists were hit with moving violations, compared with 9,349 a year ago —also  a 92% drop.

In Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct,  where the two murdered officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were stationed, only two tickets were written for moving violations and not a single parking or criminal court summons was issued. In the 79th Precinct, where the officers met their death at the hands of a police-hating maniac who then turned the gun on himself,  just eight parking tickets and two moving violations were written.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was trying to defuse the extent of the problem with his force when he declared: “I haven’t used the word slowdown. We’re watching that very closely. I will look very specifically, precinct by precinct, tour of duty by tour of duty, sector car by sector car, officer by officer.”

Bratton said he has met with police brass “to put together a comprehensive review of what has been happening over the last month”.

He said a number of issues now are affecting morale, but “the crime numbers are still going down. Officers are still out in the field".

The startling drop in police activity was confirmed  on the same day that the Mayor boasted a 4.6% drop in crime citywide in 2014 — and credited city cops with what the Commissioner  called 'dramatic crime declines'.

The NYPD has had the same number of officers patrolling the streets, but the number of 911 calls is down “fairly dramatically” the past couple of weeks.

Two out of every three New Yorkers polled agreed with the mayor that there should have been an indictment following the Garner killing, but de Blasio became the subject of police unhappiness when he adopted a hands-off approach to the protests, having also sympathised with the victim's family members who are black.

The dramatic escalation in the rift occurred following the slaying  of  the two Brooklyn police men as they sat in their police car by a maniac whose sole aim was to kill members of the police force

The police officers turned their backs on de Blasio in protest when he showed up at Woodhull Hospital where the dead police men were taken — and repeated the protest at their  funerals.

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