As crime and murders skyrocket in NYC, mayor has 27 officers a day guarding Black Lives Matter “mural” (op-ed)

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NEW YORK, NY – You’ve really got to hand it to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. As violent crime goes out of control in the Big Apple, de Blasio, or as radio talk show host Mark Levin calls him, “de Commie-o,” at least has his “priorities” straight.

He has directed that 27 police officers daily be assigned to protect the Black Lives Matter “mural” outside of Trump Tower.

Mural or graffiti? We’ll let you decide. 

If there was a competition for the worst mayor in the United States, it would be a tough competition. You have Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who ordered Chicagoans to stay at home during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, then was seen out getting her hair cut.

We then have Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who told residents of his city that they could be in the “wet sand” at beaches but not the “dry sand” or they would be arrested.

We won’t even get into the mayors of Seattle and Portland, Jenny Durkan and Ted Wheeler, because they closely tied for second place, right behind the winner. Because when it comes to the top of the incompetence pyramid, there is no other than de Blasio.

It is an interesting dichotomy actually. De Blasio seems more interested in protecting the so-called “brand” of Black Lives Matter than actual black lives themselves. Otherwise, the 27 officers dedicated daily to protecting a bit of street paint would be directed toward actually protecting black lives, many of which have been lost with the latest spike in murders. 

Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik tweeted:

“Just heard that @NYCMayor has 1 & 8 securing the #BlackLivesMatter mural at Trump Tower. That’s one sergeant and eight cops, x 3 tours a day! Violence, shootings, and murder is up in NYC and this clown has three sergeants and 24 cops guarding a mural! If true, #SICKENING.”

Kerik had backup in his tweet, which was confirmed by Derrick Gibson, who is running for governor of New York. Gibson was told by police officers on the scene that “they are getting paid to babysit paint, and not happy about it.”

The “mural,” which de Blasio gloated about as he helped to paint it on the roadway in front of Trump Tower, was put in that location as a virtual middle finger to the president, who had criticized the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, for having a similar painting placed in a road near the White House. You have to credit Democratic mayors…they are a mature bunch.

De Blasio and his wife (where is that $1 billion?) helped paint the mural, along with race hustler and amateur television talk show host on MSNBC Al Sharpton on July 9.

Several days later, the mural was “vandalized” with red paint, causing de Blasio to say:

“The Black Lives Matter movement is more than words, and it can’t be undone.”

Crime was already on the increase even before the recent riots took place, after New York implemented a new bail reform law on January 1. That law saw all criminals except those charged with serious felonies released without bail, only to offend again. Crime had already increased by 22 percent prior to the Floyd riots.

Serious crime has been on the increase in New York, as well as most major cities across the country as criminals have become emboldened by feckless mayors refusing to have their police take action against rioters, as well as efforts to defund the police.

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Add to that other efforts by gutless politicians and overzealous district attorneys, which have led police to pull back to avoid being either being assaulted or criminally charged for doing their jobs, such as what happened in Atlanta.

In New York, it was reported that there had been 38 murders over the past 28 days through July 14, twice as many as the year before.

This past Monday, 18 people were shot in 14 separate incidents. On Wednesday, six NYPD officers were injured during a fracas on the Brooklyn Bridge, including Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

Last month, in response to pressure from politicians, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the 600-officer plainclothes anti-crime unit. Since that happened, crime  has skyrocketed in New York. Shea caved to political pressure, saying the plainclothes units were “outdated” and seemed to “pit officers against the communities they served.”

Shea said:

“This is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city. It will be felt immediately in the communities we protect.”

Prophetic words there commissioner. Crime is out of control and New York City police officers are being beaten senseless.

On top of disbanding the anti-crime unit, de Blasio has cut next year’s police budget by $1 billion.

This led Houston lawyer Howard Steele to comment on Twitter:

“He is spending his reduced police budget on guarding his arts and crafts project instead of New York lives.”

The irony of devoting so much in police resources to guarding a painting for a movement that has called for the murder of police wasn’t lost on some people.

“Cops protecting a mural for a movement that hates cops. Wow the irony. And BLM wants to defund and abolish police, but it’s ok for police to protect THEIR mural? This world has gone mad,” said @Prospect_217.

“Priorities. Shootings all over the city but we need to protect the graffiti he did on an iconic street in NYC,” said @LouisAdimando. 

It’s good to know that de Blasio has his priorities in order.

 

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