New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a sweeping package of police accountability measures, which include allowing the public to access officers’ past disciplinary records and criminalizing the use of chokeholds.
— NPR (@NPR) June 12, 2020
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 12, 2020
“We will be permanently frozen, stripped of all resources and unable to do the job. We don’t want to see our communities suffer, but this is what Governor Cuomo and our elected leaders have chosen.”
Lynch pointed out that police officers are left to pick up the pieces in areas in which New York state has failed its citizens.
“Governor Cuomo and our legislative leaders have no business celebrating today. New York state had been failing our communities for decades: failing to provide economic opportunity, failing to educate our youth, failing to care for the vulnerable and the mentally ill.
“Police officers spend our days addressing issues caused by these failures.”
Even Cuomo himself admitted to the shortcomings, noting a difference of $23,000 per student between a wealthy school district and a poorer one.
The bills passed in New York include a ban on chokeholds, facilitation of suits against frivoloud calls to police officer, and the formation of a special investigative body to examine deaths related to police encounters.
In addition, Section 50-a has been eliminated, rendering public all complaints and disciplinary actions against officers. Police unions are concerned that this action will encourage “frivolous complaints.”
Although revealing personal information of officers and families is still not permitted after elimination of Section 50-a, the targeting of police officers, and the potential for hostile acts against them, remain of concern.
Today New York enacted landmark reform that will raise the bar on policing and make our state more just.
The countless voices speaking out and demanding justice were heard. This is just the beginning. pic.twitter.com/hL36ZcaMPQ
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 12, 2020
Calls to abolish the police weren’t enough. Bill de Blasio wants to abolish ICE. pic.twitter.com/3ENZjFHTcP
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 12, 2020
On Tuesday, the heads of several police unions in New York blasted the media, politicians and others for their portrayal of police officers in the aftermath of the George Floyd homicide involving a Minneapolis police officer.
They complained that the police were being “treated like animals.”
Actually, one could argue that animals are treated better than police are these days.
Mike O’Meara, president of the New York Association of Police Benevolent Associations told a gathered news conference, while gesturing to a group of police officers gathered behind him:
“I’m not Derek Chauvin; they are not him,” he said. “He killed someone. We didn’t! We are restrained. We roundly reject what he did as disgusting. It’s not what we do ”
National Review said O’Meara lit into various constituencies in defending police across the country from unprecedented criticism in light of the actions of one rogue officer in Minnesota.
“The legislators, the press, everybody’s trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our profession,” he said.
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs and start treating us with some respect…We’ve been left out of the conversation, we’ve been vilified—it’s disgusting…trying to make us embarrassed of our profession.”
Holding up his badge, O’Meara continued:
“You know what? This [police badge] isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis. It’s still got a shine on it, and so do theirs,” pointing to fellow officers.
“Our legislators abandoned us. The press is vilifying us,” O’Meara continued.
“Nobody talks about all the police officers that were killed in the last week in the United States of America and there were a number of them.”
O’Meara also cited the fact that there are over 375 million interactions between police and the public each year, a majority of which are “overwhelmingly positive,” Newsweek reported.
“But what we read in the papers all week is that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop,” O’Meara said.
“What world are we living in? That doesn’t happen. It does not happen.”
Holy smokes! NYPD union president Pat Lynch does Not hold back!
He BLASTS the politicians in an epic show of force & indignation! 👏👏🇺🇸https://t.co/FHz6GEXHws
— Olenna 🇺🇸 ♥️💫 Alas, Babylon (@Olenna_QOT) June 10, 2020
On Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose daughter was arrested during the riots in New York, said that the city would divert some money away from the NYPD to other programs.
During the height of the riots in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the NYPD, saying, “The police in New York City were not effective at doing their job…Period.”
Cuomo’s remarks drew sharp criticism from NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan on Monday.
“I’m watching my men and women out there dealing with stuff that no cop should ever have to deal with; bricks, bottles, rocks, hit in the face with bottles, and continuing to go forward to make an arrest,” Monahan said.
“For a governor to be sitting in his office saying that we’re not doing a good job—I’m outraged.”
The cuts proposed by DeBlasio come at a time when violent crime has surged in the city, despite the fact it’s still in what is supposed to be a lockdown over the coronavirus.
According to Breitbart, murder has jumped over 94 percent over the last month compared to the same time period last year.
Burglaries, which are subject to the New York legislature’s “get out of jail free” bill, has increased nearly 34 percent year over year for the same time period. Finally, auto theft, with suspects also benefiting from the “bail reform bill” has become the fastest growing crime in the Big Apple.
De Blasio of course is pandering to the Black Lives Matter criminal enterprise, which is lobbying city officials across the country to defund police. De Blasio has vowed to look at cutting the NYPD funding during the city’s budget process in the coming weeks.
As politicians, Hollywood elites, overpaid athletes, and the criminal element throw every police officer in the country under the bus, crime in their cities is going through the roof. Keep on defunding the police…there’s a movie called “Escape From New York” that may be more of a reality than was ever anticipated.
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