People are beginning to notice the effects of the NYPD drop in arrests for petty crimes and traffic tickets, in what police feel is a way to show their frustration with Mayor de Blasio. Courtrooms are quieter and bail bondsmen are finding themselves with a lot more free time:
Only 347 criminal summonses were written in the seven days through Sunday, down from 4,077 in the same period a year ago. … The drop in arrests is particularly striking for low-level misdemeanors and so-called quality of life violations, like riding a bike on the sidewalk. Arrests for offenses that a few weeks ago were common — loitering, turnstile jumping, lying down on subway benches — are suddenly rare.
And yet crime has not dramatically risen:
“This proves to us is what we all knew as defenders: You can end broken-windows policing without ending public safety,” said Justine M. Luongo, the deputy attorney-in-charge of criminal practice for the Legal Aid Society.
Maybe the NYPD will learn it doesn’t need such aggressive policing of the poor and black and brown people. Then again, how how will the city survive without all that extra revenue they get from needless tickets and court fees?
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