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Please Punish Us Some More

Most police temper tantrums result in one of us mundanes being murdered or maimed, but the latest hissy fit by NYPD has, much to their embarrassment, been a very good thing for citizens.

NYPD cops are now ignoring most of the trivial “offenses” committed by citizens. The numbers have been widely reported. Compared to the same week last year, citations for traffic violations are down from 10,069 to 587, a 94% decrease. Summonses for offences like public intoxication and urination went from 4,831 to 300, another 94% decrease. This week last year cops wrote 14,699 parking tickets; this week, 1,241. And drug arrests dropped 84%, from 382 to 63. Total arrests are down 66%.

That’s more than 27,000 fewer tickets and citations levied on citizens. In one week. 27k citizens were able to go about their business, peacefully doing whatever, without having their day ruined, their wallets raided, or their rights infringed.

Please, please, punish us some more.

The NY POST loves loves LOVES the police. A cop could rape a baby in Times Square, then eat the corpse raw, and The Post would find something praiseworthy in the story. One of their early headlines: “Crime Wave Engulfs New York Following Execution of Cops.” But despite this “crime wave” everything is functioning normally in NYC. There has been no rise in actual crimes, i.e crimes with victims.

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Most observers in Ferguson said the protests were peaceful until the cops started attacking the crowds with tear gas and threats. Nashville cops took a very different approach. They treated the protesters calmly and respectfully, even serving them snacks. When a citizen wrote to the police chief, Steve Anderson, and criticized his peaceful handling of the situation, he responded with a long, thoughtful letter that explained his vision of a cop’s job. He wants his cops to be Peace Officers, instead of Law Enforcers. His letter went viral, and was highly praised by everyone who chews with their mouth closed.

In the year 2013, our officers made over four hundred thousand vehicle stops, mostly for traffic violations. A citation was issued in only about one in six of those stops. Five of the six received warnings.

That is some fine police work. In most cases a warning for a traffic violation is going to be just as effective in changing behavior as a ticket. It’s not necessary to suck a chunk of money out of someone’s budget for them to get the point. We could use a more cops like him.

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 This is a teaching moment for NYC Cops. Although their snit was inspired by childishness, rather than any desire to improve the lives of the communities they infest, there is a slight possibility they could wake up and realize they’re the ones creating most of the problems they’re “solving.” If they take just a moment to listen to our response to their slowdown, they could finally start to understand what citizens want from the police. It’s not complicated, or unreasonable.

We are tired of being treated like criminals and revenue spigots for the sole purposes of fattening the public coffers and making cops feel manly. We are tired of seeing lives ruined, or ended, by aggressive, unaccountable police.

We want cops to at least try to protect us from Actual Bad Guys who hurt and defraud people. We want to see the murders and rapists and thieves locked away from us. And we want to see cops who commit monstrous crimes punished as thoroughly as citizens who commit minor ones. Start doing that, officers, and you’ll start actually deserving the respect you demand.

Will they take it to heart? Probably not. They haven’t stopped harassing us because they know the policies are wrong; they’re pouting. When their tantrum subsides, as all tantrums do, it’s more likely they’ll gleefully return to ruining people’s days, and sometimes lives, over trivia. Hell, they may even ramp it up to make up for lost time.

But it’s a teaching moment for us, too. We’re all learning just how unnecessary these intrusions into our lives are. We’re seeing how life improves dramatically when cops back off. We’re seeing exactly what happens with fewer cops bothering us over stupid crap – everything gets better.

It’s a start.

Update: The NYPD continued their slowdown for a second week. The New York Times has responded by reaffirming their love of Big Brother. They are furious at the cops for refusing to harass New Yorkers for trivial offenses. The title of the editorial is “No Justice, No Police.” Shaking down citizens is, in their opinion, justice.

They could have pointed out that another 24k NYC citizens went about their lives peacefully, without being harassed for trivia. They could have concluded that this proves the primary purpose of the NYPD is revenue generation, not protection. They could have talked about the fact that no one was strangled by cops for some minor crime.

Instead, they said labeled it as “a reckless, coordinated escalation of a war between the police unions and Mr. de Blasio and a hijacking of law-enforcement policy by those who do not set law-enforcement policy.” They call it a “deplorable gesture.” The refer to it as a “madness [that] has to stop.”

I looked for the by-line, expecting to see it was written by some well-known boot-licker, but it lists the authors as “The Editorial Board.” The entire board is appalled at the increased freedom NYC citizens are now enjoying.

I hope everyone on the board gets a traffic ticket on the way home.

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2 Comment(s)

  1. Sir,
    My name is Jason Kim Im a high school student who lives in New York City.
    I recenetly found about the third hand smoke and its potential danger. I got really concerend and worrried because My brother who is 20 now, has been smoking since when he was 15. He never smoked inside of the house but about 2 years ago I started realizing he smokes insied of the hosue sticking his head out to outside through opened windows. He then goes out during day and smokes again. In total He smokes about 2-3 cigaretes in home and 5-6 outside of home. Third Hand smokes says its residues clings to smokers hair, skin and, clothes or any substance’s surface when smoking occured. Then those residues react with nitrous acid to form hazardous toxic carcinogen. I was really worried because even though he sticks head and hands out to the outside when smokes inside of the house i’m pretty sure that some smoke wil come and “leave residue into home” and his clothes, skin, and hair will have residue too.
    Then I read your post and some other people saying this is all hoax to scare people. I can tell you are aredently not believing in this THS thing. However your post in 5 years old and new research came out, I want to know if you stil think that THS is not dangerous. Also I want to know how much do you believe about THS reports. For example do you at least believe that nicotine and other chemicals stays on the surface or do you believe that it is all fake. Is my family (my dad and mom doesnt smoke at all)in danger of having cancer?

    These are the latest news or research on THS
    http://cancer.dartmouth.edu/focus/children_third_hand_smoke.html
    http://hometestingblog.testcountry.com/?p=27995
    https://student.societyforscience.org/article/thirdhand-smoke-poses-lingering-danger
    Please answer me as soon as possible because I’m really worried to an extent I couldn’t fall a sleep.
    Sincerely,
    Jason
    I tried to send you email bue it didnt work..

    Jason Kim | Jan 9, 2015 | Reply

  2. Wrong article for this comment, Jason, but I’ll leave it here to make it easier for you to find.

    The amount of “toxins” left behind by SHS are so small they can’t even be measured without very expensive, sophisticated equipment. You’ll consume more nicotine in a single tomato sandwich than you’d get licking every surface in the apartment of a heavy smoker.

    More studies can’t change that basic math.

    The anxiety you’re feeling is exactly what the nicotine nannies want you to feel. They want you to despise and fear smokers. The only way they can do that is with blatant lies, backed by studies they’ve funded, studies that have nothing to do with the way things work in the real world.

    Don’t fall for it.

    Dave Hitt | Jan 11, 2015 | Reply

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