Trump warns NYC’s de Blasio: Clean up the city or ‘we will’
A wave of shootings in New York City over the weekend had President Trump threatening New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to clean up the violence in Gotham or count on Trump and federal authorities to intervene in the city’s policing.
“Law and Order,” said President Trump in a tweet. “If @NYCMayor can’t do it, we will.”
The tweet referenced 49 people shot in New York City in 72 hours.
Among the victims was a 28-year-old police officer, who was shot in the head and killed after someone stole his service weapon while he was off-duty.
“In one of the incidents to unfold over the weekend,” says Newsweek, “an off-duty corrections officer was reportedly killed with his own service weapon in Queens. According to the NYPD, the corrections officer, a 28-year-old man, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso.”
Newsweek says that this year, shootings are up 73 percent in the city amid a push by de Blasio and his political pals to defund the police in homage to Black Lives Matter.
Among the most controversial cuts is the disbanding of the city’s plainclothes unit that prevents gun violence. BLM protesters claim that the unit harasses Black people.
“Shooting incidents in the city have been up nearly triple for the last four weeks,” says the U.K.’s Daily Mail “compared to the same period of time last year. The statistics follow a pattern seen since June when shootings surged by 130 percent, as the coronavirus lockdown began to ease.”
Police, says the Daily Mail, are anxious to blame de Blasio because of a $1 billion budget cut to the police force and the policy of releasing prisoners from jail over fears of a COVID outbreak in prisons.
As a result, people are beginning to flee the city.
“Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side,” the New York Post reported last week, “including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies and registered sex offenders, longtime dwellers are departing the Big Apple with no plans to ever return.”
“I have definitely seen more crime, drugs and harassment in one week than in my whole experience growing up here,” said one anonymous mom interviewed by the Post.
Police unions have formed a cooperative, New York Law Enforcement Labor Coalition, to push back on progressive policies that have violence spinning out of control and the anti-police sentiments from lefties that caused the trouble.
“No resident of NYC should be forced to leave their home due to increased violence,” the group said yesterday.
President Trump agrees.
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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