What's Behind the NYPD's Plummeting Arrests?

What's Behind the NYPD's Plummeting Arrests?

On Dec. 29, 2014, The New York Post reported that "It's not a slowdown – it's a virtual work stoppage."

What has been happening? According to The Post, the NYPD's traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses dropped off to a staggering 94 percent after the execution of the two cops. The Post learned that NYPD officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety.

In response to the cop executions, angry union leaders felt the need for drastic measures. After the Dec. 20 assassination of two NYPD cops in a patrol car, they told members to have two units respond to every call.

Following the assassinations, there was a nosedive in low-level policing, with the NYPD's overall arrests down by a whopping 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 as compared to 2013.

Statistics show that:

  • Citations for traffic violations fell 94 percent.
  • Summonses for low-level offenses such as public intoxication fell by 94 percent.
  • Parking violations dropped by 92 percent.
  • Drug arrests dropped by 84 percent.

Since the execution-style shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, cops were essentially turning a blind eye to low-level crimes and only initiating arrests absolutely necessary.

According to police sources, one of the main reasons for the drop-off in police activity was safety concerns, however, some cops had engaged in an undeclared slowdown in protest of de Blasio's response to the non-indictment in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

"This is not a slowdown for slowdown's sake. Cops are concerned, after the reaction from City Hall on the Garner case, about de Blasio not backing them."

NYC DWI, Criminal & Traffic Ticket Defense

In light of the recent virtual NYPD work stoppage, are you one of the few who did receive a traffic ticket, or were you arrested for DWI or another traffic-related offense? While arrests and citations have been down in recent weeks, they have not stopped entirely.

When you need a hard-hitting traffic ticket defense in New York, call on Gannes & Musico, LLP. We handle everything from DWI arrests to moving violations. We know the local court system inside and out and we stand ready to challenge your traffic ticket in court.

Contact us at (877) 803-2603 if you need representation in a traffic ticket case in NYC.

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