The New York City Police Commission Dermot Shea has struck back at the DA’s office even though he claims his decision has nothing to do with a recent announcement from the New York district attorney’s office.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance announced publicly that demonstrators would not be charged for curfew violations that occurred during the violent riots.
“The justice system shouldn’t be the first resort,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance (D) told the Times in a recent interview. “It should be used only when necessary, especially for low-level offenses, which tend to fall on men and women of color and those economically less resourced.”
Officials in the New York Police Department were incensed at the decision which was agreed upon by other district attorneys in the area to include the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.
“It is a dereliction of duty to their oath of office,” Edward Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, told the Times. “More important than undercutting the work of the N.Y.P.D., it is undercutting public safety.”
Since the District Attorney’s office has decided to not charge curfew violators the NYPD has decided that they will no longer provide security at DA offices in certain districts. Shea said that the move was made not to punish the DA’s office but to allocate more officers to help manage the protest happening around the city.
The city is falling apart and all fingers are pointing to Mayor Bill DiBlasio who fouled up the coronavirus response in the city and allowed rioters to loot and burn portions of New York during the George Floyd riots. Even before the George Floyd riots and protests, the New York City department has been struggling due to being hamstrung from the Mayor’s office.
When Shea was questioned about instituting police reforms inside the department he said “maybe not as fast as some people like” but he would make reforms.
When asked about the District Attorney’s decision not to prosecute curfew violators Shea said, “Are we always in lockstep? No,” Shea said Friday. “We’re human beings and from different agencies.”
Honestly, the New York Police department and other law enforcement agencies have had to put up with a lot the past few weeks and I think it’s time for a new pandemic…the “blue flu.” If these liberal cities want to defund and get rid of their police department then maybe these agencies should call off for the weekend and see how those cities fair.