As Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill steps down and Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea prepares to take his place, the NYPD is in the throes of an all-out assault from an element of the city that has decided many types of law enforcement are inherently racist, and that cops themselves are fundamentally unworthy of respect.
This is a pernicious anti-law-and-order attitude that risks public safety in New York, now far, far safer than it was 20 and 30 and 40 years ago.
It is especially scary that some of New York’s own so-called leaders are encouraging the revolt.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacted to a mass jumping of turnstiles on Friday night in Brooklyn by supportively tweeting that “Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.”
The turnstile thugs carried signs reading “Make transit free/Take what you need/F--k the police” and “NYPD KKK”; they shouted obscenities at officers stationed in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station and scrawled graffiti, including of a dead pig, on station walls.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor at City Journal, and the author of the bestselling War on Cops and The Diversity Delusion. Follow her on Twitter here.
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