The days following the Dec. 20 shooting of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu have been characterized by increasingly strained relations between New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the city's police force. NYPD officers have repeatedly turned their backs on De Blasio during speaking engagements, even at the funeral for the two officers. Protesters have also become involved in the rift between the city's law enforcement and its head political office.
According to a report from the New York Post, arrests for low-level offenders have also been affected by the murder of the two officers. In the days since that incident, NYPD tickets and arrests for minor offenses have dropped 94 percent. While the low arrest levels could be attributed to the holiday season, overall arrests are actually down 66 percent compared to the week beginning Dec. 22 in 2013. These numbers are significant: Traffic violations are down from 10,069 to 587, parking violations are down from 14,699 to 1,241, and drug arrests are down 382 to 63.
The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has claimed that officer safety is the primary reason that arrests have slowed. "The call last week from the PBA is what started it, but this has been simmering for a long time," a source told the New York Post, "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."
According to Fox, De Blasio has scheduled an emergency summit with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and police unions for 2 p.m. E.T. at the new police academy in Queens to work through their publicly-known issues.
Sources: The New York Post, Fox
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