There were reports at the end of December of 2014 that NYPD officers were engaging in a "work stoppage" in protest of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's outspoken opposition to police brutality.
The New York Post notes that "traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent" and overall arrests have dropped 66 percent.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the NYPD police union, reportedly told officers not to make arrests “unless absolutely necessary.”
In response to that statement, Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi wrote: "It shines a light on the use of police officers to make up for tax shortfalls using ticket and citation revenue. Then there's the related (and significantly more important) issue of forcing police to make thousands of arrests and issue hundreds of thousands of summonses when they don't 'have to.'"
NYPD Police Chief Bill Bratton began "Broken Windows" arrests back in the 1990s. These types of arrests are for minor violations, which Bratton said reduced the overall crime rate. However, civil rights advocates have said that the "Broken Windows" strategy furthers the police state, targets minorities with racial profiling and helps the city profit financially.
When de Blasio was elected, he re-appointed Bratton as chief of police. Both de Blasio and Bratton have vocalized their support for "Broken Windows" policing, which is not happening now because of the NYPD "work stoppage" ordered by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. However, some say that "policing for profit" was a bad idea to begin with and should have ended a long time ago.
“It definitely is a revenue-driver for the city, this mass regime of handing out tickets,” Taibbi told RT.com (video below). "And it does strike the ear a little bit funny when you hear police union leaders talking about how we are only to going to arrest people when we ‘have to.’ It seems like that should be the real function of police generally. If they are ticketing and arresting people when they don’t have to, then something’s up, and that’s not right."