Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has recently taken big measures against City Police and State leaders for allowing cops to leave and for helping develop the “social virus” that comes along with the coronavirus. This is leaving the entire society in a jeopardized condition.
“The city is a mess and it’s going to get a lot worse unfortunately,” Bratton said during a WABC-77 radio interview.
Bratton summarized that the morale of the city’s finest is at its all time low after “getting attacked from all sides” and “being defunded and demeaned.”
According to Bratton, what’s more frustrating is that the same people who used to cooperate with the police to take down the flag of crime, are not doing so because they “feel intimated” by those who are protesting police brutality in the wake George Floyd’s death — at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
“It’s a second storm,” Bratton said. “There’s the coronavirus that’s taking a lot of lives on the one hand and now the crime virus that will take a lot of lives on the other.”
When Bratton was asked if he isn’t happy with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision which will make it harder for the NYPD to tackle crime — especially with the steep budget cut — Bratton didn’t hold back his frustration.
“I’m disappointed with the whole political establishment here in the state, in Albany and in the city. They have effectively, collectively and individually, turned their back in many respects on the entity that’s most responsible for the crime reduction in this city, state and indeed the country — the police,” Bratton said.
Bratton didn’t say de Blasio’s name directly, but he didn’t spare the city council for pushing a “far-left” agenda and promoting it to the “mob”.
“Most of them don’t know what the hell they voted for. They’ve become a mob themselves in the sense of some of the legislation they’re passing. They should be ashamed of themselves,” said Bratton, who served as de Blasio’s first police commissioner.
Commissioner Bratton was really shocked by the sudden decision taken by the City Hall to reduce police manpower. With almost 1,300 police officers added under him, he bolstered neighborhood policing, which was hugely supported as a step toward establishing a good relationship between the police and the community.
He said a lot of council members were too young to understand the terror of the 80’s and 90’s when there were more than 2000 murders a year.
Bratton, who had also served as Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s police commissioner, said the city was “Hellhole then” and “the police brought it back from the precipice.”
According to Bratton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s and the state legislature’s decision to pass an ill-conceived law that eliminates the cash bail for many crimes before the pandemic hit, has been very significant and has been the driving force behind the crime spike.
He has said that “emptying” state prisons and jails has put a lot of dangerous criminals out on the street when the court system is in “disarray” due to coronavirus.
Bratton said he’s “very disappointed” that the city’s political leadership is “playing to the demonstrators” and “not the just the left, but the far left.”
“It’s going to come back eventually to bite them all in the rear end,” he said. “The City Council has spoken and now their constituents are going to be punished by rising crime and the ineffectiveness of government to control it.”
“They don’t have a goddamn clue what they’re talking about but we are not going to let them destroy this city,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea added during a CompStat briefing. “People that don’t have a clue about how to keep New Yorkers safe suddenly think they know about policing.”
Media reached out to Mayor de Blasio’s office and the NYPD for their comments on the seven-minute long video of the interview.
Julia Arredondo, a spokeswoman for de Blasio, said, “As shown in their hour-long press conference together on Friday, the mayor and commissioner are closely working together to beat back crime.”