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New York Police Say They 'Are Losing the City' as Cuomo and de Blasio Play Politics With the Riots

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the USTA Indoor Training Center where a 350-bed temporary hospital will be built in New York. De Blasio is calling for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses, on Friday, April 3, to handle an expected surge in coronavirus cases in New York and other places around the country. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Is New York City falling?

Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association in New York City, released a letter on Tuesday to New York police officers in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio refusing to call in the National Guard to help the police quell the violent riots that have taken over the city. He had harsh words for politicians leaving police out on their own to be hurt and killed.

“I know we are losing the city,” he wrote. “We have no leadership, no direction, and no plan.” He encouraged the officers to hold the line and not give up and promised that help was on the way. “I know you are being held back and used as pawns,” he wrote. He highlighted the messages he is receiving from officers including one that said, “Our officers and supervisors are getting hurt every night DOING THEIR JOBS without any support from our PC or mayor.”

Police are reporting that they are not allowed to use crowd control tools that they have at their disposal. And after the uproar from the media after the Washington, D.C., police dispersed the protesters there with smoke, it’s not hard to see why. Police are damned if they do, and possibly put into the ICU or the morgue if they don’t. Right now, the city seems to be choosing to sacrifice its cops to appease the mob.

Mullins also sent a letter to NYPD Police Commissioner Shea asking for help.

It is with tremendous frustration and disappointment that I write on behalf of the struggling officers of the New York City Police Department who are under sustained and unprovoked attack from violent protesters in the streets; from armed and uncontrollable rioters; from the Governor’s office, whose statements against police officers statewide emboldens further rioting; from the lack of City leadership, which has failed to demand much needed reinforcement to restore order and take back the City; and from the lack of clear and direct instruction from the NYPD hierarchy on how police officers are expected to restore calm.

Mullins says the NYPD is struggling to keep up and are losing the battle.

We run from disturbance to disturbance, fire to fire, looting to looting, exposing our own lives and limbs to maiming and permanent injury, only to be told that we have failed to protect the City. We arrest those that we can, move those who are willing, and try to prevent further chaos everywhere. It is not a sustainable endeavor. We are, simply put, outnumbered.

The curfew is a ridiculous exercise in futility that police have no power to enforce.

The City’s curfew is, simply put, unenforceable. We obviously cannot engage and arrest every citizen we see on the street after 8:00 PM. If we cannot enforce it, we should not impose it: such a practice makes police officers look weak and ineffective, which emboldens criminal behavior and, as we have seen repeatedly, the targeting of police officers. Indeed, as we learned last night when one of my members was intentionally run over and suffered two broken legs, a broken shoulder and a fractured elbow when responding to an ambush 911 call, even answering a radio run has become a life-threatening challenge for the NYPD.

What is the top brass waiting for?

We must take immediate decisive, concerted and coordinated steps to rid the City of this violence and restore peace. If additional outside assistance is needed, call for it. If more officers should be deployed, deploy them. If more equipment is necessary, provide it. If greater force against looters, vandals and rioters is warranted, authorize it. What are you waiting for?

What this Department cannot do is stay the course: our efforts to take back the city from the lawless have thus far failed miserably. Now, decisive and resolute measures must be implemented to enable us to restore order immediately, without further destruction or injury.

Mullins appeared on the Laura Ingraham show and begged President Trump to send the troops to help the NYPD.

But if New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has anything to say about it, the NYPD will get no outside help

Governor Cuomo was forced to apologize to NYPD for saying they haven’t done their jobs.

Like most Americans, the police in New York City know they’re on their own against lawlessness and violence. Our leaders are too busy dithering and strategizing how to make the riots hurt their political opponents instead of figuring out how to protect their citizens. Democrat leaders are playing a dangerous game by allowing people to die and cities to burn in order to force Trump to send in the military so they can scream about martial law and what a terrible, no good, awful dictator the president is. It’s a disgusting transparent political scam. The question is, how many have to die or be injured for them to get their next talking point?

 

Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo,” and host of The Fringe podcast. Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter

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