New Year. Same Target. The Police.

Funeral of Detective Wenjin Liu - Photo by AP

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Well it’s a new year and unfortunately on the heels of TWO NYPD officers,( Detective Rafael Ramos and Detective Wenjin Liu) being assassinated just a few days before Christmas, we no sooner lay Detective Liu to rest and we have two more NYPD officers who were shot Monday night in the Bronx during a botched robbery by a couple of thugs. The day after the assassination of the two officers in Brooklyn there was a Tarpon Springs Police Officer, Charles Kondek, who was also shot AND run over by a 23 year old maggot who had just been released from prison in March of 2014 and was wanted on a parole violation. About a week after that just before the end of 2014 a Flagstaff Arizona Police Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart, just 24 years old was shot by a mutant as the officer intervened in a domestic violence incident. Policing is a dangerous profession and all who take on that awesome responsibility know this when raising their hands to pledge their allegiance to serving and protecting the public. In the case of the Florida and Arizona officers, as well as the two recently NYPD officers shot in the botched robbery it seems that there is no connection at this time to the two murdered officers in Brooklyn on December 20th, 2014. Not that one shooting injury or death is better than another of course but in the recent three shootings they were in the course of some sort of enforcement or police action, which is how most cops figure they would potentially face injury or death.

What made the death of the two officers in Brooklyn particularly disturbing ( to anyone with a soul ), was that they were killed simply for wearing a uniform and sitting in a marked NYPD patrol car ( having lunch ). Any citizen should be very concerned about police officers being killed period. If someone has it within them to kill a police officer then there isn’t really much holding them back from wanting to kill you. That is a special kind of crazy. It seems that a lot of people were disturbed by the double killing in Brooklyn. It seemed to come at a point where a certain segment of people, upset over a series of police interactions (that ended with the death of the person they were attempting to arrest), came to a boiling point through a series of “peaceful” protests. These “peaceful” protests which included the taking over of various streets, roadways, and bridges and the assaulting of 2 officers on the Brooklyn Bridge as well. The cherry on top was of course various blasts of vitriol towards police including some terroristic types of chants such as “What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now !”

DeBlasio has your back NYPD by Blanco - Americans for limited Government
DeBlasio has your back NYPD by Blanco – Americans for limited Government

This where we come to the current unrest in New York City between the NYPD and the Mayor ( DeBlasio ). This mayor is someone who (as candidate DeBlasio) ran a campaign heavily slanted against the NYPD’s policy of “stop and frisk” but was paraphrasing the NYPD as this out of control gang of thugs and racists. Then he won and realized – “Oh crap, I now have to work with these guys”. Let’s not forget the makeup of the NYPD is now largely of “minorities” who are now the majority of officers.

I will be the first to say that stop and frisk had gotten out of control under the Bloomberg / Quinn / Kelly regime. They decided to make stop and frisk part of the monthly quota system which was a mistake. You can certainly find 25 parking summonses in a month but you may or may not find “X” amount of people to stop and frisk legally, so thats why the numbers of stop and frisk were way out of line. There will always be more people who get stopped and frisked but not arrested simply because they are not wanted in connection with that stop and frisk. So reforming stop and frisk and how its done was actually a welcomed reform by the cops who were being ordered to do them in bulk from the top down which included a black Chief of Department (and Kelly prodigy). Now they can be done in a more reasonable way and not to fill a quota. That is probably where the like ( not love ) affair ended.

Christine Quinn ( former speaker of the NYC council ) strong armed the city council to overturn term limits, ( that the public voted for ) which allowed Bloomberg to buy his way ( by spending over 100 million dollars ) to a 3rd term as mayor. When DeBlasio took over after the Bloomberg / Quinn dynasty (after candidate Quinn was repaid by the voters with a paltry 15% in the primaries), he was left with a dead police contract leftover by Bloomberg. The unions which could have went to NY State arbitration waited for DeBlasio to take over to see if he ( as a man of the working people – allegedly ) would come to the table with a fair deal. He basically snubbed them by offering them virtually nothing by the way of raises and plenty by the way of concessions. The unions then had no choice but to go to the state to arbitrate which they could have done earlier if they didn’t wait for DeBlasio to officially shaft them. Little did they know that would be one in a series of missteps where the mayor would be thumbing his nose at the police . Here are some of the main highlights ( or lowlights ) as to why the police have a serious problem with the mayor ( aside from the couple already spoken of above ) :

  • DeBlasio hires a “chief of staff” for his wife ( a long term Sharpton staffer ), at a 170,000 a year salary who lies on her application where she does not admit to associating with known felons. Who is the known felon who slipped her mind? Her boyfriend who among other things is a convicted killer. Her son is apparently no prize either starting his criminal history at 14 with a mugging and has been on a roll since. Did DeBlasio fire her as ANYone else would have been fired for committing such an obvious violation? Nope. He kept her on until the media storm finally made her remove herself. Not the fixing of the “tale of two cities” the mayor also ran his campaign on where those “in the know” get special privileges and the rest of us have to suck wind.
  • Eric Garner, who was on the criminal books since 1980, was arrested for the 31st time  for the sale of untaxed cigarettes. The Chief of Department (also black) at the time sent out a directive to precincts to crack down on that “quality of life” crime. The week of the grand jury verdict in Staten Island, in which they did not indict the officer who used physical force to arrest the resisting Garner, the mayor quietly had the city law department file a federal lawsuit against companies involved with the cigarettes being sold ( by Garner-types ), which would in essence further crack down on that crime. He kept in quiet and squashed a press release about it ( Re: NY Post 12-16-14 ) since after the grand jury verdict he claimed Eric Garner was a “good man” committing a low level crime and he didn’t want to look like a hypocrite.
  • In his remarks about the grand jury verdict in Staten Island, DeBlasio said this was a result of hundreds of years of racism and that he has had all kind of conversations with his son about the dangers of interacting with the police. Huh? I have no problem with conversations he has with his son and I am fully aware of the cancer known as racism, and what that has done to retard the progress of our country as a whole. What happened in Staten Island had nothing to do with racism and everything to do with laws on the books which target offenders ( like an Eric Garner ), and then Mr. Garner himself didn’t help matters any by deciding to resist arrest that day which forced the officers to use physical force to get him handcuffed, in which Mr. Garners extremely poor health caused him to have an asthma attack and heart attack as a result of the physical confrontation with the police. Instead of calling for calm after the verdict and advocating to those who wished to protest should do so in a peaceful and LAWFUL way and stating violence will not be tolerated, he decided to defer that this was another racial tragedy and regale everyone with stories about his son ( who is protected by a 24/7 police security detail by the way ).
  • Subsequent “peaceful” protests included organizers (if any) not working with the police to safely hold the rallies and marches so protesters were running amuck through city streets, clogging highways and bridges causing chaos and then assaulting officers on those bridges (as mentioned earlier), while other “peaceful” protesters called for the death of cops. Any outrage from DeBlasio and his sidekick “Reverend” Sharpton? Nope.
  • Not too long after that you get a psychopath who aside from trying to take out his ex girlfriend, decides to “put wings on pigs” and come up to Brooklyn and assassinate two officers. Officers not involved in any enforcement action or any interaction at all other than sitting in their car having lunch. A killer inspired by the death chants of the “peaceful” protesters and what seemed to be open season against cops with the permissiveness of the mayor throwing the cops under the bus over and over again.
  • After the double murder in Brooklyn the NYPD arrested an 18 year old gang member named Devon Coley who posted on Facebook a video of someone firing into an NYPD patrol car and making threats to kill cops including saying “73NEXT” ( for the 73rd precinct ). Coley who had a warrant for skipping court gets release by Judge Laura Johnson WITHOUT BAIL. DeBlasio, who could have chosen to not reappoint her (after she was scolded for her actions by the Office of Court Administration) by December 31st of course – REAPPOINTS her??
  • And just for shits and giggles; DeBlasio’s Community Affairs Director, Kicy Motely, is another winner where on her Twitter account says F*ck the Police, after the NYPD fatally shot a knife-wielding man in Times Square in August 2012. She was also a fan Chris Dorner, the ex-LAPD cop who killed four people, including three police officers, in a shooting rampage in California in Feb. 2013. Dorner had claimed he was fired from the police force due to racism.“There’s a part of me rooting for #Dorner, This racist, imperialist country gets the best of people sometimes. It makes some snap. #lapd”. These are the people DeBlasio hires for high level positions?
  • Finally and most recently, as DeBlasio states he believes officers who turned their backs at the Ramos and Liu funeral (only against him when he spoke) was disrespectful. Some think it is, many do not think it was since it was not directed at the family or anyone else – only DeBlasio given the current state of affairs with him. Meanwhile his wife shows up wearing blue jeans to a highly publicized and emotionally charged high level funeral. Talk about disrespect.

So as you can see it is a hot mess. The majority of it within control of the mayor who now has dug himself a huge hole and has been backpedaling his way through the two recent funerals with half hearted eulogies and a brow beaten police commissioner who is a shell of the man he was during his first tenure 20 years ago with the NYPD. Where things go from here is largely in the mayors lap as he tries to gain respect from 35,000 police officers he hasn’t shown an ounce of respect for since before taking office. Good luck and get your popcorn ready.

Let’s just hope more cops don’t get assassinated in order for him to really give a crap.

About Tom Verni

As a retired NYPD Detective with nearly 22 years of experience as a Community Policing Officer, Certified Police Academy Instructor, City-Wide Community Affairs Liaison, and Crime Prevention Specialist, Tom Verni has a wide breadth of public speaking experience and extensive knowledge in various aspects of police training and community relations. He is now able to pass along this knowledge to law enforcement or other organizations seeking to enhance the skill sets of their personnel via training seminars. Tom is also available to media outlets for consulting services regarding crime issues or police related incidents.

4 thoughts on “New Year. Same Target. The Police.

  1. What’s up my fellow retiree. I finally read your blog. As always, I am impressed with your work. However, I disagree with some with a few of your viewpoints. We can have that discussion face to face at a later date. I will call you soon bro.

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