As the Democrats talk about defunding and disbanding the police across the country, hundreds of police officers in New York are saying “screw it” and getting out now.
New Yorkers who have felt the wrath of angry mobs amid nationwide civil unrest over the death of George Floyd could soon feel the strain of fewer police officers patrolling their streets.
According to people with intimate knowledge of the law enforcement situation in the five boroughs, there could soon be a mass exodus of officers from the New York City Police Department, as city officials have chosen to side against them while the officers try to restore law and order.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that he would cut the police department’s budget. The decision came at a time when the ongoing chaos seems to indicate police in the city are needed now more than ever.
The decision to pull the rug out from under embattled officers comes a week after the failed Democratic presidential candidate criticized some of his own officers for using force to prevent looting, vandalism and other violence in the city.
“There are some (officers) who do not belong on this job. There are some that use violence when they shouldn’t,” de Blasio said on June 1, according to CNBC.
Two days later, on June 3, an officer was stabbed in the neck as he guarded a building while two other officers were shot moments later in Brooklyn, likely thanks in large part to continued anti-police rhetoric.
The mayor’s failure to lead has created disastrous consequences for officers who are defending a city from mobs.
At least two high-profile people with knowledge of the dynamics of the city and its police force have weighed in.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Fox News over the weekend to discuss the strained relationship between the police and city leaders such as de Blasio.
On “Justice with Judge Jeanine” over the weekend, the two disclosed just how dire the situation is for cops on the ground and pushed back on a narrative that the NYPD is inherently driven by racism.
Kerik also told Judge Jeanine Pirro that hundreds of NYPD officers have been injured during the riots.
“You have some in the hospital. But there were over 300 injuries,” he told Pirro.
Kerik added that hundreds more police officers in New York City are set to quit the force amid the city’s prioritization of violent rioters over those who have sworn to protect citizens and their property.
“And the thing that scares me, judge, I’m hearing close to 600 cops have either put in their papers, or they’re talking to the department about resigning or retiring, like, this is insane,” he said.
Kerik was also candid when asked if the NYPD has handled the protests appropriately.
“No, I don’t think they handled it well. And I think they were following the direction of the mayor, Mayor de Blasio, who told them initially he wanted them to take a light touch to dealing with this,” he said.
Giuliani, meanwhile, didn’t mince words when offering his opinion on de Blasio’s failed leadership.
The former mayor said he thinks New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take measures to remove de Blasio from office.
“Absolutely. I think he should remove him because he is a danger to the citizens of the city in his inability to make decisions. Who you elect has consequences. Sometimes they can be life and death consequences,” Giuliani said.
John Cardillo, a popular conservative Twitter commentator, journalist and former NYPD officer, also commented on the city’s treatment of officers on social media over the weekend.
Cardillo, though, was also willing to call out those who have protected de Blasio from criticism.
“One thing I’ll give Bill de Blasio; he never once hid his far left radicalism or hatred of America and law and order,” Cardillo added.
“Democrats downplayed it and told people they were nuts despite his words and actions,” he wrote. “He’s doing exactly what those of us paying attention knew he would do.”