Most nuisance crimes are nothing more than revenue collection schemes for the government. The police write tickets or make arrests for some nuisance item that harms no one in order to bring revenue in. The police probably do not want to do this but they are forced to in order to feed the beast.
I call this method of raising revenue Taxation by Citation.
Officers are given quotas (never let them tell you otherwise) and they are held to those as part of their performance. They have to be forced to do this because the government depends on this money to operate.
This is particularly evident now that the officers of the NYPD have begun overlooking the nuisance crimes. These officers stopped writing tickets for BS things and have focused on emergencies and other than nuisance crimes. This has led to a drastic decrease in the amount of money getting into the New York City coffers. This is not making Comrade De Blasio happy because his commie schemes rely on lots of money.
The officers of the NYPD have reportedly been told they are not allowed to take vacation or sick days until the number of tickets and arrests (for these nuisance crimes) have returned to normal levels.
Officers are now forced to turn in activity sheets showing the number of arrests and summonses the officer was involved in during his shift.
Quotas? Sure. In New York the report is that all available cars in a sector were sent to put up a checkpoint and no officer was allowed to go back to the precinct or take a meal break until he had written two summonses. Got that? The officers were all sent on a revenue generating mission while real crimes were placed on the back burner.
According to one officer:
The majority of summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way,” the officer told the Post. “But now they’re realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us.
And when the City enforces its will on the officers they enforce their will on the citizens.
The NYPD Commissioner stated that during the slow down (of non nuisance crime enforcement), among other things, crime continued to go down.
So in reality the lack of enforcement for the nuisance crimes has not resulted in higher crime rates. The Commish said crime is continuing to go down.
So if this is the case why harass people over minor BS that does nothing for public safety?
Money baby! The government needs money and can’t stand it that the police are not performing revenue generating (tax collecting) activities.
If no one is getting hurt in this slowdown (except the Mayor’s budget) why not look at getting rid of these laws and let people be free?
I almost could not type that because we know the answer. The government views us as ATMs and nuisance laws are another way to make a withdrawal…
I feel sorry for the cops caught in all this. Perhaps next time they will look into supporting a candidate who respects and supports them and who might be able to balance a budget without fleecing people.
Never surrender, never submit.