It’s Mayor Adams and progressives circle around – New York Daily News

Having won office on his promise to restore public safety fairly, Mayor Adams now says that while his NYPD does its job and seizes more guns, it hasn’t been enough so far thanks to a system judiciary who has drilled too many holes in the dams that are supposed to block what he likes to call “the rivers that feed the sea of ​​violence”.

“People say you can’t get out of this, but you can – if you can lock the right people up,” a veteran NYPD leader just told me, referring to the roughly 700 mostly young men in a city ​​out of nearly 9 million, the police suspect is likely to shoot someone or get shot very soon.

After initially using bail reform as a very crude substitute, Adams and the NYPD are now more broadly pointing to a justice system that lets a parade of obviously dangerous people hang around after being arrested for serious crimes until ‘they eventually commit the kind of violence that makes the evening headlines.

Long before the pandemic erased the courts (and briefly helped empty the prisons), it was a justice system where very few cases made it to trial and one was built, like a firing squad. where some of the guns are loaded blanks. , to make it difficult to assign responsibility to a particular person or program.

Where this system is mostly anonymous, Adams and his agenda are instantly recognizable, which is why his poll count declined while crime counts steadily increased in his first few months.

In trying to reverse those two numbers, Adams comes up against a cohort of far-left activists and policymakers who view the police and prisons as inherently damaging and racially biased institutions, not to mention selfish people who always play Heads We Win, Tails You Lose where if the crime count is going up we need to invest more in cops to roll them back, and if the crime count is going down we need to invest more in cops to keep that going.

Many of these same leftists constantly point to small studies of alternatives to policing to claim that if only there was enough money to provide the same services on a large scale, they are “proven” to work.

Progressives can be as gullible about the data points and models that support their precedents as they are wary of those that “copagandists” similarly use.

It’s an unfinished battle older than me between investing in social programs that are supposed to pay off over decades and police departments that are supposed to pay off over months and years, with a lot of anecdotal arguments all around, as captured on the front page of Friday’s Daily News:

“MORE GUNS, CITY STILL AFRAID: Revamped NYPD removes 20 guns from the streets every day, but major crimes are up 41% in 22″

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Much of this rhetoric takes to the road at Rikers, the city’s main prison that was normally scheduled to close in 2027 but is currently collapsing. It’s a place where, despite an absurdly high officer-to-inmate ratio and therefore cost per inmate, prisoners left to fend for themselves continue to die in city custody and without intervention.

It’s detailed, again, in a horrific new report from a city board of supervisors released days before Adams’ new commissioner of prisons, Louis Molina, is due to submit his prison recovery plan. order to a federal judge and prosecutors planning to take over the city’s system and whose patience was exhausted before the new mayor and his team even came to power.

Their patience presumably waned after Molina skipped a meeting with federal authorities last month and posted photos on the department’s Twitter page the next day showing him visiting a car show at the same time. (Thursday, Adams tried at the eleventh hour to give his team more time to turn things around and avoid a takeover with an executive order creating an interagency commission he says “puts the full weight of city government behind the resolution. full and immediate response to these challenges” after decades of dysfunction.)

“Let’s be honest,” a source from a prosecutor’s office told me while pushing back against the mayor’s narrative about a justice system endangering public safety by working at cross purposes with the police. “Adams wants to lock up a lot more people. Where is he going to put them?

This source also mentioned that many people arrested here for carrying a weapon would not have committed a crime elsewhere in America where gun laws are less restrictive. With the Supreme Court set to hand down a ruling to tear down New York’s restrictive licensing law, many of the gun carriers the NYPD is currently looking for could be allowed on the streets here from here the end of the year.

It would be one more big hole in a dam that Mayor Adams could try to fix or channel as these rivers continue to flow out to sea.

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