The NYPD Slowdown Is Over And Now There's Hell And Tickets To Pay

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Last month, the New York City Police Department began a low-level crime enforcement slowdown, because someone said something that hurt their feelings. And while that was as good a reason as any other, I'm sure, it couldn't last forever. Sorry, everyone. Your New York City driving playground days are over.


Traffic stops in the city plunged 94% during the slowdown, which was awesome on the one hand, because no more speeding tickets ever yay, and really, incredibly terrible, on the other hand, because law enforcement is the one basic hallmark of civilization boo. But with a new year comes a return to the rule of law, according to the New York Post:

New figures released by the NYPD on Monday reveal an uptick in the numbers of summonses being issued and arrests being made — clear signs that the job action aimed at registering police displeasure with Mayor de Blasio appears to be ending.

"We are still concerned with the levels of activity, but they are returning to normal," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. "With each passing day, each passing week, those numbers are going back to what we would describe as normal levels."

Oh darn. Just as the city was getting fun and real human beings could afford real estate again (just kidding that will never ever ever ever ever ever never happen LOL).

Low-level criminal enforcement levels aren't completely back just yet, the Post notes, but they're on the upswing and the city is on track to hand out traffic tickets once more.

So long, sweet prince that was fun New York City. May your reign of a constant, 24-hour, weeks-long unofficial New York Grand Prix live forever, in our hearts.

Also this was terrible.

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BoxerFanatic, troublesome iconoclast.

Case in point that the government should not rely on citizens breaking laws as their funding source.

Using minor infractions as a funding source means that the government uses the police force as tax collectors, not protective servants.

Breaking the law should be penalized, but what penalty is due should go to violent crime victim support, or something other than the government and police's general operations, which should be funded by transparent, and accountable taxation that is not tied to trying to find ways to charge the citizenry with crimes in order to make money.