by Melissa Melton | Originally published at The Daily Sheeple
Ever since the NYPD essentially went on strike following the shooting of two police officers after weeks of nationwide police brutality protests, they’ve continued to show everyone just how utterly unnecessary such a bloated, militarized police force really is in America today.
The first week, NYC arrests dropped 66% compared to the same time last year; the following week, they were still down 56%.
The “strike” of sorts was issued by the NYPD’s union New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association just before Christmas:
“Starting IMMEDIATELY: At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be.
“IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest.
“These are precautions that were taken in the 1970′s when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.
“The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a ‘wartime’ police department. We will act accordingly.”
Aside from now labeling the NYPD as a “wartime police department,” (nice, right?) emphasis has been added to the pertinent directive: “No arrests…unless absolutely necessary.”
That means the 56% of people who were arrested this same time last year in New York City were arrested even though it wasn’t necessary.
Forgive me if this is a stupid and overly obvious question, but shouldn’t all arrests be “absolutely necessary” first and foremost?
Why are people being arrested in this country when it isn’t “absolutely necessary” to arrest them?
Who wants to live in a country where that’s the case? Where citizens can be arrested even though it isn’t absolutely necessary?
That’s like a school bus driver randomly driving the school bus on a Saturday just because — only for the metaphor to really work, the bus driver would have to also make the school money while driving the bus for no reason on a Saturday, because that is exactly what’s going on here.
If all arrests aren’t absolutely necessary, then the only reason they keep happening in such high numbers must be to feed America’s massive police state prison-industrial complex.
America has more police departments (over 18,000 across the nation) and puts more people in prison per capita than any other nation on the planet bar none. We’ve said it before here at The Daily Sheeple, but this situation right here proves once and for all that the number one mission of at least some American police departments is definitely not “to protect and serve.”
Sounds more like the mission is to get as many people “in the system” as possible and drain them economically through court costs, probation fees, etc. while at the same time using unnecessary, inflated arrest figures as job security, justification for hiring more and more police officers, bigger budgets and the continued acquisition of more law enforcement equipment. (And don’t forget, propagate the completely ridiculous war on drugs…)
So, is there any way to really know what the true crime rate is in this country? If not all arrests are “absolutely necessary” to begin with, and crime rates have already been dropping across the board for the last couple of decades in America, is the whole thing one big financial scam or what?
The longer this goes on, the more obvious the racket becomes.
On top of plummeting arrest figures, the number of tickets written across the city is down a whopping 92% this week. NINETY-TWO PERCENT. Think of all that lost revenue in ticket fees, insurance rate hikes, defensive driver course fees, etc. — all gone because the cops just simply stopped giving tickets out and not because they didn’t need to in the first place but for unrelated, personal reasons.
This has been referred to as “taxation by citation,” by the way, because quite obviously this is likewise unnecessary.
It’s not that crime doesn’t happen, but come on. Two weeks of this now and New York City is still standing, still functioning. The majority of people are going about their lives the same as before. The city certainly hasn’t imploded into a nightmare of criminal chaos and mayhem, nor has it become anything even close to a “warzone” that would necessitate a “wartime police department” either.
Who knows how long the strike and continued beef between the NYPD and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will continue, but one thing is certain — the longer these cops show their true colors, the more blatantly obvious it becomes just how unnecessary the American police state truly is.