Shootings are soaring, but Mayor Bill de Blasio figures sending cops to knock on citizens’ doors and lecture them about their hateful speech is a wise move.
This was de Blasio’s idea of how to react to the horrific massacre in Atlanta: Officers can prevent anti-Asian attacks if they show up at the doors of people accused of hate speech. It is “perfectly appropriate” for officers to “confront” people for actions “not rising to a criminal level,” he said; the warnings could have an “educating” and “sobering impact” on potential future criminals.
What a hypocrite. De Blasio made a huge deal about having had “the talk” with his black son about fearing cops and regularly slams supposed NYPD excesses. Yet now he wants the same officers to become conflict mitigators and social judges?
When lefties don’t want to defund the police, they want them to be superheroes.
In reality, cops aren’t trained for anything like this, and an amateur warning could push a sicko like the alleged Atlanta perp over the edge.
And, again, city police already have a far broader crime wave on their hands.
Of course, the NYPD is already taking non-silly action, such as boosting its presence in Asian communities such as Chinatown and Flushing. And while anti-Asian attacks have been on the rise in cities all over the country since the pandemic began, the department is on that, too: The majority of 2020’s 28 such attacks reported to the hate-crimes task force in 2020 ended in arrests.
Sigh: It’s still more than nine months before de Blasio is finally out of office.
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