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NYPD ordered to deal with mentally ill better by… using different words

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Everyone seems to agree that we have a mental health crisis on our hands these days and it’s a problem that’s particularly exacerbated in our larger cities. As if the police don’t have enough on their plates as it is, when they show up at the scene of a disturbance and find themselves confronting a mentally ill person things can quickly spiral out of control. In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio has had enough of this issue and he’s going to do something about it. From now on, the cops will be ordered to stop referring to the mentally ill as “EDPs” (“emotionally disturbed persons”). In the future, all such incidents will be referred to as “mental health calls.” That should fix everything, right? (NY Post)

NYPD cops will have to stop referring to dangerously unhinged people as “EDPs” — short for “emotionally disturbed persons” — as part of a $37 million program to deal with serious mental-health emergencies, according to a new report on Monday.

The long-established lingo will be abandoned in favor of “mental health calls,” sources told The City website, which described the change in terminology as one of the “key elements” of a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to reform how cops deal with mentally ill people.

“One in five New Yorkers suffers from a mental health condition. It’s our job to reach those people before crisis strikes,” de Blasio said in a statement announcing the new spending.

On top of the change in language, NYPD officers responding to reports of a “mental health call” will be joined by a mental-health worker from the newly formed Behavioral Health Unit.”

The cops are already up in arms over this plan and for good reason. First of all, what difference is it going to make in terms of the actual suspect/patient if the police describe them differently over the dispatch radio? It’s not as if they’re showing up on the scene and yelling “EDP!” at them. Nor does the new terminology make the situation any less dangerous either for the suspect or the responding officers.

One cop was quoted as saying, “What the f–k difference does it make what we call them? It’s the same thing. Enough with the Kumbaya. How about taking care of the main problem, which is a lack of mental-health care?”

That part of the new plan is literally just a matter of semantics, so perhaps it won’t cause too many problems. But the idea of dispatching a mental-health worker to an active crime scene is really worrying (and angering) the NYPD. You can probably guess why.

The need for better care for the mentally ill is obvious and if the city plans to do something constructive about that we should applaud them. But nobody is calling 911 because they see someone who looks depressed or is talking to their imaginary friend. By the time the dispatcher gets the call, there’s already a crisis in progress and the person in question is probably in the midst of attacking someone or threatening to do so.

That’s the type of scene that the mayor proposes sending a mental-health expert with no law enforcement training into. The cops already have a violent lunatic on their hands, but now they also have to make sure that the Behavioral Health Unit worker doesn’t get themselves shot or stabbed in the process. As one officer put it, “God forbid you’re a cop and you allow one of these civilians to get hurt.” Another said, “some innocent person is going to die real soon with this program.”

I don’t know what all of these proposals are going to cost the taxpayers of Gotham, but couldn’t that money be put to better use in developing new mental health care facilities and paying for doctors to treat people before we reach the point where they’re swinging a samurai sword in Times Square? It’s another bang-up job by City Hall in the Big Apple. Hizzoner is once again finding unique ways to throw money at a problem without addressing the underlying issue.

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Another Dem congressional candidate who wants to disarm the police

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I had been seriously hoping that this was one strain of progressive woke madness that wouldn’t start spreading through the Democratic gene pool, but apparently the antibiotics are no longer working in the body politic. Last month we talked about a city in Vermont where the village elders were debating a proposal to disarm their police force. You know… so they don’t wind up shooting anyone. But that’s just one relatively small city, so what’s the harm, right?

As it turns out, there is a candidate for Congress in the Big Apple who has the same idea. And to put a cherry on this dish, he’s being endorsed by Justice Democrats, the folks who brought you The Squad. (Free Beacon)

A congressional candidate, who is endorsed by the same progressive group that backed Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) in 2018, recently called to disarm police officers.

Jamaal Bowman, a New York City congressional candidate endorsed by Justice Democrats, has proposed taking guns from police officers in American cities.

“It’s time to disarm the police,” Jamaal Bowman wrote on Twitter before retweeting one user’s response that police in the United Kingdom “carry no guns” and thus have “killed no citizens.”

Jamaal Bowman is a middle school principal from the Bronx. (Just in case you were wondering why Gotham continues to descend toward full loony bin status every generation.) And he’d like to represent his district in Congress. This molder of young minds thinks it might be a fine idea to disarm all the cops because, hey… that’s how they do it in England and look how well things are going over there!

Except for one inconvenient detail, that is. The people in Great Britain don’t have Second Amendment rights, so very few of their criminals are armed. (Guns still slip through sometimes, though.) And even with that reality in mind, the cops in England actually do have weapons. Only most of them don’t carry them on the beat. But if they call in to HQ reporting a violent situation that’s developing, more police with military-grade weaponry are dispatched to the scene at once.

The Free Beacon does a good job of breaking down this crazy proposal and why it makes no sense, particularly in New York City. First of all, New York doesn’t have an epidemic of trigger-happy cops shooting up the innocent populace. There have been just 32 police shootings in New York City since 2015. Only one of the suspects was unarmed, though a second one had a realistic toy gun he pointed at officers. The rest were all armed and resisting arrest.

Also, one of the reasons that the Big Apple has been experiencing years of decreases in violent crime is that New York has one of the larger, tougher police forces in the country. They know how to keep the peace and take down the bad guys. And criminals know it. Sadly, it’s been creeping back in the other direction recently under Bill de Blasio, but that’s a subject for another column.

Hopefully, the voters in Principal Bowman’s district will be smart enough to see this guy for what he is. Disarming the police is one of the dumber ideas to ever bubble up from the depths of the deep left bog. We don’t need people endorsing such policies showing up and taking a seat in the House.

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Baltimore and NYC cops “afraid to arrest anyone”

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For two years now, the Baltimore Police Department has been operating under a new “consent decree” designed to monitor how police make arrests, interact with the public and generally conduct themselves. This was part of the fallout from the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots in 2015. No matter what the intended purpose of the consent decree may have been, the results have been crippling to the police. Some of them, contacted in a recent, anonymous survey, have said that they’re performing far fewer arrests because they fear the media portrayals and reactions from City Hall will wreck their careers. (Townhall)

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s 2015 death while in Baltimore police custody, the city installed a series of reforms — such as the consent decree — aimed at giving more transparency for the department and how they treat suspects. But the intended consequence of the measures is that many police feel they cannot enforce the law, and that elected leaders simply look for any excuse they can to throw officers under the bus if it helps them politically. New evidence shows this is making the city more dangerous.

In 2017, Baltimore started the consent decree. Its goal was “to have a stronger police department that fights crime while it serves and protects the civil and constitutional rights of Baltimore City residents.”

This was all predicted back when the consent decree was first being negotiated. If the police have to look over their shoulders and be pilloried in the media every time they have to “level up” (get a little rough with somebody who is resisting arrest, trying to wriggle out of handcuffs, etc.) they aren’t going to be as active on the job as needed. Morale is reportedly down across the board and some of the officers say that they “don’t stop and get out of their cars” as often as they used to.

The result? A skyrocketing murder rate, increases in rapes, assaults and property crimes across the board, and nearly 700 people being shot through the first eight months of this year. The gang members have eyes and ears. If they know the police are backing off, they become bolder. How this is supposed to improve community relations is anybody’s guess.

And it’s not just Baltimore. After the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo in New York City over his role in the death of Eric Gardner, the number of arrests made by the NYPD has plummeted. It’s being called the “Pantaleo effect.” (NY Post)

The number of arrests and criminal summonses handled by city cops last week plummeted compared to the same period in 2018 — and law-enforcement sources warn it’s the “Pantaleo Effect.’’

Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill on Aug. 19 over his role in the fatal take-down of Staten Island cigarette peddler Eric Garner, enraging police officers and their union leaders, who argue the cop was simply doing his job during an arrest.

Since the officer was fired, arrests have dropped by 27 percent compared to the same period last year and the number of criminal summonses issued was down 29 percent. The head of the PBA issued a warning for all his officers to “proceed with the utmost caution’’ while out on the beat. They seem to be taking his warning seriously. The complaints being reported echo what we’re seeing in Baltimore. The cops feel like their own top leadership and City Hall don’t have their backs. Why get out of the patrol car if you’re going to wind up being the poster child for a fresh round of attacks from the social justice warriors?

It remains to be seen whether a similar increase in crime rates will follow in the Big Apple. But if less policing was what you were hoping for, you’ve apparently been granted your wish.

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NYPD fed up with anti-cop “chaos” in the Big Apple

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You probably saw the viral video of people throwing buckets of water on police in New York City when they were in the process of making an arrest. The police responded curiously by… not responding at all. This appeared to embolden the locals, who have taken to mocking and throwing things at cops in multiple neighborhoods. This led to a mob in Brooklyn literally pelting police with objects thrown from rooftops and shots being fired, leaving three officers with (thankfully) minor injuries. The response from Mayor de Blasio was lethargic at best and now the cops appear to have had enough. The local police union is calling on City Hall to stop throwing them under the bus and show some leadership. (NY Post)

“How are cops supposed to do our job in this environment? When will @NYPDNews or @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio stand up & say enough is enough?” the Police Benevolent Association fumed on Twitter.

“Chaos is running the streets. This is outrageous — we’re lucky it wasn’t worse.”

Several hours of unrest began around 11 p.m. Saturday when cops responded to complaints of a large group of drunk people, the NYPD said.

Violence erupted when cops placed one person under arrest and onlookers turned on them, the NYPD said.

How did the Mayor respond to the latest attack on the police? With a tweet sent from New Hampshire.

Prior to this year’s spike in various crimes, New York City had spent decades serving as a model for law enforcement around the nation. They kept the murder rate lower than what’s being seen in cities ten times smaller than Gotham. They did it through policing based on the broken windows theory and making sure that those with a tendency to break the law knew that the cops would bust some heads if they needed to.

You can talk about “community policing” all you like, and there’s definite value to the idea that the cops need to foster positive, cooperative relationships with law-abiding citizens in their territory. But there remains another reality in law enforcement that certain liberal politicians and activists are loathe to admit. Effective law enforcement and an orderly society are only possible as long as the vast majority of the citizens respect and support the police. And those who would break the law need to live in fear of the police, knowing that they will be dealt with harshly when they choose to pursue lawlessness.

Those conditions are evaporating under the current leadership in New York. Bad actors clearly perceive the cops as being timid and lacking the support of City Hall and the courts. When someone runs up and does something as seemingly “harmless” as dumping a bucket of water on a police officer engaged in making an arrest, that person needs to be beaten down in a very public way. Assaulting the police is unacceptable and there have to be consequences for it or our system of law and order breaks down. And the Mayor needs to make it entirely clear that he will be backing up the cops, not throwing them under the bus.

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Trump fan: I was attacked in New York City for wearing a MAGA hat

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Caution is always in order with a claim of hit-and-run political violence, as attention-seekers have been known to fabricate such things for their own personal or ideological reasons. As I’m sure you know.

This guy, however, is clearly not fabricating his injury unless he’s a Hollywood-caliber FX artist. “Gruesome” isn’t too strong a word to describe that eye.

He says he was targeted by a group of teenagers shouting “f*** Trump” at him.

Jahangir “John” Turan, 42, says it happened Tuesday evening on Canal Street. He was wearing the MAGA hat that he had purchased earlier in the day at Trump Tower.

“I love President Trump. I think he’s doing a great job,” Turan said.

He says the group of about 15 “kids” yelled “F*** Trump” and stomped on him. One of them smashed his head into a scaffold. Turan says he suffered a fracture in his cheek and a badly swollen eye. He’s awaiting an eye specialist to determine if there is any permanent damage to his sight.

“One girl flipped my hat, and then within five, eight seconds, I got pushed from the back and my face hit the scaffolding pole,” he told reporters, adding that the teens were “chanting anti-Trump stuff.” No arrests have yet been made because, he says, everything happened so fast that he couldn’t provide a detailed description of his attackers. The most remarkable part is when and where Turan says it took place. It wasn’t at 2 a.m. in a back alley somewhere. It happened at a little before 7 p.m. on Tuesday night as Turan was walking along Canal Street near Greene Street. If you don’t know lower Manhattan, pull up a map online and see for yourself where that is. It’s two blocks away from the subway station, near the Sheraton Hotel and the post office. It would have been broad daylight, in rush hour, with people around.

Are there no witnesses or surveillance videos? Clearly the guy’s been severely injured. Also, per the Post: “Police confirmed Turan filed a police report but only said he was attacked by a man who punched him in the head and fled. He did not provide details about any statement the suspect may have made, nor that he was wearing a MAGA hat at the time, police said.” Why’d he leave out those details when reporting the incident to the cops?

I wonder if Trump’s going to pick this up and get on his nemesis, Bill de Blasio, for it. Stay tuned.

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New York Neighborhood Makes Pro-Police Statement After Anti-Police Soaking Videos Goes Viral

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At this moment, New York is in the news for two things. One is the anti-police trend of soaking police officers with water, and the other is Bill de Blasio. The soaking trend is bigger than de Blasio’s presidential run as many people seem to forget he’s a 2020 candidate, and the soaking trend is actually spreading to other cities than New York, unlike de Blasio’s popularity.

Videos have come out of both New York and Atlanta showing minority communities throwing water on officers as the officers attempt to calmly walk away. They do this as a show of disrespect and an attempt to make the officers react, which never plays well for police officers thanks in part to a left-leaning media.

However, it looks like another minority community is tacking the opposite route and using their water buckets to show police respect. According to News 12 in Brooklyn, Canarsie volunteers put on a car wash for police cruisers in order to show their solidarity and respect for law enforcement.

According to News 12, the event was a success with officers mingling with neighborhood volunteers as they got their police units washed with buckets of water that have so far only been used to disrespect officers.

“Those incidents, while they are unfortunate, I don’t believe it’s a reflection of the city as a whole,” said Terrel Anderson, the 69th District’s commanding officer.

“It’s a thankless job, but when you get the community to say thank you and to show their support, it just makes it that much easier to do a difficult job,” added Anderson.

“It’s a bridge,” said one of the volunteers. “We want the community and the cops to work together as one.”

 

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DoJ: No charges against police officer in Garner chokehold death

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Get ready for some protests this week after the Department of Justice ended a nearly five-year probe into the death of Eric Garner without filing any charges. When police tried to arrest the African-American man for illegal cigarette sales, an officer used a chokehold that the coroner concluded led to Garner’s death. Garner’s last words — “I can’t breathe” — became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter:

Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil-rights charges against a New York police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man, people familiar with the decision said Tuesday, five years after the incident became a flashpoint over race and policing across the U.S. …

After a state grand jury declined to indict the officer, the Justice Department opened an investigation into whether Mr. Pantaleo violated Mr. Garner’s civil rights when he placed him in an alleged chokehold.

The statute of limitations runs out tomorrow on any civil-rights violations that might have been charged. The length of the investigation gave a broad hint as to the difficulty of putting the case together. In order to prevail in court, prosecutors would have had to prove that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo intended to deprive Garner of his civil rights, a high bar that would be tough to clear in this case.

Or would it? NBC New York reports that William Barr made the final call over objections from attorneys in the Civil Rights Division:

U.S. Attorney General William Barr made the final decision, the official said, adopting the recommendation of prosecutors in Brooklyn. Lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, however, had a different view of the case and believed charges could have been pursued, according to two officials.

Get ready for more than just protests from House Democrats. On the heels of Donald Trump’s contretemps with the “Squad” over racism, Jerrold Nadler will want to dig into this decision and determine how Barr made it. It will give Nadler a huge opportunity to embarrass Barr and Trump and pontificate on racism, especially if CRD attorneys are willing to go on record with their objections to Barr’s decision.

However, Barr took the recommendation of the US Attorney in charge of the district, which would have had to carry the load in a prosecution. One official from the Eastern District explained that the case just wasn’t there:

The Justice Department’s decision, according to a senior official, was made by Attorney General William Barr, who took the Eastern District of New York’s recommendation not to prosecute over the department’s civil rights division’s recommendation to move forward with a prosecution.

“This should not have ended with the death of a person, but that’s a very different question than what’s presented to a prosecutor when deciding under the Justice manual whether a person should be indicted,” the official said. “You can’t watch the video and not feel great sympathy towards Eric Garner but then I think you have to impose a rigorous legal examination of the facts.”

The official said that once the department had determined that it could not establish the willful intent requirement, it did not seek to analyze elements like whether Pantaleo’s actions were not permissible or even reasonable under NYPD or other law enforcement policies. The official also acknowledged that the legal analysis surrounding Pantaleo’s actions would have been different had he been a civilian that had engaged in a chokehold against Garner.

This doesn’t mean Pantaleo is completely out of trouble. The NYPD has had Pantaleo on restricted duty with full pay since Garner’s death, but finally held a disciplinary hearing for him earlier this month. An administrative judge will make a recommendation to police commissioner James P. O’Neill as to what action to take with Pantaleo. Given that the NYPD barred the chokehold used by Pantaleo more than twenty years earlier and the massive protests coming, the officer had better have plans for his post-police career firmly in place.

Garner’s daughter blasted the DoJ, the NYPD, and especially Pantaleo in a presser after the announcement. “Pantaleo needs to be fired!” she shouted repeatedly, and added, “No justice, no peace”:

That will certainly charge the atmosphere in New York City. It’s tough to blame Emerald Garner for her anger and outrage, especially since there’s no more venues in which to channel them. The family won a wrongful-death claim against the city, so the DoJ was the last stop for specific accountability.

Perhaps hoping to calm matters, New York AG Letitia James pledged to continue the struggle … non-specifically:

Pantaleo might need to be worried that his criminal woes aren’t over yet either. James could go back and seek an indictment for murder if she feels that strongly about it. She would run into the same issues that the DoJ did, but James might be motivated to force the issue anyway. If she doesn’t, wouldn’t she also be “turning [her] back on seeking & serving justice”? That’s a provocative statement that almost promises action on this case in particular. Don’t be surprised if we hear about a new grand jury probe.

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Epstein skated on sex-offender check-ins, but checked in often at Hollywood parties

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As Mel Brooks once said, “It’s good to be king.” Every other Level 3 sex offender living in New York has to check in with the police every 90 days — unless, apparently, they have lots of money and powerful friends. Jeffrey Epstein has never once complied with New York state law, and the NYPD never did a thing about it, the New York Post reported last night:

After being labeled a worst-of-the-worst, Level 3 sex offender in 2011, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.

Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.

Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.

But the NYPD hasn’t required the billionaire financier — who owns a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse — to check in since he registered as a sex offender in New York over the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion.

The Post reports that rank-and-file NYPD officers are “shocked” to learn this, and not in an ironic Captain Louis Renault sort of way. It’s tough to credit too much shock in this case, though, because it’s come up before. In March, the Washington Post followed up on Epstein’s sex-offender regimens in multiple jurisdictions and found that he wasn’t being watched anywhere. In New Mexico, he wasn’t required to report at all:

The decision to charge Epstein with a crime involving an older teen — part of a plea deal that has already been criticized as overly lenient — has eased his obligations to register as a sex offender. In New Mexico, for instance, where Epstein has a 7,600-acre property called Zorro Ranch, he is not required to register because his victim was not under 16, state officials said.

In New York, however, a court ruled that Epstein’s ownership of a residence meant he was required to comply with reporting regulations commensurate with his Level 3 offender status. The Washington Post confirmed in March that Epstein hadn’t done so in nearly a decade, and that the police were aware of it:

At the 2011 hearing, Musumeci also argued that Epstein primarily lives in the Virgin Islands and maintains only a vacation home in New York City. “To require Mr. Epstein to register as a Level Three offender in New York would actually require him to come to New York more than he does normally, it would require him to come every 90 days and renew his registration,” she said.

Pickholz, again, was unmoved.

“I am sorry he may have to come here every 90 days” she said. “He can give up his New York home if he does not want to come every 90 days.”

New York City police see his obligations differently. Epstein does not have to check in every 90 days because he’s claimed the Virgin Islands as his primary residence, said detective Sophia Mason, a police spokeswoman. She said the last time Epstein checked in was in 2010, before the hearing.

As both reports make clear, that New York court ruling still stands, so it’s not at all clear why the NYPD has adopted Epstein’s losing argument that his Virgin Islands residence mooted the reporting requirements. According to the NY Post, the NYPD is pointing the finger at Cyrus Vance’s office, and Vance is pointing the finger right back at them:

The NYPD cop assigned to monitor Epstein has repeatedly complained to Vance’s Sex Crimes Unit that Epstein wasn’t in compliance, according to a source familiar with the matter.

But prosecutors told the cop to merely send Epstein a letter reminding him of his reporting requirement.

A Vance spokesman denied that allegation, saying “the NYPD — which is the agency responsible for monitoring SORA compliance — has repeatedly told us that Mr. Epstein was in full compliance with the law.”

“Our office vigorously prosecutes all failure-to-verify cases. Our prosecutors did not and would not discourage the NYPD from making an arrest,” Vance spokesman Danny Frost said.

Thus far, nothing in the indictment involves conduct since Epstein’s last plea deal. If it does, though, the lack of enforcement in New York will have lots of fingers pointing at both the NYPD and Vance. Had they arrested and charged Epstein with failing to register, would they have prevented any more girls from falling victim to him?

Even apart from that, this reeks of special treatment. How does an identified Level 3 sex offender get away with this kind of behavior, even after the Washington Post’s report exposed it? As noted above, it helps to have lots of influential friends in high places:

The billionaire, arrested July 6 for sex trafficking of minors, attended high-profile events like the ‘Batman v Superman’ premiere and frequented Oscar season parties even as the #MeToo movement took down other powerful figures.

On March 20, 2016, guests at Warner Bros.’ Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice premiere in New York began whispering about one man mingling among the A-list crowd. No, it wasn’t the film’s Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill, or Affleck’s hulking bodyguard, who almost knocked over the studio’s former marketing head Sue Kroll as the VIP area became too crowded.

The surprised looks were aimed at Jeffrey Epstein, who was being introduced to guests by New York society doyenne Peggy Siegal. When a Warners executive was asked at the time how a highly recognizable level-three registered sex offender landed the hottest ticket in town, the executive offered no comment. …

Even in the post-#MeToo era, Epstein, 66, frequently attended industry events, like the Gotham Awards in November 2017. Amid a climate where figures including Harvey Weinstein and CBS’ Leslie Moonves had instantly become persona non grata for alleged misconduct, Epstein had been convicted and still enjoyed film-world access. As he traveled behind the velvet rope with ease, his alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell was also embraced. At the time of Epstein’s conviction, Maxwell was not charged thanks to a highly controversial nonprosecution agreement.

This was particularly despicable, given the knowledge of Epstein’s crimes, but perhaps particularly unsurprising as well. Epstein quietly invested in films, buying his way into the circles of cultural power and making himself relatively indispensable to Hollywood. Epstein provides a creepy parallel to another Hollywood hero, Roman Polanski, whose own sex crimes were not all that dissimilar to Epstein’s except in scale. Only in the last year or so has Polanski fallen in Tinseltown lore from persecuted genius to disgusting sexual criminal, and even that transition hasn’t been entirely embraced yet.

Hollywood will have a lot to answer for when the Epstein tale gets its complete reveal. But in this case, it’s going to be secondary or tertiary to other corridors of power.

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When you drop your gun in front of the cops

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Just a quick hit to make the evening pass more pleasantly for you, involving our boys in blue in New York City. Specifically, these are the NY Transit Police, and they’re out there keeping Gotham residents safe, even from the stupidest people imaginable.

This story takes place inside of a Dunkin’ Donuts shop (because how could a cop story not involve a donut shop…) where three officers had stopped off for a short break. In strolls a gentleman who might possibly have looked familiar to the police. Not because he was a fellow first responder, but because he had multiple felony convictions. That made it rather problematic for him when he went to adjust his shorts and a loaded handgun fell onto the floor. His day went downhill from there. (CBS New York)

Of all the places in the world for a repeat felon to drop an illegal firearm on the floor, a cop-filled doughnut shop is pretty much the worst spot for that to happen.

Three NYPD Transit officers were at the Dunkin/Baskin Robbins shop on Surf Avenue in Coney Island on Sunday when they say another customer adjusted his pants and dropping a loaded handgun onto the floor.

The NYPD Transit police tweeted “Seriously, this actually happened.”

Somebody is on their way back to the crowbar hotel. Sadly, there was no security video available of the epic fail taking place, but the local CBS Outlet has this short bit of coverage with all the players involved.

As mentioned in the report, the Transit Police tweeted about the incident as soon as it happened.

Kind of amazing that this guy was walking around with a loaded weapon when he has multiple felonies on his record. Did no one tell him that it’s illegal for him to own a gun? Must have been some sort of misunderstanding is all I can figure.

Anyway, you’ve heard us report that New York City has a vastly lower murder and gun crime rate than Baltimore, despite having nearly fifteen times the population. I normally assume that it’s because of superior police work. But after this report, I’m starting to wonder if it’s actually just because they have the stupidest criminals. Or possibly a combination of both. Anyway, enjoy the tale.

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Bill de Blasio Gets Absolutely Raked By New York City Police Officers After Debate

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Bill de Blasio has no business running for President but he’s going to try anyway and last night’s performance at the debate was awkward to say the least. He spent most of the night yelling and trying to interrupt everyone, including the moderators who quickly cut to commercial at one point after one of his outbursts.

On substance, de Blasio wasn’t any better. He gave some answers in a discussion about guns that didn’t sit well with New York Police Officers.

That’s the NYC Police Benevolence Association, which represents over 50,000 current and former officers. They help advocate and take care of the needs of those serving in the nation’s largest city.

De Blasio’s answers were typical fare from him. He basically blamed police for everything, hence the “we need to have a conversation about policing” nonsense. He made claims that simply aren’t true about New York’s crime rates. He tried to claim that he “runs the largest police force in the country.” While that may be true technically in a hierarchical sense, he doesn’t actually “run” anything. He lords over them to the point where most of the NYPD hate his guts.

The only way to combat crime is more policing, not this feel good rhetoric about building relationships. We saw that in the 90’s when increased policing led to the greatest drop in violent crime in modern history, of which we are still seeing the benefits of today. But because inter-sectionalism has overtaken everything on the left, common sense no longer applies. The less policing in these poor neighborhoods, the higher crime rates go and the more minority individuals are harmed or killed. Yet, it’s seen as compassionate and woke to just blame police.

De Blasio is a joke at this point. He knows it and everyone else knows it. The only thing more ironic than him running for President is that he’d no doubt get re-elected if the law allowed him to run for Mayor of New York again.

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