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Ex-NYPD Officer: Police Slowdown Hits de Blasio in the Wallet

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 03:29 PM

A steep drop in the number of traffic tickets issued by New York City police could hurt Mayor Bill de Blasio financially and politically if the slowdown continues as a form of protest by police against the mayor, former NYPD officer and investigative blogger John Cardillo told Newsmax TV on Monday.

City cops are delivering a "punch in the wallet" to the de Blasio administration that could drain away hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually — "and that's very impactful when he runs for re-election," Cardillo told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"Cops are smart and they understand the mayor, like every other politician, is judged very strongly on how they balance their books and how the economy of the city looks at the end of their term," said Cardillo.

The fall-off in ticketing and arrests for minor offenses comes as the NYPD continued another, more symbolic protest against the mayor — with scores of officers again turning their backs to de Blasio on Sunday at the funeral of a slain officer, Wenjian Liu.

Cardillo said the back-turning, despite a plea from Police Commissioner William Bratton to not repeat the gesture, was not a rebuke to Bratton but to his boss, the mayor, for comments that fostered an anti-police climate culminating in the Dec. 20 murders of Liu and fellow officer Rafael Ramos.

"The cops understand Commissioner Bratton is appointed by Mayor De Blasio and that the mayor is ultimately calling the shots here," said Cardillo.

Rank-and-file officers interpreted Bratton's plea as a message from the mayor "using the commissioner as a surrogate," and responded with another show of turned backs, he said.
Cardillo said that the stand-off between the NYPD and de Blasio has rippled through police forces across the country, creating a strong sense of solidarity in the ranks that was visible at Liu's funeral.

"I would say of the 20-or-so thousand police officers that lined the streets for POs Rafael Ramos' and Wenjian Liu's funerals, we have seen about half of them from other jurisdictions around the country, and they joined the NYPD in turning their backs on Bill de Blasio," he said.

Cardillo disagreed with critics who have said the back-turnings were political or disrespectful to the New Yorkers who they are sworn to serve and protect, and who are represented by their elected mayor.

Comparing the gesture to sometimes violent anti-police protests of recent weeks, he said.

"These police officers … peacefully and respectfully turn their backs."

He also said that de Blasio still needs to deliver the apology deserved by police if he expects to overcome the furor.

"These politicians that have pandered to the far left, that have engaged in this incendiary rhetoric, need to apologize and need to do 180s," said Cardillo. "They really need to reverse what they've said and need to reinforce the need for police, the importance of the police, and most importantly the respect for police."

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A steep drop in the number of traffic tickets issued by New York City police could hurt Mayor Bill de Blasio financially and politically if the slowdown continues as a form of protest by police against the mayor, former NYPD officer and investigative blogger John Cardillo told Newsmax TV on Monday.
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