Grind for February 13th
“The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.”
– Albert Einstein
NYPD declares war on Mayor Bill de Blasio
Police officers in New York City are finally calling out Mayor Bill de Blasio for his anti-police attitude.
“Mayor de Blasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” tweeted the NYPD sergeants’ union. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you…This isn’t over, Game on!”
The comments follow two assassination attempts this weekend: one against two officers in a marked patrol van and another inside the 41st Precinct’s nation house.
Two officers were injured in the attacks, but there were no fatalities.
The gunman, who was responsible for both attacks, was taken into custody and identified as Robert Williams, an ex-con who served 15 years for an attempted murder conviction from a 2002 shooting. In that case, Williams stole a vehicle, crashed it, and then engaged in a shootout with police. He was released on parole in 2017.
This week, Williams was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest.
“These targeted attacks are exactly what we have warned against, again and again,” says New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. “The hatred and violence directed at cops continues to grow…Our elected officials need to start listening to us and working with us – not against us – to fix the deteriorating environment on our streets.”
De Blasio’s office issued a statement describing the union’s comments as “reprehensible,” while de Blasio himself praised the “heroism and extraordinary skill” of the officers who were able to bring Williams into custody.
“This vicious assassination attempt is the second one we’ve seen in 24 hours – and an attack on our NYPD officers is an attack on all New Yorkers,” said de Blasio. “This despicable hatred is an attempt to divide our city and undermine our safety. We cannot and will not let that happen.”
Unfortunately the division about which de Blasio speaks has already happened as a result of state and local policies that make officers’ lives more difficult. Foremost among these policies is the designation of New York City as a sanctuary city, which means cops are told not to cooperate with ICE.
Last month, a 92-year-old woman was raped by an illegal immigrant who was released from custody even though ICE sought to deport him.
In 2017, de Blasio announced plans to close the jails on Riker’s Island and reduce the jail population to 5,000, transitioning inmates to a borough-based system. In 2019, state lawmakers voted to end cash bail for most criminal suspects. De Blasio has also overseen the continuing decrease of stop and frisk.
In the meantime, robberies are up 39% YoY, shootings are up 29%, and car theft is up 72%. These increases “are the result of failed leadership and a political culture that denigrates and devalues the work police officers do,” argues Lynch.
The attacks against police officers could be related to recent protests against excessive use of force by police, notes Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“These things are not unrelated…Anyone who spews hatred at our officers is aiding and abetting this kind of atmosphere,” says Shea. “You could protest for whatever you believe in, but you cannot vilely attack those who are here to protect us. It creates this kind of dynamic.”
More than 100 US soldiers are suffering traumatic brain injuries from a January attack in Iraq
Iranian forces on January 8th attacked a US base in Iraq as revenge for the death of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general who was killed earlier that month by a US drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport.
President Trump claimed no Americans were injured in the January 8th attacks. Weeks later, reports from the Pentagon confirmed at least 34 service members were injured.
At the end of January, CNN confirmed that 50 service member had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting from the attack. This week, that number increased to 109.
TBIs are caused by sudden damage to the brain, such as motorcycle crashes, falls, assaults, and explosive blasts. Injuries range from headaches and mild concussions to permanent brain damage. In some cases, it can take days or weeks for symptoms to appear.
When asked about TBIs last month, President Trump said, “I heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things, but I would say and I can report that it’s not very serious…I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries I have seen.”
In this case, the injuries were likely caused by sudden atmospheric changes resulting from the ballistic missiles fired at the base. Of the 106 soldiers diagnosed with injuries, 76 have returned to duty.
“As the number of reported TBIs continue to rise, it’s vital we have a plan to treat these injured service members,” tweeted GOP lawmaker Joni Ernst (IA). “I’ve called on the Pentagon to ensure the safety and care of our deployed forces who may be exposed to blast injuries in Iraq. We need answers.”
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