De Blasio v. NYPD: The Battle for Public Opinion
Stillwater brought this up yesterday but it deserves a discussion thread of its own. The New York Post reports that the NYPD are engaged in an extreme work stoppage and arrests for traffic violations and other minor concerns have plummeted. Unlike the Post, Reason thinks this is a good thing and welcomes the breathing room for liberty. The New York Times has written two editorials about how the police are having a tantrum and squandered their respectability. Gawker also criticized the NYPD for being sulky teenagers.
The question is who will win the war between the NYPD and the Cops. I’ve pointed out before but the NYPD has a history of treating every Mayor as the enemy since sometime in the early 1990s.
The siege mentality seems to be partially a union tactic and partially a psychological state. One of my theories is that the Union has won most battles when it comes to issues like pay and quality of life but now the battles are going to be for how they get to conduct their job and doing so with minimal oversight.
The Demographics of NYC have changed a lot in the past two decades. The city is no longer majority white and I imagine that the NYPD is playing to a city that no longer really exists. The majority of white NYPD officers do not live in New York City.
De Blasio can probably survive this onslaught in NYC. It is a good sign that many media outlets are calling the NYPD out for their behavior and have been doing so since the fight began. There is a possibility that this can hurt or destroy any ambition that De Blasio had for a bigger political office. The NY Post angle might not play well in NYC anymore but it does play well in large sections of New York State and the rest of the country.
Photo Image: One Police Plaza from Wikimedia Commons.