The machine that pumps revenue into the city and reassurance back into its ruling class is slowly creeping back to life. “The slowdown is over in the sense that the numbers are starting to go back up again,” Commissioner Bratton told reporters on Friday, adding that he expects our court system to be clogged with turnstile jumpers and open container tickets “by early next week.” To ensure the return to normalcy, NYPD leaders are preventing any officer from taking vacation leave or lunch breaks until low-level enforcement increases.
The Post reports that any officer who doesn’t write tickets is also subject to transfer.
“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens.
“And the majority of [new] summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way.
The lieutenant ordered sector cars from throughout the precinct to converge at Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue for a driver checkpoint, the officer said.
No one was to return to the precinct or even take a meal break until two summonses were logged, the officer said.
“To have all the manpower utilized for the sole purpose of writing summonses is a very dangerous way to utilize manpower,” he said. “This is not what we’re out here for.”
So much for Broken Windows as "a highly discretionary police activity."
Neoliberalism writes itself into the system in such a manner that, even if politicians are elected with the willpower to break it or a group of people try and throw a wrench into the system, it will still reinforce itself from other angles and eventually win. Case in point. Cities have been deprived of significant tax revenue in an effort to attract businesses and the rich or suffer Detroit-like collapse. Instead, they make up for this revenue shortfall with alternative means, like selling themselves out to prison companies or having cops go around and shake people down as though they were roving barbarian tribes from millennia ago. Cops, fed up with rightly being demonized for their horrific and destructive actions and unable to prevent the backlash with force, decided to try and work-to-rule. Now, their strike is being broken, the same as every strike in the neoliberal system, proving that not even Capitalism’s guards have that privilege now.