O'Reilly: 'Civilian Lives Will Be Lost' in Apparent NYPD 'Slowdown'
Bill O’Reilly tonight said that the NYPD is conducting a slowdown in protest of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
For the seven-day period ending Jan. 4 compared to last year, New York City saw a 92 percent drop in criminal summonses issued. O’Reilly said that means that traffic tickets, moving violations and low-level offenses – like drinking in public – are being ignored. New York City took in an estimated $550 million in parking fines alone last year, so O’Reilly said it appears that police are hitting de Blasio “right in the pocketbook.”
“The police believe Mayor de Blasio is putting their lives in danger by embracing the likes of Al Sharpton, [who is] an anti-police provocateur and always has been. So the cops say if the mayor and the city council of New York are going to put us in danger, we are going to retaliate,” O’Reilly said.
“The Factor” host called Police Commissioner William Bratton a “walking tight-rope” who is caught in the middle. He said that Bratton could be fired at any time for defying the mayor, but that he also doesn’t have the ear of his department.
“Police officers are sending Bratton a message as well, and that message is we're not going to tolerate politicians who put our lives in danger. Unfortunately, civilian lives will be lost in the process,” O’Reilly predicted. “Street criminals now know they can carry weapons without being frisked, they can commit low-level crimes with impunity, and they can behave in a menacing way without consequence.”
According to O’Reilly, “uber-liberal” de Blasio has alienated and endangered the NYPD “almost in record time.”
“It is a stunning display of incompetence,” he said.
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