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January 06, 2015

Two More NYC Cops Shot; Suspects Arrested

Do cops' lives matter? I guess not.

The cops were hospitalized but lived.

[T]he officers were coming off their shift when they and three other plainclothes officers responded to a report of a robbery at a deli on nearby 180th St. [in the Bronx.] Two men entered the store wearing masks, robbed the store and left with a duffel bag full of cash, police said at a press conference Tuesday.

The suspects were later identified as Jason Polanco and Joshua Kemp, police said.

The officers, part of an anti-crime unit, began canvassing the area and were in a car when they spotted two possible suspects in the robbery. One suspect, believed to be Polanco, ducked into a Chinese restaurant.

When the officers got out and approached Kemp, Polanco opened fire from the restaurant, forcing the officers to shoot back. Police said a bullet from Polanco's gun wounded Kemp, passing through Kemp's bicep and striking an officer.

The suspects fled, and Polanco fired more rounds at the officers, according to police. Kemp fled on foot and Polanco carjacked a white Camaro, which was later found abandoned, police said. A revolver was recovered nearby.

Meanwhile, the police are essentially on strike (but collecting their paychecks) with arrests for minor crimes and parking and moving violations citations down ninety or more percent.

This is kind of interesting, because the immediate impact this will have on New York City is as regards revenue. A lot of the stuff being cut down on is essentially nasty taxes being imposed on the peasants by the Sheriff's men. And now the Sheriff's men are striking -- should the peasants mourn the passing of the undeclared taxation regime?

Or should they insist that it remain this way, forever?

Officers made half as many arrests in the seven days through Sunday as in the same week a year ago. In the entire city, 347 criminal summonses were written, down from 4,077 a year ago, according to police statistics. Parking and traffic tickets also dropped by more than 90 percent.

Most precincts' weekly tallies for criminal infractions were close to zero: In Coney Island, the precinct covering that neighborhood did not record a single parking ticket, traffic summons or ticket for a low-level crime like public urination or drinking, the statistics showed.


We may not be upset to see the Armed Shakedown types of infractions no longer enforced, but failure to enforce criminal laws will eventually have in impact. It's too early to say if it's had an impact yet, but an innumerate and unschooled organization -- such as the New York Times -- could make such a claim:

During the first week of the enforcement declines, in fact, crime went down. But in the second week, the statistics showed an uptick: Robberies rose 13.5 percent over the week, to 361 from 318 a year ago. Murders increased to 11 for the week that ended Sunday, from seven in the same week a year earlier.

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