As of this week, the death toll from the coronavirus in New York City has passed 2,400, with more than 65,000 other cases being tracked. Whether or not the “peak” has been reached remains a matter of debate, but the epidemic does appear to be running its course. Sadly, even once the virus has burned itself out in Gotham, there’s another epidemic on the way, at least according to one law enforcement official with plenty of experience in the matter.
Bill Bratton has twice served as the Police Commissioner of New York City, most recently leaving the office in 2016. He’s credited with originally instituting the “broken windows” policy that massively reduced crime in the Big Apple starting in the mid-90s. He’s also served as Chief of Police for Los Angeles. In other words, the guy knows a thing or two about urban crime. Now Bratton is back in New York and he’s warning that the next virus after the current pandemic will be a “crime virus” caused by the recently passed bail reform laws. (NY Post)
Former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned that New York could face a “crime virus” thanks to the state legislature’s bungled overhaul of the controversial bail reform bill.
“They are not doing enough,” Bratton told host John Catsimatidis on his AM-970 radio show “The Cat’s Roundtable” in an interview that aired Sunday. “I’d expressed a concern when the initial reforms came out, they were poorly written, poorly conceived and being poorly implemented.”
“I worried that if they started tinkering with it once again and needed to ‘reform the reforms,’ that they would make even more of a mess of it — and they’ve done it,” Bratton said.