New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea certainly comes up with some wacky ideas, doesn’t he? This week the Commissioner rolled out yet another crazy proposal. Maybe… just maybe… the city should be locking up people who are found to be committing crimes with illegal guns or found to be in possession of them. I know. Totally nuts, right? After all, this is New York City we’re talking about here. Gotham is more focused on emptying the jails and defunding the police. Why would they want to start locking up gangbangers who are armed to the teeth? Let’s check in and see what led to this harebrained idea. (New York Post)
In a meeting Thursday with The Post’s Editorial Board, Shea pleaded for a tougher approach to getting illegal guns off the streets, whether through tweaks to current law or by bolstering the way the laws are carried out by prosecutors, judges, parole officers and the entire criminal-justice system.
“I’ll ask for one thing under the Christmas tree,” says Shea. “We need to get serious about guns.” The NYPD devotes “much” of its resources toward that, but “we need help.”
You bet they do: Violent crime is through the roof, with shootings running at twice last year’s rate and murders up almost 40 percent. Car thefts and burglaries are spiking, too.
Shae dared to engage in even more forbidden speech with the editorial board this week. He specifically said that the city’s biggest law enforcement problem is “gang members with guns, usually between the ages of 14 and 30. ” You’ll want to be careful Commissioner. Talk like that in Gotham will land you in hot water. If you bring up the city’s gang violence problem you are obviously a racist.