PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said: “It is now clear that there we have a public safety emergency in New York City. New Yorkers need to reject Mayor de Blasio’s easy excuses. Bail reform is not the only problem here. The double-digit increases in shootings, robberies, burglary and thefts aren’t the product of any single law or policy. They are the result of failed leadership and a political culture that denigrates and devalues the work police officers do.
This is what happens when our city leaders sit silent or issue weak, belated statements when the mob in the street chants for ‘dead cops.’ For the past six years, Mayor de Blasio and many other elected officials have sent a single, clear message about their lack of support for law enforcement. And these terrible statistics show that the criminals of New York have heard that message, loud and clear.”