THIS SUMMER OF DISCONTENT
“Outside the street's on fire in a real
From “Jungleland” by Bruce Springsteen
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NYPD Strategic Response Group, Disorder Control Unit,
Mass Demonstrations, Random Destruction, Vandalism,
and Violence, Historical Perspective,
(Thursday July 16, 2020, Midtown North) We have seen this horribly distorted anarchic dance before. Certainly, the NYPD has within our collective memory banks the recollections of such turbulence, anti-Police street warfare, and the shotgun merging of disjointed factions of malcontents delivering the shit bombs of social unrest and violence onto our streets under the guise of “social justice”. Oh yes, we have seen this frenzied dance before. Legitimate protesters clear the way for scumbag looters, rioters, and those infected with a criminal instinct in an effort to deliver a nightmare scenario as the nights comes in. The darkness conceals what the next mornings light will reveal. Broken store windows, vile graffiti, embers of dying fires, shattered glass from attacked NYPD vehicles, and looted goods strewn across some of most famous thoroughfares. The acrid aroma of the previous night’s chaos lingers and the daily headlines describe the transpiring events that marked the early morning hours. While most of Our City slept the NYPD constricted, and effectively isolated the skirmish lines to a few limited pockets of lawlessness.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
On Memorial Day, May 25th, a White Minneapolis Police Officer was filmed pinning a Black suspect, George Floyd, to the pavement shortly after responding to a 911 call. The senior Officer at the scene Officer Derek Chauvin used his body weight as he kept his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd. For nearly nine minutes Chauvin applied his body weight pressure even as Mr. Floyd repeatedly begged for relief saying several times, “I can’t breathe”. The scene was captured on cellphone video by many bystanders. The other three Officers who accompanied Chauvin appeared to stand idly by as the life and death crisis unfolded. Mr. Floyd was pronounced dead within an hour at a local hospital. Within hours as the sunset a crowd began to gather in front of the Cup Foods market, the scene of Mr. Floyd’s death. It did not take long for the first small fire to be lit, to hear the first sounds of neighborhood shop windows being broken. As the night wore on the crowd turned into a mob, a mob hellbent on destruction. As is always the case the looters came out and had carte blanche in their thieving; the Minneapolis Police Department was instructed to basically “Stand Down” and allow the unrest to escalate unabated. On the third night of the upheaval rioters managed to gain access to a Police Precinct and burn it to the ground. It was this act of surrender that would define the riot that followed not only in Minneapolis but in cities large and small across the country. The Minneapolis Police Department will forever have this shameful episode of blatant abdication as a dark chapter of failure as part of their legacy.
THE PEBBLE IN THE POND
The death of George Floyd was the proverbial pebble in the pond. A small piece of stone dropped into a small urban pond that caused a cascading series of social unrest that rippled across the country from coast to coast. Night after night as late June turned into July “peaceful demonstrators” would march in our cities streets while the nights grew ever more hazardous to life and property as many communities with little to no previous experience with crowd control tactics became literal hotbeds of random and coordinated violence and looting. Oh yeah, there is ALWAYS looting. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King once said that “Rioting is the voice of the oppressed”. That may be so. However, vandalism, destruction, and looting are the language of the opportunistic criminal element.
the weeks immediately following the worst of the rioting have given way to a
more sober approach by many “activists” and “neighborhood organizers” in the
Black Lives Matter movement and associated but less well defined “causes”, the
mainstream media and commentators, analysts, and assorted “experts” and
“academics” have sought to piece what they see has a simplistic puzzle into a
coherent explanatory mosaic. But the
world is not quite that simple despite how much such people wish it were. They are seemingly preoccupied with weaving
together a broad range of issues with an unwieldy needle. Their determination to complete the mosaic
includes weaving in the devastating effects of the Corona Virus across the
country and particularly in the Black and Brown communities, the severe
economic impact in those communities, a federal and local government who do not truly represent their issues.
HOLDING THE LINE
It did not take long for the ripples of near-anarchic lawlessness to invade the streets of Our City. On the weekend after George Floyd’s death, the hierarchy in 1PP sent an e-mail to all Members of Service (MOS) to “get your uniform ready”, that all MOS from every Command, Bureau, Unit, and Squad to be prepared to respond to any Precinct, in full uniform including “hats and bats” - (Riot helmets and Batons). The top brass in the Department was fully aware that it was just a matter of time, literally hours not days, before the criminal and social unrest would be unleashed on our streets. There is hands down no better trained and equipped Police Department in the country prepared for such widespread disorder (more to come on this at a later date). The Disorder Control Unit and its subsidiary Strategic Response Group have largely mastered the tactical and strategic art and science of mass demonstrations and the violent unrest that is certain to follow.
The challenge during this period of time was that there were “multiple hotspots” requiring NYPD intervention from Manhattan to Brooklyn. The upheaval in The Bronx was primarily the “typical” opportunistic vandalism and looting that was quickly extinguished relative to the huge throngs of people of various ideologies and violent intent that invaded sections of Brooklyn around the Barclays Center, in McCarren Park, Grand Army Plaza, and Crown Heights. In Manhattan several very large groups of marchers made their way along the West Side Highway toward Columbus Circle, from 110th Street and Central Park West to Washington Square Park, and several times they marched back and forth across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. There is nothing “peaceful” about obstructing the traffic on our City’s main thoroughfares, impeding the flow of Emergency Response Agencies including the FDNY – EMS, and NYPD. The looting was most severe just blocks from here in Midtown Manhattan, Times and Herald Squares, the locations of some of the most famous, iconic retailers including Macys.
As our City has poised for the next phase of “Reopening” from the last remaining Covid-19 restrictions the rioting has taken on a far more deadly, sinister complexion. In what has seemingly become nightly occurrences the rate of gun-related crime has soared, direct attacks on MOS of the NYPD have risen to unprecedented levels, and the hard fought and won victories in sharply curtailing violent crime over the last 25 years is rapidly dissipating in the summer heat. The facts on the ground are in no way a reflection of the men and women of the NYPD. Not at all. The widespread disorder and violence can be laid directly in the lap of the useless Mayor, Bill de Blasio.
The hapless Mayor embarrasses himself daily while holding during press conferences. He is completely devoid of any understanding about Our City, the diversity and complexities that are unique to NYC. His politics, for lack of a better word, and pursuant policies as stated in his press conferences expose a man epically unfit for the Office he now holds. It has become grossly obvious in a short period of time how his liberal views skew his approach regarding how Our City is governed, the role of the NYPD, and his disgusting desire to appease the left-wing extremists, even those who have perpetrated acts of wanton civil disruption and frenzied turbulence on our streets.
We have lived through long hot summers many times in the history of Our City. Those of us of a certain age can remember all too vividly those long-ago days when it felt that NYC was transforming into an armed encampment by radical groups. Their goals and objectives may have varied but their tactics were the same. We suffered through race riots several times in the 1960’s, as well as many anti-Vietnam war demonstrations. We knew days of palpable fear in Our subways and the long burning inferno that leveled large swathes of the South Bronx from arson. There were two summers when a faceless murderous entity who called himself the “Son of Sam” roamed the hot, still, muggy nights searching for prey around various “lovers’ lanes”. Yes, in many ways this is a dance we have seen before. Perhaps among the social phenomenon that does distinguish today from those similar epochs are the facts that much of the violence is organized by technology. Like-minded people can rapidly communicate and coordinate their activities via “smart phones” and a range of social media “apps” that serve as meeting places. What are now designated as “flash mobs” can appear very quickly as organizers can instantly orchestrate their adherent’s movements, hide caches of crude but effective weapons such as bricks, baseball bats, and Molotov cocktails to be used against the MOS of the NYPD.
Is what is transpiring in several large cities across the country a harbinger for the future happenings in NYC? If so, we very well may be doing battle with this civil and social turmoil for quite some time. In cities such as Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky just to name a few, the protests persist with varying degrees of militancy. Indeed, we may be compelled to more aggressively operate to protect the greater good of NYC and all Our people in every Borough and Command. It may be a long, hot, protracted deployment of “Hats and Bats”.
May the Good Lord Protect
The Men and Women of The NYPD
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