NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A drastic drop in arrests across New York City is raising eyebrows as Mayor Bill de Blasio met with leaders of the city’s five police unions on Tuesday.
In the week since the deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the numbers of arrests in some areas have dropped dramatically compared to the same week last year, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
According to statistics released by the NYPD, felony assault arrests have dipped 44 percent. Drug arrests made by the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau have plunged 83 percent while arrests for minor crimes, like public drinking and summonses for traffic violations, have plummeted more than 93 percent.
The NYPD denies the existence of a coordinated work slowdown as part of a continuing rift between the police force and de Blasio since the officers’ deaths.
The NYPD says the drop in arrests is due to a combination of officers grieving and being on edge after the fatal shootings of Liu and Ramos and not making unnecessary stops and summonses.
Ramos and Liu were ambushed and killed as they sat in their patrol car Dec. 20.
Prior to the shooting, the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote in an Instagram post that he would put “wings on pigs” and made references to Eric Garner and Michael Brown.