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Mayor de Blasio Promises to ‘Flood’ Times Square With Police After Second Shooting

Mayor de Blasio Promises to ‘Flood’ Times Square With Police After Second Shooting

Mayor de Blasio and the City Council were just spitting in the NYPD’s face last year. Now they want the police. Who would have thunk it?!

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promises to “flood the zone” with police in Times Square after a shooting injured a tourist.

De Blasio and the City Council slashed $1 billion from the NYPD in the budget they passed in July 2020.

We’ve documented the rise in crime in New York City since then. Victims started questioning if the city should defund the police.

De Blasio wants New York City to open after a yearlong COVID shutdown, but I guess cutting the police will not work in one of the most popular tourist spots in the country.

Chief of Department Rodney Harrison and de Blasio announced the Times Square Safety Action Plan this morning. It includes 50 additional police officers in the area and undercover officers as well:

“Bottom line is, we are going to flood the zone in Times Square with additional officers,” de Blasio said during his daily virtual press briefing.
“We have more and more tourists coming back, they have to be safe and feel safe.”

He called the terrifying incident Sunday — when a Marine from upstate New York was struck by a stray bullet as two groups of men argued outside the Marriott Hotel — “unacceptable” and that New York “will not tolerate it.”

“It has to be safe,” de Blasio said of the tourism hub. “We’re going to be adding additional officers to make it safer.”

“We cannot let it have a negative effect” on tourism, the mayor added. “That’s the bottom line. It’s mission critical to get this right.”

“The recovery we’re seeing now is very, very strong, and it’s going to keep happening, and we’re going to do a lot to make sure it happens.”

The shooting occurred supposedly between CD peddlers, but the NYPD does not have a motive yet.

Harrison said: “After this shooting and the shooting that we had a couple of weeks ago, it’s important that we put a lot more of a police presence over there, trying to engage some of the issues we’re seeing with these soliciting or aggressive panhandling of CDs.”

The NYPD released a video of the shooting on June 27 and a photo of the suspect.

The suspect allegedly shot Marine Samuel Poulin, who was with his wife and brother-in-law, outside of a hotel. The ricocheted bullet struck him in the back. Thankfully, Poulin is recovering in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Poulin graduated from The Citadel with honors.


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He is just getting ready to blame the NYPD for the violence. He will then request federal police.

Morning Sunshine | June 28, 2021 at 6:19 pm

exactly – flood the police to do what exactly? arrest people? Ask them nicely to stop? Will they have authority to use force to stop the violence? Why bother arresting if they will be released without bail within 24 hours? Will the police even try very hard when they know that if anyone is hurt, the officer will be demonized and his (her) life ruined?

Killed by a stray bullet from an argument? That’s one hell of an argument.

NJ observer | June 28, 2021 at 7:12 pm

Welcome to Escape From New York, 2021. No bail, no jail and the only ones allowed to conceal carry are the criminals. But…..we need more gun laws.

Joey Williams | June 28, 2021 at 7:26 pm

BLM and Antifa should also “flood the zone”, to show that they won’t tolerate such aggressive, racist policing policies. It’s worked well in Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, … /sarc off

Send in the social workers.

Stop & Frisk worked, therefore it had to be stopped.

Worst mayor evahh!

So now the neighborhoods not experiencing economic recovery will have even less police protection?

liberal reimagining of policing is proof positive that while society is not perfect, it’s so much easier to screw up than to make right. Especially when you’re incompetent fools.

There is a short list of cities I no longer plan to visit again. New York is one. SF is another. Unfortunately I have a brother who lives in downtown Portland, so sadly I will go there once a year. But for all the others in the news – nope. Not worth it.

JusticeDelivered | June 28, 2021 at 9:24 pm

I suspect that it is too late to salvage NYC.

    NYC is the canary in the coal mine.

    broomhandle in reply to JusticeDelivered. | June 28, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I think NYC will be ok. But, it will be a much longer path to recovery since there will likely be another bad mayor. When New Yorkers are willing to fill up jails with violent apes again, NYC will suddenly be a great place again.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to broomhandle. | June 28, 2021 at 10:38 pm

      Look at Chicago

      “When New Yorkers are willing to fill up jails with violent apes again…”

      An ape is running the city.
      It will take a generation or two to rescue NY – maybe. But then, by the time that happens, civil war will have broken out in America.

      ConradCA in reply to broomhandle. | June 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      It’s going to take a lot more than putting criminals in prison to improve NYC. The problem is the progressive fascists living in the city. They need to suffer a catastrophe that is caused by their policies. Like having half the city burned down and looted with ten’s of thousands murdered by criminals.

        Julian A Smith in reply to ConradCA. | June 29, 2021 at 2:54 pm

        I agree—it appears that it’s ONLY when the Liberal scum begin to taste the medicine they’re shoving down the throats of others that, suddenly, the hypocrites begin to reconsider the effects of their policies.

Polls show dems losing minority voters overwhelmingly over defunding the cops.
I guess no one really likes criminals except the dem party

I couldn’t understand 40 years ago why anyone would want to spend any more time in NYC than it takes to drive to/from JFK and anywhere else in the Northeast, and I don’t feel any differently now – except that I don’t fly into JFK anymore.

Black crime has become a national epidemic. Most of the criminals seem to be so uneducated as to be incapable of survival in a modern world. Diseducation is a product of dysfunctional school boards and teachers.
These near animals do not have real homes. Society must find a solution.

    Whitewall in reply to puhiawa. | June 29, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Thank a teacher?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to puhiawa. | June 29, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Learning is too hard, especually math is too hard.

    Julian A Smith in reply to puhiawa. | June 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    No, I strongly disagree with your assessment. Do NOT offer up any part of society as the first line of defense that failed the little bastards! That ‘honor’ goes to the parents who failed to instill and model proper values in the home.

    ConradCA in reply to puhiawa. | June 30, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    It’s not race, it’s culture the ghetto gangster culture that drives this crime. Those that embrace the ghetto gangster culture choose not to work for an education because education has no value for them. They choose to leach off society on welfare because it’s easier than working for a living. They choose to commit crimes because it’s easier than working for a living. They choose poorly an fail at life. We need to end welfare for those able to work so they will be forced to make better choices.

      ConradCA in reply to ConradCA. | June 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Everyone should read this article that the progressive fascists are attempting to suppress:

      The truth is usually a tough thing to accept, so I understand if this is flagged. It would be a cowardly thing to do, but I understand it. Some people just ignore unpleasant truths. However, if you think ignoring the problem, or trying to censor the truth, will help our black children improve, you’re dreaming. This is important, so I’m happy to repost – indefinitely if necessary. I find it interesting that NO ONE has had the intellect to refute anything in the essay. They can only attempt to censor it, as if doing so somehow makes it invalid. Weak minds, weak minds.

      Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state.

      The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like “chaotic” or “poor learning environment” or “lack of discipline” do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.

      Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock.

      One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point — something that occurs to even the dimmest white students — blacks just tried to yell over each other.

      It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.

We have family in NY and stopped visiting years ago,, they come to our homes instead. Even they HATE what the Lunatic Liberals have done to the city. It’s a Cesspool filled with Trash, Filth and Crime. You take a chance even breathing !!

Another dazzling urbanite…

barbiegirl ny | June 29, 2021 at 10:05 am

The degenerate, corrupt New York government causes the problem, then swoops in to “solve” the problem. What friggin’ heroes, huh? Hey, New York, how’s that Andrew Cuomo investigation going? In New York you can literally get away with both murder and sexual assault….providing you’re in the right political party.

    Julian A Smith in reply to barbiegirl ny. | June 29, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    To barbiegirl ny: The one negative “down vote” was mine and IT WAS A MISTAKE! Once before I have complained to Legal Insurrection that a mistake made in their voting system DOESN’T ALLOW FOR CORRECTION. The “up” or “down” vote buttons are spaced too closely together when one is typing on an iPhone, as I am right now. I, in fact, AGREE with your comment. To Legal Insurrection: Please allow us to undo an unintended vote. *Second Request.*

Plot twist: He self-identifies as a white supremacist.

An invitation to a setup. Deja vu. The officers should heed history and be critical of their political paymasters and social elites who subscribe to the Pro-Choice religion.