Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton took to the airwaves on Sunday to lambast “woke” prosecutors and politicians for destroying NYPD’s ability to police the city.
“As the famous Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, once said, ‘Déjà vu all over again,’” Bratton said.
“What’s happening today in America [in] 2022 reminds me very much of what was happening in the late ’80s and early ’90s in this country and in New York,” he added.
“The cause of our current crime problem … is political,” he said. “The idea that so many of our legislators, governors, mayors around the country and in Washington are much more focused on the rights of defendants and less focused on the rights of the victims. We have seen this horrific breakdown in the criminal justice system.”
The former top cop expressed shock about recent NYPD data showing a 37% increase in major crimes citywide.
“I never in my lifetime expected to ever see numbers like that for New York City,” Bratton told an interviewer.
He added, “Things … will get worse. That is my prediction.”
“I don’t see this being a very peaceful summer … either in New York or in the country, ” he said, referencing concern shared by Adams that shootings will increase this summer as they historically do during the warmer months.
Bratton ended the segment by wishing Mayor Eric Adams’ “luck” with dealing a criminal justice system that is a “mess” created by state politicians.
“Maybe voters will start waking up and … put into office people who are willing to tackle the current crime and disorder problem that we are experiencing,” Bratton added.