NYC Mayor Wants Police to Confront Citizens for Acts Deemed ‘Bad’ But Not Illegal, Take Down Their Names

Maybe a person has a foul mouth, or perhaps they scream in public about ethnic groups. Such acts can be considered poor form, or even offensive, but the First Amendment is pretty clear that we have the right to do so when on our own property or public property.

That might change if New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way.

While he’s not calling for the police to arrest people for exercising their First Amendment rights, he certainly wants to chill free speech by making you at least wary, if not downright afraid.

De Blasio said:

“Even if something is not a criminal case, a perpetrator being confronted by the city, whether it’s NYPD or another agency, and being told that what they’ve done was very hurtful to another person — and could, if ever repeated, lead to criminal charges — that’s another important piece of the puzzle.  That’s why we need these reports.”

Asked how the so-called “confrontations” would work, de Blasio said the NYPD is already trained at doling out warnings, and continued:

“If someone has done something wrong, but not rising to a criminal level, it’s perfectly appropriate for an NYPD officer to talk to them to say, ‘that was not appropriate, and if you did that on a higher level, that would be a crime.’”

Got that?  If you do something that is perfectly legal, it’s okay for a police officer to confront you. De Blasio said his goal was to educate people, or to have a sobering impact.

De Blasio went on:

“I assure you, if an NYPD officer calls you or shows up at your door to ask you about something you did, it makes you think twice. We need that.”

And of course, his goal is to keep track of every such interaction, as he said:

“And part of it is to report everything, track everything, and anything that might be criminal, prosecute. And anything that’s not criminal, still follow up on aggressively, so people feel the presence of law enforcement in the city watching them to make sure this does not happen again.”

So the mayor of New York City wants the police to follow up on perfectly legal, albeit possibly offensive, behavior to make sure that the perfectly legal behavior doesn’t happen again.

Is this Russia?

And it’s not like the NYPD has anything else to do, combating actual crime and fighting the rising murder rate.

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  1. Robin Rosenblatt

    This is called Marxism or Fascism

  2. Leslie Fish

    At a time when the police themselves are under fire, this kind of bullying is not going to make them better loved.

    • me

      It’s not the police fault it’s the mayor of nyc that’s doing this power hungry

  3. Daniel Less

    And I once thought that the “progressive”left wing radical nuts in Scandinavia where I grew up were complete imbeciles living in denial of reality were the dumbest people on this planet!

    I can see now how wrong I was, the USA is apparently number one in this category today!
    The 21st Century is obviously heading back to the Middle Ages thanks to collectivist utopia of the Multicultural Society. Heaven help us all! Mr. de Blasio needs psychiatric counseling in my humble opinion, Orwells 1984 has really arrived!

  4. Carol Storey

    Deblasio has delusions of being a Big Man in politics but this is more like being so small he needs to booster himself! This is tactics used in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia! America has freedom of speech and he is infringing upon people’s Constitutional rights! Some should file a complaint against this idiot Mayor!

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  6. LeeBruce

    Has he read the Bill of Rights? Where does he think he lives? Reality check, this is not the Soviet Union or China or some tinpot dictatorship? The police have more important things to deal with than monitoring unfriendly/hurtful speech. We have free speech in this country, whether you like what’s being said or not.

  7. Norma Byrd

    “When storm clouds gather, far across the sea
    We will raise our voices in a land that’s free”
    These are opening lyrics to “God Bless America” which I remember being sung during WWII. Though some show them in a slightly different order, they still mean the same. But we can no longer raise our voices. That right has been taken away, and now they also encourage people to be snitches on anybody they think is personally offensive to them! Next we’ll be expected to “report” anyone who exhibits any pro American or Patriotic tendencies, anyone owning a gun, anyone flying the American flag, and anyone singing “God Bless America”. When is enough, enough??? How long are we going to put up with this headlong dive to Naziism? Who would ever have believed this is “America, land that I love”? I would love to hear every radio station in the country play this stirring piece at high noon everyday, but it would offend anyone who thinks it’s divisive and offensive, especially to illegals who hate America except for whatever they can leech off of her citizens.

  8. s w

    I wonder if the cops would give you stern talking to if you farted in public?

  9. td

    What kind of jackass is that mayor? Only the finest!

  10. Gary Price

    DeBlasio is a total and complete Idiot.
    He’s despised by every New Yorker I’ve talked to since he stole his position with that 10% vote that went to him. Him, as well as Bully Cuomo.
    Well, I guess his statement goes for BLM as well as ANTIFA. The little Punks who wreaked havoc all last summer.
    DeBlasio is a complete disgrace to all the hard working men and women of NY City.
    It sounds like he just want’s to get right on this Socialist agenda. He want’s to be the Man. He’s an utter Joke!
    The guy closes down Times Square on New Years Eve ( He Said ) because of the Virus. Lol, right.
    Then he’s filmed dancing with his wife in Times Square all alone, just the 2 of them. What an Asshole!
    DeBlasio AND Cuomo need to resign. They aren’t wanted, nor are they needed. They have Both been Nightmares to the people of New York.

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