If I stick a gun in your face and say “Hand over $243″, what is that?
The premise of so-called “law enforcement” is that the “low-level” offenses enforced (e.g. an open container of beer, etc) are about enhancing public safety. That is, the way this is sold to you is that enforcing these laws increases public order and, as part and parcel of that, deters crime.
If that’s true.
What happens when the police admit in public that it is about no such thing – that is simply about taking money?
“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens.
“And the majority of [new] summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way.
“But now they’re realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us,” he said.