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New York Mayor Eric Adams slams police officers who use their cell phones while on guard, all the while widespread crime continues to shake the Big Apple under his leadership.
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NYPD Detective Association president Paul DiGiacomo slammed the mayor on “Fox & Friends First” for his remarks, noting that cell phones are now an “intricate part of police work.”
“What we should concentrate more on the criminals than the police looking into their phones as they should be,” DiGiacomo told co-host Carley Shimkus.
“What needs to be done is for the police to do their job. We have made over 2,000 arrests since the mayor has been sitting with guns, and we have made over 10,000 arrests in the last two years regarding illegal firearms.”
“What is failing is our justice system,” he continued. “There must be a mandatory minimum of time spent in jail if you are caught with an illegal firearm that will dramatically cut down on violence in New York City.”
Earlier in the week, Mayor Adams announced he would take “aggressive” measures to ensure transit officers refrain from being on cell phones while on duty, and asked residents to send him pictures of all officers defying the issue.
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DiGiacomo called the phone a “lifeline” for police officers and explained how they are “forced” to use it for critical alarms, including for missing persons, accidents and other information.
Meanwhile, total crime has risen by nearly 43% since Mayor Adams took office earlier this year, despite his promise to curb city violence.
“It’s a very, very difficult, difficult job,” DiGiacomo said. “We’ve seen it before in the late eighties and early nineties, and the only way to get it under control is to have consequences again, and our legal system has to work, and right now it’s not, it does not work. “
Robbery has increased 46%, assaults have increased by 21%, hate crimes have increased 21%, and shootings have increased by 8% compared to the same time last year.