Ill-Equipped NYPD Cops Ordered To Enforce Mayor's Coronavirus Shutdown

Sandy Malone

NYPD sent a memo to all officers with instructions on how to enforce Mayor Bill de Blasio's coronavirus shutdown.

New York, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) has told officers to shut down businesses and issue summonses to those who fail to comply with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s entertainment ban, and officers aren’t happy about it.

The mayor announced Sunday that bars and restaurants would only be allowed to serve food on a to-go or delivery basis as a measure toward curbing the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus, the New York Post reported.

In addition to closing the dining rooms at eating establishments, de Blasio also ordered closed all nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, concert venues, and playhouses that remained open after the initial Broadway shutdown.

“This virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together,” the mayor said in a statement. “We have to break that cycle.”

On Monday, NYPD officials sent out a memo to all officers that explained the steps they should take if they had to enforce de Blasio’s shutdown order, the New York Daily News reported.

The memo said NYPD officers are authorized to enforce the mayor’s order by ordering establishments who break the rules to empty out their patrons and to shut down, or in the case of restaurants, to stop serving guests in-house.

According to the memo, business owners or managers who refuse to follow the mayor’s edict may be arrested and given a desk appearance ticket for obstructing government administration, the New York Daily News reported.

The memo said that any patrons who refused to cooperate could be charged with disorderly conduct or something more serious if they interfered with officers’ doing their jobs.

NYPD sources told Blue Lives Matter that despite the memo, the rank-and-file officers weren’t going out of their way to enforce de Blasio’s shutdown.

The instructions to empty and shut down businesses went “in one ear and out the other” for most officers, according to one source.

“No officer in his right mind is going to go into a restaurant and shut it down without being specifically told to do so by a supervisor who is there on the scene,” he told Blue Lives Matter.

“The first time it goes south, what’s [de Blasio] gonna do?” the NYPD source asked. “Will the same support be given to these officers as was given to the officers who were asked to enforce tobacco sale laws?”

The source was referencing the accidental death of Eric Garner during his arrest for illegal cigarette sales that led to a five-year-long investigation and the termination of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, despite the fact that federal prosecutors had decided not to charge the officer.

Officers felt like the city and NYPD officials who ordered them to enforce the laws Garner was breaking turned their backs on them when that arrest ended tragically.

The source also told Blue Lives Matter that it was crazy to expect officers to expose themselves to the virus by walking into large groups who voluntarily disregarded the mayor’s shutdown order.

“Everyone was given one mask and a small bottle of hand sanitizer,” the officer said. “After that, nobody knows what the next step is. The department hasn’t given us the resources necessary to safely disperse large groups of people without being exposed ourselves.”

Comments (18)
Jlna5434
Jlna5434

Good for these officers!! DeBlasio is a complete moron!!! The officers are right, DeBlasio and NYC do not have the backs of their officers and its the same everywhere. They should not put themselves at risk for that miscreant!!

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sturnman22
sturnman22

Have DeBlasio lead them and deputize him! Let him make the first arrest.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

it's weird how cops are constantly called heroes, and now everyone wants to stutter-step when it's time to step up and be heroic.

Crustydemon
Crustydemon

My Sister is a second-class detective in the NYPD, she is supposed to take early retirement this year due to severe neck injuries she sustained when she didn’t want to shoot a suspect who was violently choking her under the influence. This was entirely due to the fact he was an African-American so she didn’t want to put him down, she knew Deblasio and the administration of the NYPD wouldn’t back her play. Three more officers were injured during the apprehension, because no one wanted to use lethal force when it was necessary . There hasn’t been a good mayor in New York since Mayor Giuliani and the officers are making the right decision, Deblassio is a coward and so is a majority of the city Council, so screw him! You support these officers 100%, and until May or we can just support, supply, and partner with the officers he will get nothing!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

the unnamed NYPD officer is 100% right, the first time a cop does this, and it goes south, or the officer needs to use force to enforce the mayor's order, or the offender is a minority and screams racism, the mayor will not only throw the officer under the bus, but back the bus up and drive over the officer again, just to make sure the officer feels it.

If I was NYPD, the ONLY way I would enforce this order with anything other than a polite request was if my supervisor was on scene with me, and he was directly ordering me to do something other than ask nicely. The risks are too great otherwise.

Marxest
Marxest

Stop your complaining and Mayor bashing, blue snowflakes. Mayor Bill De Blasio isn't being anti-police. The people beating the anti de Blasio drums are indulging in their own ignorance. City government leaders are putting pressure on the Mayor to lock down NYC because of the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic that's sweeping the world. Police serve at the behest of the mayor and governments. It's part of the system that is America. Police Officers risk their lives everyday and now those risks have increased, that doesn't mean they get to shirk their responsibilities. It's an unpleasant truth that they must accept. You people are holding onto anger of Mayor de Blasio from 2014 when those 2 cops were shot, that was years ago, let the anger go. If you want to get angry, get angry at China, they are the ones that cultivated and unleashed the Wuhan Corona virus (aka COVID-19) upon an unsuspecting world.

Berniejugs1
Berniejugs1

Problem is they don’t back their officers when something goes wrong.

SickDrJoe
SickDrJoe

Until people in this city stop automatically voting D like they were robots, nothing is going to change. We're going to keep getting mayors like this, whose only public service is scapegoating and spreading stress and panic in a crisis.


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