In the city that gave us Cory Booker the police don’t want to know if you get mugged.
A newly instituted policy for city police officers may force them to deliver a less than ideal response to victims of assault and other minor crimes looking to make a complaint: Take it to court.
In an Oct. 23 memo obtained by NJ Advance Media, Chief Anthony Campos informed officers that they should refer any victim complaining about crimes such as \simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment to file complaints in municipal court, rather than compile an incident report themselves.
The strategy was instituted “in order to streamline operations and make better usage of police resources”, Campos said in the memo.
It also covers disorderly persons offenses such as improper behavior and offensive language, as well as complaints about bad checks and false information provided to police.
If you come to Newark, please try to only get mugged between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, otherwise the courthouse won’t be open for you to stagger into and file a complaint. I guess you could camp out on the steps if you’re really banged up, or go home and try phoning it in tomorrow.
Welcome to the exact opposite of Rudy Guiliani’s “broken windows” policy. He cleaned up New York by focusing on quality-of-life crimes, because a city that won’t tolerate squeegee men is one that’s obviously inhospitable to muggers, rapists, and murderers too.
But Mayor Ras Baraka has a different approach to crime. He writes letters requesting leniency for notorious gang bosses. He asks criminals not to murder people anymore, politely, of course. And he hangs up cutesy posters reminding his constituents not to commit crimes.
But what he won’t do is send a cop when your car gets stolen or your house is burglarized. You gotta go to the courthouse and fill out a form for that. And somebody will get back to you. Honest.
All of which has worked out so well, violent crime in Newark is at an all-time high.
Maybe they should give you one of those posters to hang up each time you have to fill out your own police report. Or a cardboard cutout of a cop to put on your porch. And if you contribute to his re-election fund, Baraka will text one of his gang-banger buddies and ask him not to rob you again.
Your tax dollars at work.