If you’ve spent enough time on the internet, you’ve probably come across a video from Next Media Animation, better known as the Taiwanese Animators, the news service that makes baffling and wonderful CGI videos of events of importance. New York City is important of course, and so is our public safety, so the fine folks at Next Media decided to take a look at New York City’s decline in the use of stop-and-frisk and the increase in major crimes this year in only the way they can.
The resulting video, was of course, baffling and wonderful, and included scenes of Mayor Tall held up at gunpoint, Snake Plissken driving through the city and then being carjacked and mayhem on a scale the city hasn’t seen since the 1977 blackout.
As Glenn Beck once warned us, Mayor Tall’s war on the police would appear to be having a slight negative effect, shown by DNA Info’s recent map of “major crimes” increases in almost every neighborhood in the city. De Blasio has sought to downplay the narrative of a crime wave sweeping through the city, blaming the uptick in shootings on gang activity that’s localized only to certain police precincts and generally urging calm.
On a recent appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show, de Blasio defended the decreased use of stop and frisk around the city, and made that case that New Yorkers riding the subway literally have a one in a million chance of being the victim of major crime.
Still, critics have ramped up their attacks on de Blasio and his police reforms recently, including the Taiwanese Animators, who used the video to call on de Blasio to bring back stop-and-frisk or risk seeing “his New York go down the tubes the way it did under Koch.”
Are we at the beginning of a major crime wave or are is a small uptick a result of police brass turning away from constant low-level enforcement? We can’t say! All we can do is watch this GIF of Mayor Tall summoning a cadre of police to his side to fix the burning streets.