NEW YORK – Low-level arrests remained steady and crime continues to fall even while the NYPD is grappling with its image.
Final tallies for 2014 could carry even more weight this year as Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio deal with the outrage over the police killing of the unarmed Eric Garner, who was black, and rancor among police officers who feel the administration doesn't have their back.
Crime numbers themselves look good: Through Dec. 14, overall serious crime had declined 4.7 percent compared to the same period last year, continuing a downward trend that started in mid-1990s despite predictions it couldn't last. The murder total stood at 305, a 5.3 percent drop. Reports of robberies were down 14 percent and those of felony assaults dipped about 1 percent.