NYPD's Shea: Charges that officers are deliberately slowing makes 'my blood boil'

Dermot Shea
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea on Monday blamed legislators for causing a "fuse lit at both ends" with police cuts and legal reforms.

According to Shea, accusations that officers are on a "slowdown" make his "blood boil", calling out Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for suggesting officers were participating in a "deliberate slowdown.

"I try to keep a level head, but when I hear that, it does make my blood boil," Shea told Fox’s "Good Day New York," calling the claims "absolutely not true."

"The men and women of this police department are out there, they care deeply about what happens on the streets in New York City, and they continue to be out there running towards danger,” Shea said.

He added that he was cutting officers' time off on weekends while trying to tackle the surge in gun violence. 

Without enough officers available to police the streets, and criminals able to escape strict sentences, Shea warned that the city would return to the "bad old days."

Shea asks that legislators reconsider reforms that have helped to create a "perfect storm" because what is happening now "is not really working."

"On one end you have attrition, going through the roof. On the other end, you have an overtime budget that was decimated," he said.

"I firmly believe that everyone has common ground here — and the common ground is no one wants to see a mother shot on the streets of New York City, or a 1-year-old shot, as happened in Brooklyn," he said of two recent fatal shooting.

"We will get through this, but it’s certainly a tough time right now," Shea added.