New York City has a revolving door criminal justice system. Prosecutors regularly plea bargain away gun charges for a lesser sentence. Sometimes because the gun charges are trumped-up. In the face of rising firearms-related crime, New York City will be handing off an unspecified number of gun charges to the feds. Specifically, our not-so-good friends at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (and Really Big Fires). What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing . . .
The ATF ain’t gonna sit on the sidelines. newyork.cbslocal.com reports:
ATF agents have mounted a first-ever summer gun initiative to get illegal weapons off the street.
And when the feds get involved, Mulham warned, “In many cases, the punishment is more severe.”
And Mulham said the feds will not rest with nabbing the triggerman.
“Of course, when the ATF gets involved with our resources and our tracing expertise, we’ll be able to figure out if weapon is part of an interstate trafficking operation,” Mulham said.
So the feds will be “nabbing people” – not just prosecuting offenders collared by New York’s Finest. Well, they would, wouldn’t they? The Bureau’s gung-ho culture would hardly lead them to sit on the sidelines waiting for the paperwork. They need action! Results! Busts!
Manny Gomez, a security expert who has been both an NYPD officer and an FBI agent, said the federal program is unusual.
“If they’re going to go around doing gun busts on a day-to-day basis, that’s something that we really haven’t seen that often in New York City,” Gomez said.
Question: how often do you want to see federal agents policing city streets, performing jobs normally reserved for law enforcement officers who are [supposedly] accountable to local taxpayers? Not to mention the fact that NYPD has 34k uniformed police officers and nearly 50k employees. Why isn’t that enough?