Riding with the cops from NYPD’s ‘Alamo’ during a crime uptick and anti-police wave
Veteran police officer Tommy Accomando had more to worry about than getting shot in the face when chasing a Trinitario gang member down Creston Avenue in the Bronx.
There’s no good time to be running after a suspected drug dealer and known gang member with a long rap sheet in the city’s poorest borough — especially when he pulls out a loaded gun.
But when NYPD vehicles are being attacked, when there are calls to defund the police, when criminals put officers in headlocks and particularly when new legislation hampers how cops take down suspects — the stakes are particularly high.
“You’ve got enough stuff going on in your mind,” Accomando told The Post last week, the second of two Friday night tours a reporter spent riding along with Special Ops cops from the 46th Precinct — aka “The Alamo.”
Here shootings are up 53% over last year, with 26 so far in 2020. Citywide, the summer has been brutal, with the NYPD struggling with a 167% increase in gunplay between June 1 and July 26 compared to the same period a year ago.
“At first you’re thinking, does he have a gun? Then he takes the gun out and you wonder, is he going to point it at me? Then, does he have another gun? Am I going to get shot?
“Then when you take him down and cuff him you think, did I do that right or did my knee hit his back, in which case I’m going to jail.”
Many of the sweeping new regulations signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio since the shocking police killing of George Floyd on May 25 — especially the so-called “diaphragm bill” — are among the most restrictive facing any cops in the country. NYPD officers now have to collar even the most violent suspects without touching them on the torso, head or neck — or face criminal charges themselves.
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