Members of the NYPD have placed the blame for the increase in subway crimes on Mayor Bill de Blasio's ongoing effort to decriminalize low level infractions like fare beating and public urination.
"The mayor has handcuffed the police in enforcing the quality of life crimes that we should enforce, and these guys know it now," an NYPD source told the New York Post. "And the fare-paying customers commuting to work have to suffer. There are people down there picking pockets and sexually assaulting them."
Commuter Sam Wentz told the NY Post, "Every New Yorker knows the trains are dangerous, especially at night. It's like the Thunderdome, the whole system is terrible."
Sixty-seven-year-old strap-hanger Gretchen Milner said she longs for the days of Mayor Bloomberg when "taking the trains used to be a good experience, and now it's just awful."
The NYPD and the MTA will discuss the uptick in robberies, felony assaults and hate crimes during the next MTA board meeting.
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