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New York Policemen Banned From Vacations Due to Work Slowdown

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The city's police officers are not allowed to take vacations and sick days until the number of arrests and tickets related to low-level crime rebounds after a 90 percent decrease in December.

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MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) — New York City police officers have been barred from taking vacations and sick days until the number of arrests and tickets related to low-level crime rebounds after a 90 percent decrease in December, the New York Post reported Monday.

"Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses," the newspaper's trade union source said.

All police officers have been ordered to register the number of arrests and summonses for low-level crimes, including public drunkenness or public nuisance, and note them in special "activity sheets," according to the New York Post.

This measure followed the New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's order after a 90 percent drop in tickets issued after December 20, 2014. New York City police officers have, in effect, almost stopped issuing tickets for nonviolent crimes in the wake of recent protests against alleged abuse of power by police.

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The police officers actions come amid tension with the current Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is accused by police labor union leaders of supporting the protesters and paying little attention to the work of rank-and-file officers, according to media reports.

Mass protests across the United States in response to police brutality erupted after the killings of unarmed people by law enforcement and subsequent grand jury decisions not to indict the officers responsible. The killings by white policemen of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, both black and unarmed, received heavy media coverage across the United States.

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