Someday, you'll tell your children about these past few weeks. Cops not doing their jobs. Murders everywhere. Pandemonium in the streets. Teens sneaking puffs from cigarettes and not getting knocked out cold for it. Fifth Avenue running red with the blood of innocents. But at long last, it's coming to an end.

The New York Times reports that after NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's gentle urging, arrests and summonses are gradually on their way up. Though they haven't quite hit pre-slowdown numbers yet:

Still, police activity was well short of its levels during the same period last year. In total, officers made 4,690 arrests in the week ending on Sunday, the statistics showed. The number was down from 7,508 in the same week in 2014, but up from the 2,401 made from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

In the week ending on Sunday, 5,550 parking summonses were written, up from 1,191 written the week before. During the same week in 2014, there were more than 21,000 parking summonses. Most are issued by the department's civilian traffic agents, not its sworn officers.

Notably, arrests for felony crimes were closer to usual levels, with 789 made through Sunday compared with 928 for the same period last year.

Finally, our long collective nightmare is over.

Wait, you're saying the last few weeks haven't been dark and fearful? Nary a drop of innocent blood to be found? People were actually doing just fine?


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