Mayor, er, King Bloomberg announces that NYPD is his Army

"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


  1. This “joke” would have  fallen on different ears a year ago.  Unfortunately, it appears to be all too telling.  I voted for Mister Bloomberg, but his actions recently– especially with his private army!– have been shameful.

  2. It might be time to have his private army disbanded and brought up on charges.
    Joking or not, this is not what an elected official should say.

  3. What the fuck is going on here? Between this, the LA/Philly evictions, the senate vote on an indefinite detention amendment to the defense authorization bill, the arrest of that poor guy in San Diego… what the fuck, guys? I am sincerely worried.

    1. Gee, ya think? Hopefully you aren’t just NOW noticing this as there have been plenty of voices in the wilderness crying out about this for years. They have usually been labeled “conspiracy theorists” though and people just laughed.

  4. Speaking broadly – giving the authority to “move troops”, or rather, compel police to fulfill the will of an elected person just seems fundamentally wrong.  Seems like it makes cops Thugs instead of Law Enforcement Officers.  You know, guys who enforce the law.  A politician’s will is not law, ever.

        1. You, sir, win an internet!

          And assuming the previous posters weren’t joking – the answer was Hitler.

  5. Hey I know, if you have such a big, bad-ass army, why don’t you do something with it and arrest all the people on Wall St. that ripped off people like my mom and her IRA account.

  6. Isn’t taking this quote out of context a little hyperbolic? If anyone dares to click the source, this is the first in a list of comparisons to the powers of the President and why he prefers being Mayor.

    I hate the guy too but this post is kind of nuts.

    1. The quote may not be meant to say what we’re taking it to say, but it is remarkably ironic considering the nature of the speaker.

      If you believe in Freudian slips, this might count as one.

    2. I disagree. I read the full article and there is no mitigating context – he believes the NYPD is his Army to command, analogous to the President and the US Army.

  7. FAO HRH Bloomberg:

    Peel’s Principles of Policing

    1.The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
    2.The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
    3.Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
    4.The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
    5.Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
    6.Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
    7.Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
    8.Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
    9.The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

  8. “We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.”

    And they have members of his army stationed around the world helping them learn to stop terrorists.  I’m sorry NY is not the center of the universe despite your desire to make it such.  I think we have wasted enough time and resources of the rest of the nation to keep you safe from your imagined threats.  We’ve seen how you beat people who protest and then lie about their misdeeds.  I think it is high time we stop paying for your personal army and take a good hard look at your fiefdom.  Corruption is rampant in your army, so they must have learned that from their leaders.  Lets keep working up the food chain and see how far it goes.

  9. What a flawed statement.  With 45,000 officers of various types, the NYPD is nowhere near the world’s seventh largest army.  Honduras’ armed forces are slightly larger.

    The NYPD budget is comparable to Egypt’s annual military expenditures.  They’re tied for 41st place.  However, the NYPD is more poorly armed and is 3% of the size of Egypt’s military establishment.

    In fact, Honduras has a military that is comparable in size to the NYPD, better armed, but with only 6% of the NYPD’s budget.

    My point being that Bloomberg is not a very effective commander-in-chief.

  10. “The police’s job is not to create disorder; the police’s job is to preserve disorder!”
    ~ Richard J. Daley, Mayor of Chicago circa 1968

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