Over the weekend, young toughs with buckets full of water randomly soaked cops in Harlem and Brownsville just for the hell of it. At one point, an officer got conked on the head by an empty plastic bucket — to the vast amusement of jeering onlookers.
When an in-your-face town like New York suddenly realizes that City Hall tolerates minor crime — as a matter of social equity, no less — it gets more of it, fast. Presently, citizens are pouring water on cops. One shudders to think what comes next.
Tuesday the usual suspects were on about how wonderfully restrained the officers were in response — as if, given present circumstances, they had any choice.
But make no mistake: The cops were victims of a crime — assault on a police officer — and the bucket-to-the-head could have been charged as a Class D felony.
Anybody wondering how that story ends should just stream “Taxi Driver.”
Bill de Blasio, the architect of a public safety circumstance now morphing from fiasco to crisis, and the man who inherited the finest big-city police department in the world. And breaking it, piece by piece.