New Yorkers Respond to DoJ Designating City as 'Anarchist Jurisdiction': 'No Cop Cars on Fire'

The Department of Justice named New York City an "anarchist jurisdiction" on Monday, due to the city's inability to get a handle on the "violence and destruction of property" that has occurred within the five boroughs over the last few months, according to a new NBC report. Many people living in New York City take issue with that designation, though, because they haven't seen much of the chaos that the DOJ is referencing.

Several New Yorkers took to Twitter to share what they've witnessed in New York City as of late. To hear them tell it, the real major crime is the onslaught of Al Fresco dining.

New Yorkers Respond to DoJ Designating City
a man with a mask walks with a woman and a set of Happy Birthday balloons in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York on May 24, 2020. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

"I was in a park in Brooklyn this morning. I saw people running, walking dogs, doing yoga, as well as kids playing. No cop cars on fire. But here is @NBCNewYork playing into the Trump administration's alternate reality version of NYC," Michael Caldrone, Vanity Fair Hive's senior editor, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

I was in a park in Brooklyn this morning. I saw people running, walking dogs, doing yoga, as well as kids playing. No cop cars on fire. But here is @NBCNewYork playing into the Trump administration’s alternate reality version of NYC. https://t.co/n21ryj2iIk

— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 21, 2020

Plenty of others responded to the NBC Story with similarly withering comments.

"It's complete anarchy out here—people picnicking in the park, having frosé at outdoor patios, families walking dogs together, enjoying a boat ride in the Hudson. Whatever will we do?!" one person wrote.

It's complete anarchy out here - people picnicking in the park, having frosé at outdoor patios, families walking dogs together, enjoying a boat ride in the Hudson. Whatever will we do?! pic.twitter.com/cFpjxXuJmu

— Cookie Bear & Noodles (@cookie_noodles) September 21, 2020

One Twitter user described the anarchy she's witnessed in her neighborhood—it's been overrun by local musicians.

"It's a lawless war zone being weaponized by well-dressed musicians," she wrote.

It’s a lawless war zone being weaponized by well dressed musicians pic.twitter.com/uzOc71D0pL

— Elle Dee (@Notenoughflair) September 21, 2020

Another person in Brooklyn noted the vile rhetoric that some no-good neighbors spewed across a construction site: "Kale Chips."

"S**t's out of control in Brooklyn," the post read.

Shit's out of control in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/F73eEWfpT0

— stay 6 feet away, my breath smells (@wookietv) September 21, 2020

According to the DOJ's announcement, New York is among the thee places that have "permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities." The designation came following President Donald Trump's order for the department to determine which cities were not tackling crime up to the DOJ's standards. Those the DOJ cited as "anarchist jurisdictions" could lose federal funding. Seattle and Portland, Oregon, were the other two cities labeled as "anarchist jurisdictions."

What does this mean for alternate side parking?

— Slade (@Slade) September 21, 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio painted a vastly different portrait of the city when responding to the DOJ's assessment during his daily press briefing on Monday morning.

"I was out in Elmhurst, Queens, this morning, I saw peace, tranquility, I saw people going about their business, people excited that it's the first day of school—I saw anything but anarchy. This is just another one of President Trump's games," he said. "It's insulting to the people of New York City and his effort to withhold our funding is unconstitutional."

what exactly is an anarchist jurisdiction? I live and work here every day and unless avocado toast is anarchy, I would say things are going well considering.

— JoeyJoeJo, RN (@JoeyMurse) September 21, 2020

Despite all of the jokes and de Blasio's characterization of New York City, gun violence is up in the city. More than 240 shootings were documented in NYC in August—significantly higher than the 91 recorded in August 2018—and murders were up by nearly 50 percent, according to data released by New York Police Department on September 2.