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Davell Gardner’s killing should shock NY politicians out of their NYPD-bashing madness

Maybe the senseless death of little Davell Gardner will finally shock the city’s leaders into supporting the NYPD instead of hobbling it.

The attack that wound up killing the 1-year-old was plainly a gang hit: Up to three men drove up in a dark SUV, parked right by the picnickers — and opened fire.

Gang hit fits many of the most recent horrors — executions that routinely endanger innocent bystanders.

Other shootings, meanwhile, come because more New Yorkers are packing heat — and so firing in a fit of passion or in some idiotic accident.

And most of it wouldn’t be happening if the NYPD hadn’t been pulled back from handling guns and gangs. But its last main anti-gun force, the anti-crime undercover unit, got disbanded as the politicians demanded some local response to the George Floyd killing. And then they cut the department’s budget by a sixth.

Yet even now, the pols want more — and not just further defunding. Much of the City Council is pushing to further dismantle the already-restricted NYPD gang database, stop the use of facial-ID software and generally pull as many tools from cops’ hands as possible. And we shudder to think what fresh favors for criminals the Legislature is cooking up.

How many dead children must it take before the politicians move to stop the madness?

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