With one holdout left in police union arbitrations, New York City broadsheets have trumpeted a supposed link between Mayor Bill de Blasio’s civil-rights agenda to a bump in crime.

A source knowledgeable about the New York City Police Department sees politics at play behind the sensational reports.

“It’s not a shock that some police and union sources are stirring the pot during an arbitration,” the source told Courthouse News. “The tabloids are parading these scare tactics likely sourced by the one remaining police union. Deals have been reached with all others. It’s PBA and Pat Lynch that’s left.”

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and Lynch have led the charge against de Blasio ever since he entered office fulfilling a campaign promise to end racial disparities in street stops.

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