The New York Post has reported that in the period following the New York City Police Department’s move on 15 June of this year to dismantle a plainclothes unit of approximately 600 officers dedicated to combatting crime on the streets, the number of shootings was about three times greater than during the same time period in 2019.
Overall, more shootings occurred in June 2020 than in any June since 1996, the New York Post reported, citing information from the New York City Police Department.
Officers from the disbanded unit were to be reassigned, the outlet previously reported.
“Without having this tool it will be much harder to tackle rising felony crimes, ‘shots fired’ jobs and the growing number of illegal guns pouring into the neighborhoods,” NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, a former unit supervisor said according to the Post.
Commissioner Dermot Shea during a recent interview was asked about the reason for high crime levels.
“It’s bail reform. It’s COVID. It’s emptying out prisons,” he said, noting that “one of the most frustrating pieces right now is a criminal justice system that is just not working. And I’m calling on Albany to fix it. Fix it now.”
“I met with the five district attorneys of New York City last week on this issue. We have thousands and thousands of cases backlogged,” Shea said during the interview.
Another law enforcement official told the Post:
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone. All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”
The shooting spree includes at least five murders.
The former members of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit were reassigned to uniformed patrol duties on Monday — part of what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called a “seismic” shift affecting some 600 police. LINK
President Trump on Sunday remarked upon the cities of Chicago and New York and their high shooting numbers, and said that the federal government is ready to provide additional assistance if the cities’ leaders ask for help.
Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 killed. Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor act now. Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2020
The spike in shooting incidents comes in the aftermath of the generalized upsurge in social disturbances and disorder doe to the widespread protests and vandalism caused by the killing of George Floyd in May.
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