New York City is changing, and it’s not for the better.
For the month ending June 7, the number of shooting victims increased 45%, while homicides jumped more than 100%. At the same time, arrests for illegal gun possession for the week ending July 5 fell from 70 in 2019 to just 29 this year.
This is happening as the city is shutting down its plainclothes anti-crime unit, which was a proactive force tasked with taking guns off the street. The disbanding of the unit is part of the city’s effort to defund the NYPD’s $6 billion budget by $1 billion.
Considering those facts together, you might see a pattern… lower police presence, fewer arrests, more shootings and murders. Yep. And you woudn’t be alone in noticing the connection.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American voices calling for action on gun violence, said:
“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate. Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”
Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said:
“Anti-Crime’s mission was to protect New Yorkers by proactively preventing crime, especially gun violence. Shooting and murders are both climbing steadily upward, but our city leaders have decided that proactive policing isn’t a priority anymore. They chose this strategy. They will have to reckon with the consequences.”
Unfortunately, it’s not the city leaders that must reckon with the consequences, it’s the people who live in high crime areas who have to live with increasing violence.