Majority of Recent NYC Shooting Victims Are Overwhelmingly Black People
The surge in gun crime began in New York City in mid-May, according to NYPD Incident Level data
The majority of victims in the recent surge in shootings and murders in New York City under Mayor Bill de Blasio's watch are overwhelmingly black people, according to New York City Police Department data.
In June, 194 shooting incidents involved black victims, a 177% increase from the 70 recorded in June 2019, NYPD Incident Level Data revealed.
Twenty-seven of those incidents were classified as murders, which is a 170% year-over-year increase from the ten black people murdered in June 2019.
Data shows that no other group has been victimized by shootings in New York City anywhere near to the same rate as black people since the crime explosion began following the death of George Floyd.
As Neon Nettle reported in July, an $88.1 billion budget was passed by the New York City Council following $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD, the same week as an 11-year-old child was injured by gunshots.
Shootings in New York City in June saw no white people killed, according to NYPD data.
The city recorded a negligible increase in white shooting victims in that month, with six recorded victims, up from four in June 2019.
In July, 244 citywide shooting incidents occurred, which was a 177% increase from the 88 shooting incidents in July 2019, the NYPD revealed.
But it was unclear what the July’s shooting victims were in terms of racial makeup due to data being released every quarter.
The surge in gun crime began in New York City in mid-May, according to NYPD Incident Level data.
That is around two weeks before Floyd’s May 25 death, which sparked massive unrest across the nation.
Gun crime increased beginning in mid-June in the city, data shows.
Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to deflect the spike in violence from himself to the coronavirus.
“In New York City, we’ve been the safest big city in America for years,” de Blasio said.
“We’ve had a very tough two months — no doubt —, and it is directly related to the coronavirus — the dislocation it’s caused, the fact that our court system is not functioning yet, so many factors.”
A spokesman for New York’s court system blasted De Blasio for blaming courts for the rise in violence.
“The Courts have operated continuously, operating throughout the pandemic, arraigning defendants, holding 100s of hearings, and conferencing 1,000s of cases, Office of Court Administration," Spokesman Lucian Chalfen said, adding that de Blasio “should be looking in the mirror, not gazing out a window.”
NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said, “perfect storm” of court closings, criminal-justice reform was the reason for the spike in crime, per the New York Post.
“With the closing of the courts, there has been no grand jury investigations either… I’m not talking about a simple gun arrest for the person who found in possession of a firearm,” LiPetri said.
“More people getting released on their own recognizance and fewer people are getting indicted that’s a big issue.”
“There needs to be swift and certain justice as a deterrent for carrying an illegal gun in New York City,” LePetri added.
President of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, torched de Blasio for the surge in violent gun crime, saying they have "given our streets back" to criminals.
"Our city council, our mayor's office, and the state legislature have handcuffed police officers and given the street back to the criminals," Lynch told Fox News's Lawrence Jones on "Hannity."
"Remember just a few short years ago; the city was out of control," Lynch said.
"Police officers literally took our street corners back block-by-block because our leadership asked us to, and we presented the neighborhoods back to the good, hardworking people that were in them."