NYC Shootings Soar 358% After Police Commission Disbands Anti-Crime Units
55 shootings in the last week compared to 12 for the same week last year
Shootings in New York City have skyrocketed 358% in the first week since anti-crime units, which are aimed at rooting out illegal guns, were disbanded.
There were 55 shootings in the last week compared to 12 for the same week in 2019, according to data reported by NBC 4.
"New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020," according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday.
“A total of 74 people were wounded in the 55 shootings, at least 19 of them injured in more than a dozen shootings across the five boroughs on Saturday alone.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the department’s undercover anti-crime units last week, which is dedicated to finding people possessing illegal guns.
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” one angry law enforcement source said Friday, The New York Post reported.
The Bronx was hit the hardest by instances of gun violence over the weekend; Brooklyn was the site of four of the shootings, with Queens logging two shootings and Manhattan one, the Daily Mail reported.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the shootings during a press conference on Monday.
"We're not going back to the bad old days when there was so much violence in this city," he said.
"We are not going to allow gun violence to continue to grow in this city."
But de Blasio's words are not matching up with his actions.
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was slashing funds from the NYPD's $6 billion budget and, instead, diverting the money to social services.
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Following ten nights of protests, violent riots, and looting, de Blasio revealed that he is taking money from the city's police department and investing it into youth programs and social services for minority communities.
"We need to do a lot more for our young people," de Blasio said during a press conference.
"We will be moving funding from the NYPD to youth initiatives and social services."
Meanwhile, the Mayor's wife argued that NYC would become a "utopia" if it abolished its police department.
NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray recently described a world in which cops didn't enforce the city's laws as “a nirvana” amid calls to defund police departments across America.