De Blasio's New York: 10 Shootings Leave One Dead, 14 Injured in 9-Hour Period
So far this year, there has been 540 shooting incidents in New york
Violent gun crime in New York City has shown no signs of slowing after fourteen people were shot and one person killed between Thursday and Friday last week.
The shootings took place over just nine hours, ABC 7 New York reported.
So far this year, there have been 540 shooting incidents in New york.
In 2019, the shootings in the city were at 365.
The reports follow news that over 100 people were wounded, and at least six died as a result of 83 shootings in June.
Earlier this month, an $88.1 billion budget was passed by the New York City Council, following $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD with support from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The cuts came as the shootings included the death of an 11-year-old child.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced the cuts from the budget and, instead, diverting the money to social services.
The effects of the cuts include:
Reducing overtime by $352 million
Cutting the size of the police force by 1,163 cops
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Despite the carnage, De Blasio insists this would not decrease public safety.
The majority of cuts to the NYPD was realized by transferring the department’s school safety and crossing guard functions to other city agencies.
NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan said there are various reasons for the increase in shootings, which included the controversial new bail reform law in the state, following George Floyd’s death.
Cuomo’s bail reform law virtually eliminates bail for a number of nonviolent and violent crimes.
"If you listen to the city council, they want less policing," Monahan said.
"They want to defund the police, but as I look out there right now with the violence going on, it's not a good sign," he added.
"We need some clarity from the city council and from the communities we serve, exactly how they want to be policed," Monahan said.
Last month, de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, said that NYC would become a "utopia" if it abolished its police department, law courts, and presumably prisons.
“That would be like nirvana, a utopia that we are nowhere close to getting to,” McCray declared, referring to the possibility of a police-free metropolis.