Black New Yorkers Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit Amid Surging Violence
Leaders in African-American community respond to rise in shootings
Black New Yorkers are calling on the New York Police Department (NYPD) to bring back their anti-crime unit amid surging violence, shootings, and homicides in the city.
Leaders in the African-American community are urging the NYPD to deal with the recent violent crime surge in the city by reinstating the plainclothes police unit.
The department recently dismantled the unit as calls to "defund the police" exploded in wake of the death of George Floyd.
According to CBS New York, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop, “became the second member of the African-American community to call on the NYPD to stop the violence by re-instituting the Anti-Crime Unit."
The unit was a group of undercover cops tasked with getting guns off the city's streets.
Since the unit was shut down, shootings have skyrocketed.
Shootings for last week went up 277%, with 49 compared to 13 in 2019.
The number of victims for the same week is up 253%; 60 compared to 17 in 2019.
Adams spoke out after a one-year-old baby was shot dead in Brooklyn over the weekend.
In a dramatic moment, Adams held up a pair of baby shoes as he spoke to reporters.
“Babies are not supposed to be wearing these in a coffin,” Adams said.
“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said.
“Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”
Activist Tony Herbert also told CBS New York that he agrees, saying, “we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature.”
The New York Democrat argues that the violence in NYC is due to recent high unemployment.
During a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, the congresswoman made the misleading remarks which were later posted to Twitter by The Hill.
“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now?" she responded.
"The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?"
AOC then claimed the massive $1 billion budgetary cut by the New York City Police Department wasn’t “really real.”
"Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don't have money," Ocasio-Cortez continued.
"So they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
Meanwhile, a Long Island sheriff has warned that New York City authorities are "starting to lose control" of the skyrocketing violence after two elderly men were stabbed with scissors on the subway in NYC last week.
"When you see the vandalism in all our own communities - when you see the assaults, you see Molotov cocktails being thrown at law enforcement vehicles, you have to start to realize that, we're starting to lose control," warned Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon.
"And once we start to lose control, we're not losing control to peaceful protesters, these are criminals," Sheriff Errol Toulon told Fox News.
"And so once we start to relinquish authority to them, we're going to have chaos in our streets."