As Kemberlee blogged earlier this week, New York City decided to eliminate its plain clothes anti-crime units.  To no one’s surprise, the effort is already a disaster as shootings in the city have surged.

There have been 28 reported incidents, with 38 victims just since Monday’s announcement.

The New York Post reports:

Shootings are surging this week in New York City, with 28 incidents and 38 victims reported since Monday — the day the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit, The Post learned on Friday.

By comparison, the same week last year there were only 12 shootings for the entire week.

In the most recent reported shooting, at 4 p.m. Friday in East New York, Brooklyn, a 27-year-old man died of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, face and leg in front of 640 Stanley Avenue.

A 17-year-old boy who was also shot there was in stable condition, police said.

“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” one angry law enforcement source said Friday.

. . . . Members of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit were reassigned to uniformed patrol duties on Monday — part of what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called a “seismic” shift affecting some 600 cops.

On Saturday alone, 19 people were wounded in various shootings around New York City.

NBC New York reports:

At least 19 people were injured in more than a dozen shootings across New York City since 12 a.m., the NYPD reported Saturday afternoon.

The police department says it’s investigating 13 separate shootings that occurred in the 12 hours since midnight. A 35-year-old male shot in Brooklyn just after 11 a.m.

According to data provided by the NYPD, six shootings occurred in the Bronx, four in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Manhattan.

. . . .  The NYPD says its officers are also investigating eight shootings from Friday that injured at least nine people. One of the victims of Friday’s shootings has died, the spokesperson said.

This weekend is the first since NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced he was disbanding undercover anti-crime units across every precinct.


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