NYC and Portland have both caved to the riotous mob and you would know that violent crime in both cities has skyrocketed.

According to the NY Post, NYC has experienced more shootings already this year than in all of 2019 and there’s still 5 months left. But when the city disbanded the NYPD’s anti-crime unit, what did they think would happen?

There have been more shootings so far this year in New York City than in all of 2019.

A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.

And it’s only the first days of August, with five more months before the year is over.

“It only gets worse from here,” warned Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.”

The year’s plague of gunplay has touched every borough, killing or injuring 942 victims and cutting down not just hardened gang members but innocent children.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and police brass have put forth a litany of possible explanations for the bloodshed: The coronavirus pandemic, the corresponding closure of courts, anti-cop sentiment, restrictive new legislation, the disbanding of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit and the since-debunked notion that inmates released under state bail-reform law were to blame.

De Blasio has offered only a vague plan to combat the problem that largely amounts to gun-buyback programs and an increase in foot patrols  in areas with high shootings.

Portland is no better off. There, police have recorded the highest homicide rate in one month in more than thirty years. From Oregon Live:

Portland police are scrambling to respond to 15 homicides in the city so far in July. That’s the most killings in one month in more than three decades, they said.

So far this year, 24 people have died in homicides in Portland.

There have been a total of 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau.

While homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism are up this year compared to last year, total person-to-person and property crimes are still down from prior years, according to bureau figures.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell on Thursday said he’s very concerned about the heightened violence and is pulling officers from patrol to the detective division to help work on follow-up investigations.

He noted that the bureau was forced to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team at the direction of the City Council. The 34-member team was disbanded July 1 as a result of budget cuts to police units that have targeted a disproportionate number of black people in traffic stops.

“What was really lost was the follow-up piece, picking up video , contacting people,” Lovell said.

It’s worth noting that the leadership is both cities is not Republican. You cannot placate the mob. I mean, you can, but the outcome is certainly not worth it. You can also neuter the police force and hinder their ability to pursue violent criminals (as both cities have done) and result is a significantly less safe community. This seems fairly obvious, and yet…

 

 
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