Former NYPD detective claimed defunding the police and other reforms “have made criminals ‘fully empowered.'”
Violence has embroiled New York City since the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic hit with significant escalation after the death of George Floyd.
NYPD data show the city topped 1,000 shootings for 2020 on Sunday. It also shows that shootings average at least 10 people a day in the city.
The latest report states that “25 people were shot in New York City this past weekend, four of them fatally.”
From The New York Post:
With four more months left in 2020, New York City logged 1,004 shootings as of Aug. 30, according to NYPD data released Monday. Last year, there had been just 537 by that time.
It is the first time the city has eclipsed the benchmark in gun violence since 2015, when 1,138 shootings were recorded for the entire year.
“Mr. Mayor it is time to stop calling New York the safest big city,” a Brooklyn cop quipped to The Post.
Gun violence has consistently escalated the last 13 weeks.
Despite the violence, the city council and Mayor Bill de Blasio cut millions of funds towards the police.
This has worried victims of gun violence. The New York Daily News reported that “Jovan Sanchez might’ve supported defunding the police had his brother not been gunned down on the Fourth of July.”
It’s been two months and no one has arrested anyone in connection with Jamal Sanchez’s death:
“Jamal was a good man. I still wake up every day and I cannot believe that someone killed my brother,” said Jovan Sanchez, 38.
“I’m not quite sure we can leave it up to a community to protect our own. I don’t think that we have that capability yet, as a people, as a community,” he said.
A cop put Rebecca McCalla’s son in a chokehold in 2016. He lost 15 vacation days.
But McCalla is against the defund movement because she knows not all cops are bad:
“I feel like they’re giving up. They feel like everybody is against them. Not everybody wants them defunded,” McCalla said.
Afterward, McCalla was inspired to get more involved in her community and local precinct. “We still need the cops, we just want to see better from them,” she explained.
Who is to blame?
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres want “an investigation into whether an unannounced NYPD work slowdown accounts for the rise in crime.” They think cops are protesting the reforms by not showing up.
Former NYPD Detective Pat Brosnan points the finger at the Democratic politicians:
“Both politicians, the councilman and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are 1,000% wrong,” said Brosnan, who added that “the 100% uptick in gun violence, meaning twice as many New Yorkers will be shot versus this time last year,” is a result of what he refers to as the “deadly sins.”
“It started with defunding the police, it moved into disbanding [the] city wide anti-crime [unit], they’re the folks, by the way, who take the guns off the street,” Brosnan explained. “It moved on to disinterested prosecutors, [who say], ‘We’re not going the prosecute those crimes. Not important, instead let’s empty the jails’ [and are] discharging prisoners.”
Brosnan said all of those actions “desecrated the NYPD” before adding that “just when it couldn’t get worse, they dropped … the diaphragm law on us in mid-August like a hand grenade.”
Brosnan declared the reforms “have made criminals ‘fully empowered'” because now they can carry their guns and know that no one will search them.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also disputed the allegations from Torres and Adams:
“When you cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the budget, we have literally taken thousands of officers off of the street this summer,” Shea said. “It’s done at a time when we know violence is going to peak,” he adds.
Shea said, “it’s been busy summer,” but there is no “slowdown”, noting that the NYPD needs some help on policies and laws.
“I can tell you the detectives made arrests on 19 separate shootings or homicide incidents just last week.”
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