Bill de Blasio recommends that MORE police officers be stationed on the streets of NYC to curb the wave of gun violence
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his new ‘Take Back the Block’ initiative to curb gun violence in New York City at a news conference Friday
Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked the NYPD to place more agents at violent hotspots in New York City after weeks of bloodshed on the street – despite the department’s budget just cut by $ 1 billion.
The Blasio unveiled its new ‘Take Back the Block’ initiative to curb gun violence in the Big Apple on Friday, nearly a week after 63 people were shot over the weekend on July 4 and at least 11 were killed.
“We are taking back our streets in Harlem and everywhere in our city, but we are doing it from scratch,” the mayor said at a news conference.
“We are going to break the cycle of violence.
As of tonight, you’ll see a combination of things happening: increased NYPD presence at hot spots in key locations, more patrol officers on foot in vehicles, but also more community presence because that’s key, community leaders, commission organizations walking with police officers and demonstrate a common cause. ‘
According to city data, gun violence in New York City increased by more than 140 percent in the past month compared to the same period last year.
NYPD leaders quickly pointed the Blasio after he cut the budget by $ 1 billion late last month in response to demands from Black Lives Matter protesters.
De Blasio said the initiative will see more agents at violent hotspots in Harlem and other parts of the city starting Friday night. Officers are shown at the scene of a shooting in Harlem on July 5
Last week, the mayor has repeatedly pledged to present a plan to fight the wave of violence, and after days of delay, he finally did on Friday – albeit without NYPD officials present.
“We’ve seen some really tough weekends, especially last weekend and especially in Harlem,” said de Blasio.
“We saw way too much violence and that is not acceptable in this city. We can’t let people live in fear, we can’t have our youth in the crosshairs. ‘
The mayor’s plan relies heavily on greater community involvement rather than police presence, although he did say more officers would be sent to more than 20 streets and in urban housing complexes.
De Blasio said he wanted to engage community members to serve as “violators of violence” and to increase faith-based outreach programs on the street as part of a strengthened “neighborhood watch.”
He said his initiative will also work to increase youth engagement by introducing pop-up basketball events and a ‘town hall’ for children.
“We need to do better and it should be better this weekend, especially in Harlem, where we focus a lot of our efforts,” said de Blasio.
“Everyone agreed on a common vision, working together.”
At least 63 people were shot, 11 fatally, during 44 shots separate shots in New York City over the holiday weekend. Police respond to the scene of a shooting that killed a 23-year-old man in Harlem early in the morning of July 5.
An officer sees damage to a police SUV in the Bronx investigated on July 4 after two officers were injured when a bullet hit the windshield
It is unclear whether the NYPD is officially on board De Blasio’s “common vision” after repeatedly attacking his recent police reforms in the face of mounting violence on the street.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea accused De Blasio of “bowing to the Mafia rule” by cutting the department’s budget, saying the ensuing violence over the weekend of July 4 was “predictable.”
THE AMAZING JUNE OF NEW YORK CITY
The NYPD released its crime statistics for June on Monday, revealing a dramatic spike in gun violence the same month last year.
New York City saw shootings increase by 130 percent (205 vs 89) and homicides by 30 percent compared to June 2019 – with rates rising in all five boroughs.
Other crimes are also on the rise: burglaries increase by 118 percent (1,783 vs. 817) and car thefts increase by 51 percent (696 vs. 462).
While the NYPD has made a total of about 40,000 fewer arrests in 2020 compared to last year, firearms arrests are rampant with 1,679 reports so far in 2020, compared to 1,683 in all 12 months last year.
“You heard me say, ‘A storm is coming,’ and we’re in the middle of it now,” Shea told NY1 on Monday.
Shea argued that there is enough debt to go around, but specifically condemned the mayor’s latest reforms.
He ridiculed a new local law criminalizing the use of chokeholds and said, “Police officers need not worry about getting arrested any more than the person with the gun they roll around on the street with.”
Shea also criticized how the prisoner population on Rikers Island has been reduced by half thanks to bail reform and efforts to limit the spread of the corona virus in the infamous prison.
“Where’s the other half now?” Shea asked. “We have transplanted the general population to the streets of New York City and it is extremely frustrating. And don’t think this happens by chance. This is organized. ‘
However, Shea said it’s not too late to tackle the chaos in the city.
“We can fix this,” he said. “We don’t need a lot of new things.
“What we need is support – which is scarce. We need tools. We need the laws that make sense. And then we need resources. Those three things and we can turn this around quickly. ‘
NYPD chief Terence Monahan also weighed in on weekend violence on Monday, calling it “ unacceptable. ”
He said the increase was due to “a combination of things,” including the pandemic, new reforms, and heightened tensions between police and civilians.
“The hostility to the police is enormous,” said Monahan.
“Almost everyone we deal with wants to fight a police officer when we make an arrest, so it’s vital that we get communities together that support and speak to the police.”
NYPD chief Terence Monahan (left) and NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea (right) both condemned De Blasio’s decision to cut the department’s budget.
De Blasio attempted to defend his police reforms at a news conference on Monday afternoon, blaming the wave of violence for the corona virus pandemic.
The mayor acknowledged that the city saw “too much violence” between Friday and Sunday and said, “We have a lot of work to do.”
But he argued that “there is no single cause for such a thing,” citing court shortcomings, economic uncertainty, and the fact that residents are restless after months in coronavirus locking.
“This is directly related to the coronavirus,” said de Blasio. “This is a very serious situation. As we get warmer and warmer, we feel the effects of people who are locked up for months, the economy has not restarted – we have a real problem here. ‘
De Blasio vowed to “double” the violence against violence with a multiple response that would emphasize neighborhood police.
He called for “all hands on deck” with community leaders and elected officials as the city tries to avoid “getting a really heavy hand.”
“It was the healthcare crisis in March and April, May that we got out, the warmer months,” he said. “People are locked up, they don’t have the normal things to live their lives.
“But we’re going to overcome it. It will be heavy and hard work. I know it’s very disturbing to people, but we’re going to fight it back. ‘