Brooklyn Borough president has called for the return of the NYPD’s controversial anti-crime unit just a month after it was halted over protests against police as the shootings in the Big Apple continue to soar.
Eric Adams, one of NYC’s most influential black politicians, argues that the plainclothes citizen, whose job was to take weapons off the street, may have to be reformed, but should not have been completely eliminated.
The former agent, who is mayor in 2021, said the unit’s absence led “bad guys” to think they could do “whatever you want.”
He made the comments after another violent weekend in New York City and a wave of shootings that resulted in the death of a one-year-old child.
President of Brooklyn Borough, one of NYC’s most influential black politicians, claims that NYPD’s anti-crime unit should never have been disbanded when speaking of recent shootings
“Babies are not meant to be carried in a chest,” Adams said CBS while holding up a pair of baby shoes.
“I think total elimination is something we should reevaluate. Right now, bad guys say if you don’t see blue and white, you can do whatever you want. ‘
Set out his vision for the return of unity to the New York PostAdams, the leading democratic candidate for mayor, said the unit should replace its “overly aggressive officers”.
Instead, ‘police officers more suited to very difficult police work’ would be placed.
“Moving forward with the reform of the police does not mean that we must decline in public security. The problem with the police anti-crime unit was not the strategy behind it – it was some of the officers in it, ”he said.
Adams added that he would “move detectives and other officers from low crime areas to crime hot spots when peaks arise.”
On June 15, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded plainclothes anti-crime clothes that had focused on stopping people and looking for weapons.
The controversial units were involved in Eric Garner’s death in 2014 and have long been criticized for aggressive tactics. Therefore, in a major redeployment, the country’s largest police force reassigned about 600 plainclothes agents, effective immediately.
The NYPD’s anti-crime units, which mainly focused on the seizure of illegal weapons, were responsible for a disproportionate number of shootings and complaints, Shea said of his decision.
The commissioner made the announcement amid a nationwide reckoning of the police brutality caused by George Floyd’s death in Minnesota.
Adams is on his way to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio in the picture in 2021. The Brooklyn Borough President, a former police officer, claims he would return the anti-crime unit disbanded last month
A holdover from the department’s ‘stop and frisk’ era, the anti-crime unit no longer fits into a department that has shifted to a heavier reliance on intelligence, data and shot detection technology to detect crime. fight, Shea said.
“Make no mistake, this is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD controls this amazing city,” Shea said. “It will be immediately felt in the communities we protect.”
Still, Adams is just one of many voices calling for them to return to take weapons off the streets as violence in the city intensifies.
According to CBS, the shootings rose 277 percent last week – 49 compared to 13 in 2019 – because NYPD statistics showed a massive drop in gun arrests.
The number of victims also increased by 253 percent, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.
Toddler Davell Gardner Jr. was one of the fatally shot in NYC over the weekend
Recordings have risen more than 50 percent this year compared to 2019, with 585 incidents reported on July 5, and June was the most violent month in the city since 1996, the New York Post reports.
Last weekend, there were 28 shooting incidents and 35 casualties in the city’s five boroughs, compared to just five incidents and six casualties in the same period from Friday to Sunday last year, Fox news reports.
Among them was one-and-a-half-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. who was fatally shot while sitting in his stroller outside the Raymond Bush Playground in the Bedford-Stuyvestant neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced Monday’s shootings and said, “This is not something we can allow in our city. It is heartbreaking. ‘
“It’s heartbreaking for so many reasons and starts with the fact that there are so many weapons and that’s a tragedy in New York,” said the Blasio.
Still, community activist Tony Herbert told CBS that the mayor has the young Garnder blood on his hands.
“The guns keep firing and now we have a 1 year old and the blood is on the mayor’s hands and state law,” said Herbert.
The dissolution of the anti-crime unit already caused outrage to the police when it was first announced.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch warned city leaders to “consider the consequences.”
Anti-Crime’s mission was to protect New Yorkers by preventing proactive crime, especially gun violence. Shootings and killings are both rising steadily, but our city leaders have clearly decided that proactive police work is no longer a priority, “Lynch said in a statement.
Mayor Blasio, pictured on the right, has been criticized harshly for allowing the civilian anti-crime units to be disbanded. Adams, pictured on the left, said it is necessary to ‘re-evaluate’
“They chose this strategy. They will have to take the consequences into account. ‘
Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly also blamed Mayor De Blasio for the move.
“He removed the police. One of the most important, most important things [de Blasio] did he eliminate the anti-crime units across the city – they are the real crime fighters, “he told Fox.
‘[They were] those who have been able to tackle violent crime in New York City for decades. That unit is gone. ‘
However, the Blaiso doubled the decision on Tuesday and praised the move to wipe out the gun-hunting unit.
“This is something we’ve seen very, very sad in the past and we’ve had to fight back before and we’ll fight back again,” the Blasio told reporters.
“We do that by bringing police and community together in a common case,” he added.
The mayor blamed the peak in crime on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Every aspect of life is disrupted,” he said. “Come on, we don’t have business here as usual.”