The head of the union representing the NYPD’s detectives has rejected bail reform as guilty behind rising crime rates in New York City, where shootings so far have risen another 40 percent this year.
“It is the fault of the elected officials. There is a link between the bail reform and what is happening in our town, ” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, in an interview with Fox news on Monday.
They encourage the criminal element. The number of shootings has gone up, the crime has gone up, the murders have been fought, every crime imaginable has been fought and the people in the city are the ones who are suffering, ”he continued.
Statistics from the NYPD show that shooting incidents increased 40 percent in 2021 through March 21, compared to the same period last year. Homicides were up 12 percent.
Paul DiGiacomo (right), president of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association, blamed rising shootings and murders in New York City on bail reform measures
Shooting incidents are up 40% in NYC so far this year. Above, a surveillance video shows a murderer fatally shooting a man in the head outside a Bronx bodega on March 5
With pandemic lockdowns taking effect in the city only in mid-March 2021, the difference is believed to be due to isolation measures, which briefly dropped crime last year.
While gun violence is booming, some other crime categories have fallen significantly so far this year. Robberies were down 28 percent, assault by 8 percent and burglaries by 12 percent.
However, the deadliest crimes continue to increase and New York City has witnessed a series of shocking violent attacks on subways and other public places.
Car thefts are also up 15 percent this year. DiGiacomo places the blame for the crime squarely on bail reform.
Bail is money posted by criminal suspects to secure their release for trial, and the money is returned to the person after they appear in court to resolve their case.
On January 1, New York State passed a sweeping law banning cash bail requirements for suspects facing a wide variety of charges, including stalking, assault without serious injury, burglary, many drug offenses, and even some types of arson and theft .
Cumulative shooting incident totals show NYC surpasses last year’s totals by 40% so far
Homicides in the city are up 12% this year from last year, data from the NYPD shows
Although the state rolled back the law last summer following an alarming rise in crime, bail remains optional for a wide variety of crimes, and suspects in New York City are often released quickly after arrest without paying bail.
Defenders of the reforms say bail is unfair to those who can’t afford it, and possibly even racist, but critics say the changes are unleashing dangerous criminals to insult again.
“It is certainly attributed to the bail reform and the recent change in the law in the city council,” DiGiacomo said of rising violent crimes.
Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson replied and asked him, “Do you think the people who made these changes thought crime would decrease if they made them?”
“I think she was just on the wave of what was popular, and they weren’t doing what was in the best interest of the people of New York City,” DiGiacomo replied.
Police at the scene where a man was fatally shot on Rosedale Avenue near Bronx River Avenue in the Bronx, NY at around 5:15 pm on March 5th
Last week, New York City Council made another sweeping change implemented by police unions, passing a bill that would make it the first major city in the country to end qualified immunity for police officers.
Qualified immunity protects government officials, including police officers, from individual lawsuits over actions in the performance of their duties, unless plaintiffs can clearly demonstrate that their constitutional rights have been violated.
“Together, the state and federal versions of qualified immunity have effectively prevented countless police brutality victims and their families from receiving financial compensation and holding officers and the cities that employ them accountable,” the press release reads.
Last summer, the city announced a series of reforms and moved to divert $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget following protests across the country following George Floyd’s death.