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NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said during his interview with local news outlet PIX11, that the NYPD is receiving about 1,000 calls per day related to social distancing. While these usually result in a conversation and education, there have been a few instances of greater criminal activity that have resulted in summonses or arrests.
In part, he attributed the rise in property crime to businesses being closed and people still on the streets taking advantage of it, adding that businesses are going through enough during this time and shouldn’t have to reopen their businesses to find they’ve been burglarized.
New York City police unions and associations are speaking out in the wake of a recent surge in crime, reversing years of record-breaking declines. The frequency of murders, robberies, and assaults continue to rise in the wake of police reforms prompted by calls to “defund the police.”
Fox News reported that homicides increased nearly 30% this year and citywide shootings nearly doubled. Subway assaults increased with two reported incidents of individuals being pushed on the track last week. A Brooklyn man surrendered to police on November 18 after thousands of people viewed a video of him firing a flamethrower while perched on top of a city bus. These numbers show a worsening over the already surging numbers that are shown in the NYPD provided numbers from earlier this year.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the rise in crime, but police groups aren’t buying it. Police unions and benevolent associations say recent efforts to “defund the police” handicapped their efforts to make arrests. Criminal justice professor Alfred Titus Jr. agreed, attributing the trend to recent bail reform efforts and NYPD budget cuts as well as the pandemic.
What do you think is the cause for the sudden and dramatic surge, especially since the cuts to the police department in NY? Share your comments below.