New York City is descending into chaos and liberal politicians like Mayor Bill de Blasio have only themselves to blame.
When violent BLM/ANTIFA riots hit the streets of the Big Apple in 2020, they did nothing to combat the crime wave.
They simply gave the criminals a slap on the wrist and released them back onto the streets.
And things have fared no better in 2021.
In fact, they’ve gotten significantly worse, and this past week was the most violent of the year for NYC.
Gun violence and homicides are skyrocketing with zero end in sight.
Instead of being tough on crime, Di Blasio keeps bribing gangbangers with temporary jobs, basketball games, and gun buy-back programs.
Who honestly believes hardened criminals will willingly give up their guns?
Di Blasio and his progressive cronies have spent the past year crying to defund the police and turning cops into villains.
That has given street criminals the incentive to usher in madness and chaos onto decent, hard-working people.
Welcome to NYC!
Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city.
The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges. pic.twitter.com/3FuiBEEcE1
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) April 26, 2021
NYPD detective is attacked as he probes robbery: NYC police union blames De Blasio for soaring crime as shootings rocket by 257% https://t.co/1qG7kGjrjx
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 27, 2021
A terrifying reminder of a particularly violent night in #NYC. A bullet through a van – shattering the back window – a man shot in the leg. One of 12 shooting victims last night alone. The sharp increase in gun violence and what the mayor plans to do about it – at 6 @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/ATc51fQkkc
— Phil Lipof (@lipoftv) April 25, 2021
Police are searching for the gunman in a deadly Upper East Side shooting Monday. It comes after a particularly violent weekend in NYC. So what’s @NYCMayor ‘s plan for rising gun violence? @CBSNewYork https://t.co/DLkKxnIMA3 pic.twitter.com/qHDX2Wnb03
— Ali Bauman (@AliBaumanTV) April 27, 2021
Gun violence has skyrocketed due to de Blasio and his progressive cohorts emboldening criminals.
With a 300% uptick in violent crime across the five boroughs, the NYPD is running ragged to stop every crime.
The look on this officer’s face says it all:
— Zeek Arkham, The Notorious CWA (@ZeekArkham) April 26, 2021
CBS New York reported on Di Blasio’s “Safe Summer NYC” plan:
The NYPD is shifting 200 cops from administrative jobs to street patrols, a dramatic decrease from the 300 cops who got anti-gun assignments last summer.
De Blasio was on the defensive.
“We’re going to make sure that the officers are where we need them to be and we’ll make adjustments. We’re going to be adjusting not just to the precinct level but down to the block level,” he said.
The major target will be gangbangers, like two rival Brownsville gangs alarmingly caught on video in a shootout last year.
But the city’s plan is not just about making more arrests. Officials hope to stop youth violence by offering positive alternatives, including:
- 2,000 summer jobs
- Night basketball games at 100 sites
- Gun buy-back programs
- The reactivation of Operation Ceasefire, which focuses on sending members of the community to talk to gang members
“In order for us to stop the violence, we have to get these young men and women in the right direction, get them out of the gangs, teach them a trade,” Harrison said.
It’s a tall order. The number of shooting victims was up 262% for the week that ended two days ago — 29 compared to eight last year.
Manny Gomez, a security expert and former NYPD sergeant who focused on violent crimes, said offering positive alternatives might not be the answer to getting gangbangers off the streets.
“They’re not very likely to break off from their gang culture and ethos to go play basketball or have other kinds of friendly activities with police officers,” Gomez said.
Gomez said the mayor needs to send a message to his police force that even in these defund-the-cops times, he supports them and wants them to take decisive action.
“If these violent criminals feel comfortable that the police are not really going to interact with them, are really there just to be a uniform presence, the violence will continue,” Gomez said.
Ending the violence is key to the city’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. As Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said repeatedly, the economy won’t come back unless people feel safe.
Daily Mail also reported:
A NYPD detective was hit over the head with a stick in a brazen daytime attack, as a leading police union branded the Big Apple ‘the city of violence’ while attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio over a 257 per cent spike in shootings.
On Monday afternoon, a detective in Queens was hit over the head with a plastic baton by a man, as he investigated a scene.
Akeele Morgan, 25, of the Bronx, was arrested not far from the scene on 39th Avenue, near Prince Street in Flushing, police said.
The Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) – which represents more than 11,000 current and past NYPD officers, tweeted: ‘Welcome to the city of violence’ while attacking de Blasio for investing $30 million on boosting tourism instead of tackling crime.
They spoke out as an unnamed 20-year-old man was shot and killed in broad daylight near Manhattan’s Park Avenue on Monday.
Monday’s shooting – said to be linked to a cannabis deal gone wrong – came at the end of a week that saw 50 people shot across the city.
That is a 257 per cent spike from the same time last year, when the pandemic forced New Yorkers into their homes.
From 12am on Friday until midnight on Sunday, 31 people were wounded in 28 shootings, and six killed.
Among those who lost their lives was Jason Rivera, 35, who shot and killed in the Bronx on Friday while asking a man sat on a bench if he was okay.
And on Saturday, an unnamed former NYPD cop was hit by a stray bullet after leaving a party a group of men had been turned away from, prompting them to open fire.
The 30 year-old was struck in the stomach, and is expected to survive her injuries.
A record 66.6 million tourists visited the city in 2019, according to NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization.
That figure fell to 22.3 million in 2020, but NYC & Company has projected it would increase to 36.4 million in 2021, thanks to the $30 million investment.
Earlier this month, a concerned Brooklyn mother called Nicole confronted DeBlasio during a radio phone-in about shootings in New York, and asked him ‘What’s being done?’
And the NY Post weighed in:
New York City endured its bloodiest week so far this year, as gun violence continues to soar ahead of what could be another violent summer.
NYPD data shows 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents over a seven-day period ending Sunday evening — a more than 250 percent surge from the same week in 2020.
Last year, the NYPD says it logged 12 shootings with 14 victims during the same time — more than a month into the city’s COVID-19 lockdown, according to the weekly Compstat data.
But the same week in 2019 saw nearly identical figures.
This weekend alone recorded nearly two dozen shootings to cap off the violent week, according to police.
The nearly year-long trend in gunplay began last spring as New Yorkers grappled with the first wave of COVID-19.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly chalked up the troubling surge to a “perfect storm” of variables caused by the pandemic — including a court slowdown — despite evidence to the contrary.
The shootings, however, have shown no signs of slowing even as the city and state slowly reopen.
So far this year, 376 shootings have been reported with 416 victims, according to NYPD data.
The mayor announced his policing plan to curb the gun violence last week, but nearly all of the measures were implemented in 2020, including the “Summer All Out” initiative that failed to slow a months-long surge in shootings.
Di Blasio’s inept leadership has failed NYC.
In the matter of a few years, the city is now a disgusting trash heap that’s being decimated by violent crime.
It’s a shame, but I don’t expect things to start improving until there’s new leadership.