Recent statistics released by the New York City Police Department have shown a thorough increase in murders and shootings in the first months of 2015, with sources inside the NYPD and critics of Mayor Bill De Blasio pointing out that this coincides with harsher police procedure for frisking individuals on the street pushed by the democrat.
There were almost 20 percent more homicides during the month of May in New York City compared to the same period in 2014 (before De Blasio managed to put his anti-stop and frisk agenda forward). Shootings in New York have also gone up by 9 percent since this time last year, and all of this has coincided with a more than 40 percent drop in stop and frisk actions done by the NYPD.
“What you’re seeing now are the perpetrators carrying their guns because they’re not afraid to carry them. We’ve created an atmosphere where we’ve handcuffed the police. We are sitting back, taking a less proactive approach” said Ed Mullins, head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association in an interview with the Daily News.
De Blasio has faced targeted criticism on his lenient approach to crime since he was sworn into office at the beginning of 2014, winning an election in which his campaign was primarily based around limiting the liberties NYPD officers used to take with frisking people on the street. The main objective of limiting the officers’ frisking power was to lower the number of people stopped on the street based on racial and ethnic differences rather than on accurate threat indicators, with reports previously suggesting that NYPD officers mainly targeted black and latino individuals for stop and frisk procedures. This prompted a federal demand that the city take steps towards lowering police authority in this regard.
New York crime is still mostly happening in neighborhoods which have traditionally high crime rates, such as Bronx or Brownsville, and it is mostly the product of gang activity in such areas.
To combat this, Mayor De Blasio presented a program called “Summer All Out” in a press conference held earlier this week, which seeks to bolster the number of police officers which will patrol these violent areas. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has declared that he would prefer a more targeted approach in stop and frisking towards more criminals rather than raising the level of stop and frisks altogether.
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