Violence explodes: 166% increase in shootings as New York City defunds the police – where’s the media?

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A slow motion massacre is playing out on the streets of New York City. 

The city hit a tragic milestone this weekend with more than 1,000 shootings so far this year. The number already surpasses the 2019 total, and there are still months to go in 2020. 

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s city saw a surge in crime in August, in particular.

Statistics from the New York City Police Department say there were 242 shootings in August 2020, compared to 91 shooting incidents in August 2019. That is a 166% increase. 

Year to date, there has been an 87% increase from 2019, with 1,014 shootings compared to 541 at this point last year. 

Police say Staten Island is the only borough that has not seen reports of shootings climb. 

In areas that have seen more gunfire, numbers say those crimes are increasingly deadly too. 

Murder is up 34% in 2020. The first eight months of the year saw 291 killings, as opposed to 217 at this time last year. 

In a quote to the New York Post, a Brooklyn cop who asked not to be identified said: 

“Mr. Mayor, it is time to stop calling New York the safest big city.” 

Like Chicago, New York City has seen particularly violent weekends in the summer months. 

On August 19, the Post reported that gunfire erupted in Brooklyn during daylight hours. A bullet hit a man completely unconnected to the shooter or the shooter’s target, permanently paralyzing him. 

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The man, Sam Metcalfe, was reportedly on a walk. The post said he had joined his wife on an errand to buy toothpaste so that he could hold an umbrella for her in the rain. 

His sister in law, Krista Zigorski told the Post: 

 “Almost immediately, [he] couldn’t feel his legs. We now know that the bullet hit his kidney and stopped when it hit his spine.” 

The spike in shootings, and overall violence, is shocking in a city that for so long was locked down during the pandemic, to an extent unseen in many other areas of the country. 

Still, police have been tasked with protecting the city during a healthcare crisis, that’s dovetailed with widespread unrest over social justice issues this summer. 

A department-run account posted this tweet on the final day of August, barely scraping the surface of the challenges officer have faced this summer: 

“Despite challenges, NYPD officers are undaunted. They’ve made 353 gun arrests this August – outpacing the tally by this time last year. And they’re keeping this pace in the face of attrition; a hiring freeze; overtime cuts; and a surge in shootings across NYC.” 

A citywide crime update posted monthly to the NYPD website says the department will try to address the “surging violence” by shifting officers to neighborhoods that are experiencing upticks in shootings. 

It says that officers will also be:

“collecting timely intelligence about crime and criminal conditions and addressing them in real time” and using a “combination of short and long-term investigations to root out the persistent drivers of violence.”  

In the post, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said: 

“Despite all the continuing challenges, our NYPD officers are undaunted. The work of our officers represents the best of the policing profession and it continues as they increasingly engage with all of our community partners to protect life, prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods.” 

On Twitter, Commissioner Shea has been posting about the uptick in recent days. He tweeted a clip from a news interview on Tuesday, September 1st, with the caption: 

“NYPD cops are out there — going into harm’s way, sometimes getting hurt, protecting New Yorkers. It’s what they do every single day and night.” 

In response, he saw an outpouring of support. 

A user going by “Tabueno” replied: 

“Per your request: Thank you! Good job! The NYPD is not perfect, but it’s a VERY hard job and you kept the city safe for many years. Don’t let idiots like @BilldeBlasio @NYCMayor @AOC get you down.” 

Another user named “WV Ken” tweeted his thanks from outside New York state lines, typing: 

“I’m not from NY, but I have nothing but respect for all honest police, which I say is about 97%. I know the NYPD has probably the toughest job in the world, and you got jackasses de Blasio and Cuomo making it harder, they suck. Thanks for all you do men and women of the NYPD.” 

New York City: Assault suspect skips court date. Why? Because she was (allegedly) busy murdering someone.

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A 20-year-old woman, who was slated to appear in court in New York City for a status update on a separate case, managed to miss her appearance and is now facing new charges.

Not because she missed her court appearance exactly – but because she missed her appearance due to her being allegedly busy murdering a former roommate of hers when she was supposed to be in court.

Kaylha Armand was said to have stabbed to death 20-year-old Fateema Boston on August 18th while the two were inside of Armand’s apartment. Sources say that the two had once lived together in a group home at one point, but the two’s history wasn’t expanded much beyond that.

The now deceased Boston was a mother of two boys, aged 1 and 3-years-old. Police say that there was some kind of dispute that took place in the Washington Heights apartment at around 4:30 p.m. on August 18th that led to the murder.

Armand legal troubles from the past had placed her in a program where she was instructed to receive mental health treatment for two prior assault cases, instead of Armand being sent to prison for those cases. The suspect is also said to be currently dealing with a ongoing robbery case as well.

A police source was flabbergasted at the amount of leniency that was shown to Armand in previous cases:

“How many chances can you give a person before you realize jail is the only solution? Maybe if the judge would’ve figured this out, the victim in this case would still be alive.”

Looking back at the previous cases where Armand was shown lenience, it’s understandable why someone would question the judge’s take on how to deal with Armand.

In 2016, Armand was at a mental health facility and was involved in a vicious gang assault against a staff member at the facility. She, along with two others at the facility, beat a staff member from the facility with an ottoman.

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That 2016 case first saw Armand sent to Rikers, where she then was charged with assaulting a correctional officer in 2018. After pleading guilty in both of those cases, Supreme Court Justice April Newbauer was said to have afforded Armand an opportunity to seek mental health treatment instead of going to prison.

It should be noted that the prosecutors were seeking 1 to 3 years in prison for those cases.

Under Judge Newbauer’s order, Armand was supposed to check in with the courts periodically to give status updates on how her treatment was progressing. However, she never showed up on August 18th according to Bronx District Attorney’s Office:

“Miss Armand has since failed at several programs, and at each instance, an ADA recommended the jail alternative be imposed, but it was not. She was due back in court on Aug. 18 for an update but did not show and a bench warrant was ordered.”

Nearly three months prior to the murder of Boston, Armand was arrested on May 30th for an alleged robbery that resulted in the victim also being injured. But obviously that case didn’t result in Armand going to jail or prison and was allowed to remain on the outlines afforded by Judge Newbauer.

Considering the resulting murder of Boston, court spokesperson Lucian Chalfen actually defended the prior actions of Judge Newbauer:

“Judge Newbauer, based on the facts and circumstances of the charges, felt that a supervised release program would both be beneficial to the defendant and ensure her return to court.”

The victim’s cousin, Takayla Boston, is not at all pleased at how the courts handled Armand’s previous cases. Since there was constant clamoring about Armand having mental health issues, Takayla feels like Armand should’ve been forcibly committed:

“If she wasn’t allowed to walk free, my cousin would still be here with us. If you all are going to claim she’s crazy, put her in the nuthouse.”

The suspect has since been charged with the murder of Boston.

In the meantime in New York, NYC is struggling financially under the leadership of Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio.

And as if the pandemic shutdown wasn’t a financial hit enough, protests and riots throughout the city raised a significant bill to work and clean up the mess. 

As a result, de Blasio is looking to cut several thousand jobs from the city.  But it’s been revealed that his wife maintains a staff which is paid more than $2 million a year, at all the expense of taxpayers.

Chirlane McCray, the wife of de Blasio, maintains a full time staff of employees, according to The City, of 14 people. 

Although public records requests only show 8 full-time employees, at the cost of roughly $1.1 million in salaries, The City reports “a shadow staff of at least six full-time workers who don’t appear on her official roster.” 

With those people accounted for, they payroll goes up to $2 million per year.  The city says that the numbers are skewed because the six employees are paid through other city departments. 

McCray, who is exploring running for the Brooklyn borough president position, which is being left vacant due to term limits of the incumbent, has a total staff of 14 people according to The City.  This is concerning since de Blasio is looking to identify 22,000 jobs to cut from the City’s payroll to meet budgetary demands.

The Daily Mail reports that Dabash Negash, an employee of McCray’s, was hired after de Blasio mandated a hiring freeze for the rest of the city.  It is reported that Negash is considered a senior advisor for McCray and is reportedly paid $150,000 a year. 

Other employees of McCray include a speech writer with a salary of $117,000 a year, another senior advisor making $150,000 a year, public relations director at $143,000 a year and a special assistant who pulls down $115,000 annually.  City Councilman Eric Ulrich is not pleased after learning of the bloated staff for McCray.

Ulrich said that the staff was a “disgrace.”  He told the New York Post:

“How much taxpayer money will the mayor’s wife pilfer before leaving office?  How can she sleep at night hiring these hacks knowing so many other workers are facing layoffs this fall?  This is a disgrace!”

However, City Hall does not seem concerned about the size nor cost of McCray’s staff.  City Hall spokeswoman Chanel Caraway told the Post:

“The First Lady (ha!) manages a robust portfolio and her team works tirelessly to carry out goals and priorities on issues like mental health and domestic violence that will improve the lives of New Yorkers. 

As they City navigates unprecedented challenges triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, these public servants continue to show up every day to deliver solutions that reach into every neighborhood and family, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.” 

While it is doubtful that the 22,000 employees who are facing layoffs in the new fiscal year would be grateful to McCray and her staff, it is less logical that the average New Yorker would be.  This is considering that the city cannot even keep trash from backing up on the streets. 

Mayor de Blasio’s efforts at getting financial relief from the federal government were refused.  In addition, the Democratic state legislators also refused any loans, calling the request irresponsible

Democratic State Senator John Liu talked about the loan request, saying:

“It wasn’t a plan, but merely an ask that wasn’t back by sound rationale, and now obviated given the budget deal with the Council….Our children do not owe the Mayor a blank check.”

Despite rebukes and refusals to bail out New York City, de Blasio refuses to look at every angle to find a way to save money, and perhaps some jobs in the process.  Considering McCray’s staff takes up $2 million of the city budget, if those employees are taken off of the payroll, perhaps some of the 22,000 people could remain employed. 

Report: NY Mayor de Blasio names his wife to head ‘coronavirus racial inequality task force’

April 27, 2020 – NEW YORK, N.Y.- This is why people hate politics. Some politicians do not even try to make it look like they are not trying to take care of friends and family.

The latest example of what’s arguably nepotism? Look no further than the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. He just named his wife Chirlane McCray to head a so-called coronavirus recovery task force.

Of course, the coronavirus has been outed as a racist affliction, so part of de Blasio’s motivation in appointing his wife is to make sure that “racial inclusion and equity” in the recovery was addressed.

What makes this appointment even more controversial is the fact that McCray ran something called “Thrive NYC,” which has been roundly criticized in the city as a “mismanaged money pit,” that produced no results despite the fact that it gets $250 million a year.

According to the New York Post,  the program went through over $565 million in taxpayers’ money prior to last year and had basically achieved nothing.

City Councilman Ritchie Torres said:

“There’s no evidence it’s working. We have to evaluate the effectiveness of each program. It should be done on a case by case basis.

“If there’s a program that’s been found to be ineffective, we should pull the plug. If there’s a program that’s found to be effective, we should continue it.”

According to National Review, the city has spent over $1 billion on the program since it was founded in 2015. Between 2015 and 2018 they said:

“The number of police complaints in the city involving mentally disturbed people rose 23 percent, and the number of mentally ill homeless individuals rose by over 2,000 over the same period.”

Despite the fact that the program hadn’t shown much as far as results, McCray criticized her detractors, saying:

“The truth is haters gonna hate. The haters want to hate because Thrive is doing very important work.”

Last year, the program was the subject of some controversy after it pulled out of an event for first responders, because the pro-police group “Blue Lives Matter” was co-sponsoring the event, this despite the fact that there had been a rash of suicides in the ranks of the NYPD.

Councilman Joe Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, criticized the decision.

“This was going to train police officers how to recognize signs of depression. We had people in the police department who wanted to save lives, and now it’s canceled, and we have to reschedule it because of the PC environment that de Blasio has caused.”

Borelli noted that his office was approached by Blue Lives Matter last June about helping to set  up mental health programs for police, and at first Thrive was glad to take part.

However, once Thrive’s directors saw the involvement of Blue Lives Matter, they were explicitly asked to remove “other groups”—ostensibly Blue Lives Matter—from the flyer. After the request was refused, Thrive pulled its support of the event.

Because Thrive pulled out, they were forced to postpone the event until last September while police suicides continued.

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“This program, it could have done a lot of good things,” said the head of Blue Lives Matter, Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice. “This is the problem: You reach your hand to try to do good things and, in this case, save lives, and because of political agenda, they want to pull it back.”

Back to the coronavirus recovery task force. De Blasio, appointed his wife to co-chair the task force as the Big Apple looks at the eventual reopening of businesses and other activities in the city.

“The economic and racial disparities that have been made so clear by this crisis, we knew about them before,” de Blasio said. “A powerful, painful exclamation point has been put on them by this crisis.”

In the pandemic, the poorest zip codes in the city seem to have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, according to city data. Minorities, who tend to be among the city’s essential workers, have died at disproportionately higher rates. Which actually makes sense, since they would have been more likely to have been exposed than individuals whose businesses are closed and who are subject to stay-at-home orders.

De Blasio noted that the task force was formed to ensure that the city’s “underdogs” aren’t left behind in the recovery.

The appointment of de Blasio’s wife by the mayor drew some confusion on both sides of the city’s political aisle.

Borelli said, “Chirlane doesn’t have an impressive track record running task forces or agencies.” Noting that McCray has political aspirations, Borelli continued, “This is too serious an issue to use it as a profile raiser.”

Democrat Robert Holden didn’t hold much back, saying that the appointment smacked of nepotism with de Blasio trying to raise his wife’s visibility at a time when she has been widely rumored to be running  for Brooklyn borough president.

“This is political I wish de Blasio would stop doing this,” he said. “Let her win the Brooklyn borough presidency on her own merits.

“Her track record on Thrive and the statue commission hasn’t been good,” he said, referring to another boondoggle that McCray had been involved with.

This surrounds a controversy that blew up in 2019 when the city was searching for women to memorialize with public monuments. A public poll had selected Italian American nun Mother Cabrini, which McCray vetoed, causing a lot of consternation among the public.

Speaking of not pulling punches, Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich of Queens tweeted, “’Putting @NYCFirstLady in charge of the newly created task force on racial inclusion is a great idea,’—said No One Ever. By the way, what ever happened to all that money for ThriveNYC?”

In an apparent acknowledgment of Thrive’s problems, New York last month said that it was going to cut half of its 54 sub-programs and cut back spending—a move once again that sources believe is to grease the skids for McCray’s anticipated run for borough president.

De Blasio of course thinks his wife has done a peachy job. He said that her work at Thrive was the reason why she should head the coronavirus recovery initiative.

“I think what Chirlane has done over these last six years is take this issue, put it in the light, open up access for millions of people and then continue to build out a structure that could focus on effective delivery and equity. I think that’s exactly the kind of mindset needed for this task force.”

The purpose of the group is to make sure that hardest-hit areas, along with minority and women-owned businesses get fair treatment as the city recovers from the pandemic.

Supposedly, McCray will not get paid for this post, however the city didn’t respond to the New York Post when asked about what the task force had allocated for a budget—or if it even has one.

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