Elderly man ambushed, attacked and stabbed in broad daylight by a gang in police-defunded NYC

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NEW YORK, NY – The New York Police Department is reporting yet another elderly person who was attacked in the city, this time in broad daylight.

The incident happened in Midtown Manhattan on the morning of November 10th as the victim was walking down West 44th Street just before 6 am.

As the man continued his morning walk, one of the members of what the New York Police Department is describing as youth asked the man what he was looking at.

Apparently, after the comments were made, there was some type of argument that ensued between the elderly man, 62 years old, and roughly seven suspects who appeared to be teenagers or young adults.

At some point, one of the suspects comes toward the victim from behind and strikes him with some type of large wood or bat.

The victim fell to the ground and stayed there while six additional suspects approached the man. Instead of offering aid or calling for medical assistance, they join in with the first suspect and began beating him and stabbing him several times before he ran from the area.

Thankfully, someone called for medical attention and police after the suspects fled the area.

When medics arrived on the scene, they reported seeing numerous stab and laceration wounds to his body, head, and nose. Medics transported him from the scene in critical condition to NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue. Thankfully, they report that the victim was stabilized.

The New York Police Department has not released the name of the victim or any type of an updated condition on the man. Additionally, aside from video surveillance footage, there does not appear to be any suspect information regarding those involved with this violent attack.

Violent crime has significantly increased in the city of New York since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2020.

While no direct comparisons can be made, there are some that allege the increase in violent crime in the area is a direct result of defunding the New York Police Department and the low morale of officers in the city.

Regardless of what the real reason is for the increase in violent crime, according to the New York Police Department, felony assaults have increased a total of 13.8 percent, 2,123 reported, throughout the month of October compared to the same time frame in 2020, 1,865.

Already, in November, felony assaults have already increased by 6 percent compared to the same time frame in 2020. That appears to show that the increase in violent crime does not show any downward or stabilizing trend.

Trends like this worry most people, including a professor of police science, Maria Haberfield, who spoke to CNN in May of this year. Haberfield said:

“With crime increasing, you cannot afford to dilute the deployment. There’ll be cuts to overtime. Investigations will suffer. Response times will suffer – everything we ask the police to improve in terms of response time, in terms of clearing investigations and finding people responsible for various crimes.”

New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, a retired NYPD Captain, also voiced his concerns while on the campaign trail before his election. Adams said:

“We’re going to lose more young people, 95 percent of those victims who are victims to gun violence are black and brown, 95 percent of the shooters are black and brown. We’re talking about black lives matter.”

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Residents seek return of plainclothes cops amid rising gun violence in police-defunded New York City

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, many locals and business owners in Harlem are asking for an increase in police presence in the area, including bringing back plainclothes NYPD officers, to help combat the concerning levels of gun violence in the area.

 

In Harlem, the 32nd Precinct is one of the areas where gun violence has increased the most.

Shootings have increased by over 60% in the neighborhood this year compared to the same period of 2020.

Local restaurant owners claim that some of their customers have voiced concerns about potentially being shot by a stray bullet while dining on the street.

As of August 12th, 2021, the 32nd Precinct has seen 31 shooting incidents, whereas there were only 19 during the same timespan in 2020.

Alex Price, who operates the Cantina Restaurant on Lenox Avenue, is among those restaurateurs that would like to see more police in the area to help deter violent crime:

“I would feel more safe for me and my clients that we would have a little bit more police presence here.”

From 124th to 129th Street, business owners voiced concerns about the dramatic rise in shootings and crime, and what this represents for their customers’ safety.

Alpheaus Marcus, a local community activist, mirrored worries about patrons of outdoor dining establishments becoming the victims of “one of these bullets”:

“With the business establishments having outside events, the concern is one of these bullets, like we see in the city so many times, actually striking a patron.”

Marcus added that he’d like to see Mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate the plainclothes unit within the NYPD before he exits office in the coming months:

“What we want is, especially de Blasio with his last four months to stop playing politics. We want them to reactivate the plainclothes unit, because, again, these shootings are reckless and senseless.”

The NYPD’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded during the summer of 2020, but plainclothes units have reemerged in the Bronx borough in recent months in an effort to curtail gang activity and drug crimes.

Local Travaulya Wallace believes that a plainclothes unit coming to help out in Harlem could be beneficial to the area:

“I do believe that there should be different type of officers in different type of clothing. Some outfits are intimidating, right? It can provoke some people to want to push against.”

Business owners along the strip running from 124th to 129th Street have also noted that a contributing factor to the gun crime in the area stems from the like of gang members and drug dealers establishing or holding down their territory.

Donnell Van Duyne remarked on that aspect impacting the area:

“In the area there’s a lot of gang violence. A lot of young kids are getting shot. Honestly speaking, it’s over nothing and it’s putting a lot of lives in danger.”

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams would like to see a full-on return of the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, having mentioned back in April that the decision to disband the unit during the summer of 2020 was akin to throwing “out the baby with the bathwater”:

“We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets…We can do it right, we’ll get it right, and we’ll make sure our city is safe.”

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