NYPD: Fewer witnesses are coming forward, so crimes and murder rates in the city are exploding


NEW YORK CITY, NY– As crime rates continue to skyrocket, police are receiving very little help from the public when it comes to apprehending the criminals. 

Given the fact that shootings in the city are up 87% so far this year, and murder rates are up 34%, the NYPD needs help from the public now more than ever. 

The New York Post reported on a series of crimes that have gone unsolved due to lack of cooperation. 

In the early morning hours of July 5, Stephon Johnson was shot in the back on 116th Street near Morningside Park.

Even as his life slipped away at Mount Sinai Morningside, the East Harlem resident refused to help police catch his killer, the NYPD said, noting he was “uncooperative.”

The 23-year-old died less than a half hour after the 2:40 a.m. shooting. With little to go on, investigators canvassed the area for ballistic evidence and video. The case remains unsolved.

On July 31, an 18-year-old man was shot in the stomach at North Elliott Place and Park Avenue, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, at around 1:10 a.m. Cops described him as “highly uncooperative.”

On Aug. 9 in The Bronx, an 18-year-old was shot in his left shoulder on East 141st Street near Willis Avenue in Mott Haven at 10:30 p.m — one of 16 victims in 12 shootings across the city that Sunday. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, and if the teen knew something, he wasn’t talking, cops said.

Early Sept. 2, a 24-year-old man walked into St. Luke’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh, sources said. He told police he was at the Grant Houses in Manhattan when he “heard shots” and realized he’d been hit. Sources called him “highly uncooperative.”

Back on June 15th, the Anti-crime unit, which was known for effectively taking guns off the street was disbanded. They also helped solve many cases by retaining informants that would offer them information. It has become evident since then that they were, and still are, a very much needed unit to suppress crime. 

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said:

“Whether you liked anti-crime teams or not, they often helped develop intel from prisoner debriefings and informants, 

“The loss of that intel will be resounding.”

He continued:

“The community helps solve lots of different types of crimes, 

“When the public doesn’t trust the police, the information stops flowing. And that information is vital.”

There is an unspoken rule when it comes to the current situation on the street, and that is that no one snitches. 

NYPD spokesman Al Baker, said: 

“It’s a challenging time,”

“There’s an anti-snitch culture that’s taken root amid a level of violence that makes people reluctant to cooperate with our investigators. But we work every day with our partners in the city’s district attorneys’ offices to combat this culture and to solve crimes and help ensure public safety.”

Experts say recently enacted laws that endanger witnesses are not helping the situation at all.

Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told The Post:

“The New York State Bail Reform Act has royally screwed up policing,

“Witnesses and confidential informants have little to no protection in regards to the new discovery rules,” (Reliable confidential informants, also known as CIs, are often paid).

He continued:

“Old-school policing, where good officers would meet with people on the street to gain information, has dwindled,” 

“Many witnesses know that their personal information will be available and possibly get out to the defense team.”

According to The Post, under the new rules, prosecutors must give defense counsel the name and contact information of anyone with information relevant to a case within 15 days of arraignment — ­regardless of whether the person will testify at trial.

A veteran Brooklyn detective said the new discovery rules have a lot to do with the fact that people are remaining tight lipped.

He said:

“Witnesses ask if the shooter will get their name and they are told, ‘Probably yes,'”

He said he used to have cooperating witnesses in about 75 percent of cases, but:

“now I would say we get witnesses in less than half of the cases.”

It is also no secret that the community, thanks to mainstream media and politicians, do not trust police as a whole. They have become the enemy, so people are not going to come forward with information and offer assistance, if they are taught to hate or mistrust the very people out there trying to protect them. 

The fact of the matter is that New York’s crime wave can not be blamed on just one thing, but rather a number of factors. 

The police officers were defunded, unites disbanded, and told to take a back seat to crime fighting. The city leaders, and most importantly Mayor Bill de Blasio, have turned against these officers at a time when they need support the most. Crime is raging, and not only are officers hands tied, they are also not getting any help from the public. 

I am sure however, that city leaders will find some way to turn the tables, and blame the police for the raging violence, instead of taking a look at their own actions. 

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Here is more on the types of crimes NYC is facing. 

BROOKLYN, NY- Charles Hernandez was already in custody in a New York Jail, suspected of killing two people in Brooklyn. 

On September 14th, the District Attorney filed an additional murder charge for a murder that he allegedly committed a week before the double homicide.

Hernandez is a known convicted felon who served two different sentences in prison, one for an illegal weapons possession and one for assault.  Hernandez served a 15-year term for an assault, illegal weapons possession and reckless endangerment. 

Hernandez was released from prison only to be arrested again for another illegal weapons charge in 2006.  Hernandez was sentenced to 12 years in prison and was granted parole in October of 2018.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez spoke of Hernandez and the three murder charges against him, saying:

“This defendant allegedly went on a murderous crime spree, ruthlessly killing two men and a woman over the course of a week.  The defendant allegedly brazenly shot them in broad daylight.”

The newest murder charges stems from an incident on June 20th before noon in the area of Milford Street and Blake Avenue in East New York.  The victim, Kenneth Singleton, was reportedly washing his vehicle near his home when police allege that Hernandez, for an unknown reason, came up behind him and opened fire.

The District Attorney also charged a friend of Hernandez, Liza Jenkins, who they allege helped him destroy evidence and clothing that were used during Singleton’s homicide.  She was been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering.

According to the District Attorney, Hernandez is also accused of committing a double murder, roughly a week later.  In this case, prosecutors allege that Hernandez had put a blue trench coat and blonde wig on as he went to the residence of Stephanie Perkins and Chioke Thompson.

Both people were sitting on the front porch area of the residence on Van Siclen Street in East New York.  Hernandez is accused of walking up and firing 27 rounds from a long gun, similar to an AR-15, into the pair.  Both people died at the scene of the shooting.  Hernandez fled the scene on foot after the shooting.  Police have not released any possible motives for the shooting. 

According to the New York Post, a woman at the scene of the double homicide said:

“This girl didn’t deserve to die like that…I just found out it’s one of my neighbor’s daughters lying there dead.  It could be my child, it could be me.”

This woman’s sadness suddenly switched to rage after she began thinking about the defunding that has occurred at the New York Police Department.  How Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio had the anti-crime task force disbanded. 

She said:

“They take away the plainclothes detectives, there is no undercover police, so that what you get.  Only blue suits, sitting in their cars.  There is a lot of drugs on this block.  Two people dead, that’s unacceptable. 

“We got babies here we gotta walk down the street.  The city needs to do a lot more for this community, to make it safer for our people.”

Another neighbor, Rocky Askew, said:

“Shootings are up – it’s ridiculous…We used to have a detail [police] here in the summertime, they would start in June.  I haven’t really seen them this month.  They’re supposed to have them here in June, like they did every year.”

Hernandez somehow found his way to West Virginia where he was hiding in a residence.  Police were able to track him to that house and attempted to take Hernandez into custody, instead of surrendering, he barricaded himself inside of the home.  Hernandez was eventually captured after police were forced to use tear gas.

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