New York City, New York – With still five full months left in 2020, New York City has managed to surpass all the shootings that transpired in the entirety of 2019.
Perhaps that’s what happens when you take a little bail reform, mix it in with some early jail release because of COVID, stack that on top of riots and toss in some economic turmoil due to businesses getting shut down during the pandemic.
It’s only the first days of August, with five more months before the year is over, and NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019 https://t.co/Ww4zp4mMLm
— Craig McCarthy (@createcraig) August 2, 2020
A 24-year-old male shooting victim that made his way into Lincoln Hospital on August 1st brought the city’s shootings total for 2020 up to 777. In 2019, there were a total of 776, and we’ve just recently passed the halfway mark for this year.
The victim in the most recent shooting stated that he was outside at 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, not far from the Mitchel Houses project in Mott Haven, and told police that he heard some gunfire. When he felt a sudden pain – he realized that he was the shooting victim from heard gunfire.
Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone, who now serves as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, stated the following about the alarming rate of shootings in the city:
“It only gets worse from here.”
Giacalone explained that with every shooting that occurs, it creates this perpetual cycle of violence in response to violence:
“As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.”
When you pay no cost for your actions why would you stop your actions
— 🇺🇸John Q Public🇺🇸 (@mike38937334) August 2, 2020
The amalgamation of victims that have been affected by this rising violence in the city has done more than just harm the likes of gang members and miscreants.
Of the 942 fatal and non-fatal shooting victims the city has seen so far this year, there’s been instances like when a baby was shot dead in their stroller and a 17-year-old high school graduate whose life was cut short while having potential to be a collegiate basketball star.
The recent weekend of violence that placed New York City’s shooting numbers this year above all of 2019’s started at around 11:00 p.m. on July 31st. Police say that a shooter who wore a mask to conceal their identity killed down 21-year-old Shaiquan Wilson just outside of 1741 Randall Avenue. Authorities have not located the suspect in that case.
LMAO nothing compared too Chi-town😭
— yo bm (@Trappashayy708) August 2, 2020
Hours later, at about 1:35 a.m. on August 1st, 34-year-old Forest Byrd was shot and killed just around the corner from his home located in Laconia. The suspect in that shooting is also at large, according to police.
Roughly half-an-hour later after the fatal shooting of Byrd, police say that 35-year-old Dix Avenue while inside the hallway of his apartment located in Far Rockaway, Queens. A neighbor of the now deceased Avenue stated the following about the area he resides in:
“There are shootings here all the time. There are gang bangers around here. When I have to come out, I come out and I go back in.”
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It is no secret that our country has turned against its finest, and the respect that officers once felt, and undoubtedly deserve, has faded.
With crime on the rise, and the stigma that officers now face, it has become a realistic fear that if officers act in a proactive way to prevent crime, they themselves will wind up in handcuffs.
Police Chief Monahan was quoted as saying:
“[There is] a feeling on the street that the police are handcuffed.”
He then went on to say:
“[Police] are fearful that they may be arrested if they take some proactive-type enforcement.”
There are many factors that go into why the current crime situation has gotten out of hand in many cities across the nation: COVID-19, unemployment, bail reform, just to name a few.
However, at a time when police officers should be in full effect trying to combat the surge in crime, they are made to feel as though they are placing their own lives and futures on the line by running the risk of being arrested simply for doing their jobs.
What's behind NYC's shootings spike?
Top NYPD brass blame new bail reform laws and the coronavirus-related release of inmates, as well new laws banning chokeholds:
Cops "are fearful that they may be arrested if they take some proactive type enforcement." https://t.co/Mt11EFXNg9
— The Trace (@teamtrace) July 14, 2020
The unfortunate situation is that officers no longer have the ability to serve and protect, because criminals feel as though they have the upper hand, and are “untouchable” by police.
New York City has not seen such extreme violence in the month of June since 1996, which can be seen as a direct result of disbanding police units and defunding the police.
Criminals feel as if they are free to carry and use guns on the street because there is no anti-crime unit focused on confiscating them.
New York City just experienced its most violent June since 1996.
“The surge in violence also correlates with the disbanding of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit of plainclothes officers who focused on taking guns off the street.” https://t.co/fPS66im3Tj
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 13, 2020
Innocent civilians and members of the community are the ones who are suffering the most by the current situation, and yet, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and city counsel members passed their budget which included defunding the police $1 billion.
So the real question becomes, how are police officers expected to protect and serve when their hands are tied?
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