NYC Mayor blames the state courts for increase in violence. The court’s response? ‘Look in the mirror’.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY– According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the reason that there has been such an increase in violence in murder within the Big Apple is because of aspects related to the economy, COVID, and the court systems.

Well, a representative from the state’s court system didn’t take the allegation lightly that the courts have something to do with violence transpiring throughout the city.

During a press conference held on July 6th, Mayor de Blasio stated the following when addressing the copious amount of murders and shootings New York City has endured as of late:

“It’s directly related to all the dislocation that’s happened over these last four months with the coronavirus. We particularly saw a concentration of shootings in Upper Manhattan – particularly in Harlem and Manhattan North command. This is something we have to double down on to address.”

The city mayor continued with his theory on what caused the likes of dozens having been shot and many killed over the previous weekend:

“And it’s not because of one thing, let’s be really clear. There’s not one cause for something like this, there’s a lot of different pieces. And again, the fact that the court system is not working, the economy is not working, people have been pent up for months and months. So many issues underlying this challenge.”

While there is likely some merit to the notion that aspects related to COVID could be partially influential in the increased violence, Office of Court Administration spokesman Lucian Chalfen found de Blasio’s citing of the courts being partially at fault out of touch with reality:

“The mayor’s blaming [of] the Courts for the recent spike in violence in New York City is absurd, patently false and ridiculous. The Courts have operated continuously, operating throughout the pandemic, arraigning defendants, holding 100s of hearings, and conferencing 1,000s of cases.”

Considering the perceived jab stemming from the mayor about the courts having influenced recent violence in the city, Chalfen added his own sort of jab toward the mayor’s handling of the matter overall:

“He should be looking in the mirror, not gazing out a window.”

During the July 6th press conference, Mayor de Blasio made claims that because the courts are unable to function properly that it is a “central issue” to all the violence:

“I think, from my point of view, the most central issue is the fact that the court system is not functioning — that when our police effectuate an arrest, they don’t have the same follow-through they’re used to seeing from the court system.”

Perhaps if people were actually held in custody after police “effectuate an arrest,” then even the notion of a slower-functioning court system wouldn’t be that much of an issue.

While some power has been restored to the courts after bail reform was enacted in January of this year, there’s still numerous crimes that will see people released shortly after being arrested. 

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One thing that certainly won’t help address the violence in the city is defunding the police. 

On June 29th, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’ll slash $1 billion from the budget of the New York City Police Department.

The move comes in spite of a huge surge in shootings after violent unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

“I am excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution, and at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe,” De Blasio told reporters, according to Politico.

He claims it was all about safety first.

“Everything was with an eye to safety, so we will be able to ensure the patrol strength we need. We will be able to ensure that school safety can do its job. The school safety issue would be addressed over several years,” the mayor continued.

It’s a good thing, he says.

“I was skeptical at first, and wanted to see how it could all come together,” he added. “A lot of painstaking work occurred to figure out the right way to do things.”

And sure enough, the cuts were made on June 30th, removing $1B from the NYPD budget.

Reportedly $484 million were made via standard cuts, $354 million was reallocated to other agencies to handle calls related to agencies that address homelessness and mental health issues, and $162 million was removed from what was called “associated costs”. 

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