NYPD commissioner warns shootings in police-defunded New York City are slated to reach 14-year high

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – When looking at 2020 as a whole, when it relates to violent crime, it has not served as one of the best years in recent times within some of Americas most populous cities. 

New York City is among those dealing with rates higher-than recent years pertaining to shootings, which NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea warned on December 8th that the city is on track to see the highest number of shootings in 14 years. 

During an appearance on NY1, Commissioner Shea noted that he wished he had “better news” when it relates to shootings transpiring within the city: 

“I wish I had better news on gun violence specifically…we’re looking to close out the year on a 14-year high…This has been a year like no other.”

Referring to 2020 as being a “year like no other,” is perhaps a fair characterization for a number of facets that have adversely affected American citizens. 

But in regards to shootings, the numbers as of December 7th did portray a rather grim picture. Reportedly. the city has seen 1,433 shooting incidents and 1,756 victims shot from said incidents throughout the year.

When remarking on how bad things have gotten in New York City, Commissioner Shea pointed out on the December 8th interview that there were nine shootings just the day prior to him discussing the matter: 

“We had nine shootings yesterday. Last year that would have been a full week.”

While the NYPD has been making headway with arresting suspects allegedly involved in gun-related crimes, Commissioner Shea noted that bail reform has been adversely impacting the very purpose of those arrests: 

“We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons…but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence.”

The police commissioner noted that while addressing possible criminal justice reforms isn’t a bad thing to embark upon, ill-thought reforms can have some very real-world consequences for the general public: 

“Until we come to that realization as a society, is this what we want? It’s good to have philosophical discussions about ‘end mass incarceration’ and ‘end incarceration,’ but you don’t want to do it by turning the innocent public into jails in their own apartments and houses.”

In an effort to appeal to reason, Commissioner Shea explained that there has to exist a more “middle ground” solution instead of just adopting the extreme measure of people not being held in jail: 

“We don’t want to throw people behind bars and not give them a second chance. We can continue to drive down incarceration, but no one in jail, no one being accountable is not the way. We need a middle ground.”

Commissioner Shea also spoke about the rising gun-related crimes and shooting while appearing on local news outlet PIX11, reiterating the sentiment that police can’t just arrest someone for an offense only ot have them essentially set free without recourse: 

“People are missing the boat. You can’t identify and take guns out of the hands of violent people that want to use those guns and not have consequences. And that is by far the largest problem that we’re facing.”

 

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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on another matter plaguing New York City – namely, the increase rates of homicides. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – This is gun-controlled New York, folks.

The New York Police Department has dropped the numbers showing a 112% surge in shootings over this November, compared to November 2019.

The NYPD crime statistics department indicated that gun violence surged by over 95% during the first 11 months of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

The NYPD told ABC 7 New York:

“So far in 2020, there has been a 38% increase (422 vs. 305) in the number of victims murdered in New York City compared to last year.”

The NYPD said November’s gun arrests were up significantly as well.  The new statistical data was announced as Friday saw the shooting of two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective in the Bronx and two separate shootings on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dermot Shea, NYPD Commissioner said the wave of shootings doesn’t deter the NYPD’s resolve:

“Whatever the challenge, our NYPD officers have shown innovation and determination to get the job done this year.  Our work to reimagine the kind of policing New Yorkers deserve is always evolving, in line with our agency’s best traditions to reflect the needs of everyone in our city.”

Although in close proximity, the recent events happening in Hyannis, Massachusetts has spilled over into New York City.  About two weeks ago, we told you about a shooting where a person involved in a traffic stop in Hyannis, on Cape Cod, shot at a Massachusetts state trooper. 

Thankfully, the trooper wasn’t seriously wounded and will recover fully. 

That shooting, however, started a manhunt for Andre Sterling, a man who had a history of using false names and documents, according to authorities, and didn’t typically spend extended time in any one place.

The shooting of the Massachusetts state trooper was just an event in a long chain of criminal incidents initiated by Mr. Sterling.  Because of the state trooper shooting, Sterling was wanted on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm and assault and battery. 

Sterling had another warrant in Massachusetts for an identity fraud charge, and he was also wanted on narcotics charges in Wyoming, according to police in Massachusetts.

Investigators found Sterling’s BMW in Connecticut a few days ago, more than a week after the shooting on Cape Cod. They then used electronic communications to track him down at the apartment complex in the Bronx where he was confronted Friday, but it’s still unclear how he made it to New York.

Sterling had been tracked to The Bronx, New York, and a U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts had issued several warrants for his arrest.  US Attorney Andrew Lelling said Deputy US Marshals were executing those fugitive warrants his office issued for Sterling when they were confronted with gunfire.

Three marshals with the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force took fire as soon as they entered the Bronx apartment where they believed Sterling was located.

Two of the US marshals were wounded in the gunfire exchange, but were treated at a hospital and were expected to recover. One was hit in the leg and another was struck in his arm and leg, according to federal officials.

US Attorney Lelling said in a statement:

“At a time of constant, opportunistic, and absurd anti-police rhetoric, this is today’s reminder of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe.”

NYPD officers blocked off a four-block area of the Bronx’s Wakefield neighborhood, where trees, brick row houses and single-family homes line the streets. Four Massachusetts state troopers were at the scene to maintain a perimeter outside of the apartment to ensure public safety.

Andre Sterling was shot and killed during the gunfire.

As if the NYPD needs trouble coming in from out of town, like with the Sterling issue that started in Massachusetts – they have plenty of their own.

From January to November, the number of shootings in New York City rose by 95 percent over the same period last year, or 1,412 vs. 721.

As mentioned previously, in November alone, the number of shootings in the city increased 112 percent over the same period last year, or 115 vs. 51.

It is usual for violence to decrease during the colder winter months, as is evidenced by past statistics. 

This winter, however, with Covid-19 lockdowns, all but doing away with bail or bond in New York crimes, and defunding the police to where fewer officers are out trying to prevent crimes, it appears to be exploding. 

Normally quiet December, January, and February will likely not be quiet at all.

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