NEW YORK CITY, NY – More bloodshed over the weekend as gun violence continued to surge in New York City. Over 30 people were shot, with 10 of them killed including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head in the Cypress Hill section of Brooklyn on Sunday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to the 16-year-old’s tragic death by saying:
“This is heartbreaking. His life was just beginning. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of these boys. No parent should ever have to bury a child.”
This is heartbreaking. His life was just beginning. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of these boys. No parent should ever have to bury a child. https://t.co/7LyOjIMKbM
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 27, 2020
On Sunday alone, seven people were shot and killed.
According to Breitbart, a “Stop the Violence” march occurred in Brooklyn the day before the seven fatalities happened.
Yesterday we participated in the stop the violence march and rally. This afternoon three people were shot on Vermont Street, @NYPD75Pct sadly one of the victims succumbed to his injuries. This senseless gun violence must stop!
— NYPDBrooklynNorth (@NYPDBklynNorth) July 27, 2020
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke with NY1 on Monday morning and acknowledged that all the anti-violence efforts have absolutely fallen short of actually curtailing the violence that continues to happen.
He said in a statement:
“When we have a day with 15 shootings in New York City, that is not a success. There’s no other way to put that. There are still some challenges throughout New York City with repeat gun offenders, with the gang situation, with large groups on the streets, and how to tackle them in terms of alcohol and things of that nature.”
Police said that in addition to the 16-year-old who was shot and killed in Cypress Hills, two other teenagers were shot, one is in critical condition. It appears that the shooting was a drive-by and happened around 6:30 p.m. at the basketball court inside George Walker Junior Park.
Over 30 Shot, 10 Killed, as Violence Surges in de Blasio’s NYC https://t.co/575vRkUcKV
— Mar Jerge (@MarJerge) July 27, 2020
One of the victim’s, an 18-year-old since identified as Antonio Villa was also shot in the head. He was rushed to the hospital where he was then pronounced dead. Anyone with any information related to these incidents are asked NYPD.
On Monday, Mayor de Blasio held his daily briefing and referred to a “perfect storm” of circumstances, the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing dislocation and unemployment that he said is helping fuel the violence.
According to the Patch, New York City had 77 people fall victim to gun violence in this past week alone. That is a 208 percent spike from the same time last year. The surge in violence is persisting despite a combination of community anti-violence efforts, targeted police deployments, and other forms of outreach that de Blasio and Shea have recently embarked on.
7 people were killed in NYC yesterday.
One of them was a 16-year-old boy gunned down in a triple shooting near a Brooklyn park. https://t.co/Uuok7uWoPV
— Michael Gold (@migold) July 27, 2020
Shea is attributing the spike in gun violence to the court system’s slowdown. Allegedly, there are 2,100 gun cases open in which suspects remain walking the streets of NYC next to every day, New Yorkers.
“The number of shootings on Sunday remains unacceptable, but police are steadily making efforts against violence. Officers last week closed 11 separate murder cases from recent weeks, along with 15 other shootings. Gun arrests are also ticking up.”
Back on July 17th, de Blasio and Shea unveiled a plan intended to combat the surge of shootings plaguing the City. Even then, neither offered any specifics about how their “End Gun Violence Plan” will achieve its said goals.
De Blasio said vaguely:
“We will combine the presence of police, particularly foot patrols with all those grassroots efforts and community efforts.”
Shea insisted that his department knows exactly who is involved in the uptick in gang violence and that hundreds of cops will be redeployed.
“We know what the problems are, what our obstacles are and we know exactly where to put the cops. And it is not a neighborhood. It is two square blocks in an area.”
Shea said that the NYPD is absolutely committed to making New York City streets safer. He reiterated:
“What’s important for the New York City residents to know is we are incredibly focused on pushing back on the recent violence we’ve seen. We have no intention of giving back to gang members the blocks we’ve earned.”
The NYPD is focused on keeping New Yorkers safe & reducing gun violence — it’s going to take everyone, in every neighborhood, participating in the system to make it happen.
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) July 27, 2020
According to Fox 5, police have made no arrests in any of the shootings that took place over the weekend. Since July 19, murders were up 24% in the city and shootings were up 69% from the same period last year.
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In addition to crime rising, other agencies are questioning allowing their officers into New York City because of their anti-police laws.
The South Nyack-Grand View Police Department has instructed their officers not to perform any police enforcement activity within the city of New York.
South Nyack Grand View Police Department NOT allowing its officers to work within NYC limits. pic.twitter.com/jX4wO4LzxC
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 18, 2020
Chief Daniel S. Wilson sent a memo to all patrols on July 17, 2020 with the following orders:
“This policy is in response to legislation recently passed in the City of New York. New York City Administrative Code section 10-181 criminalizes certain methods of restraint while taking an individual into custody. Specifically putting any pressure on a subject’s chest or back.
It is now a misdemeanor in New York City for an officer to restrain a subject “in a manner that restricts the flow of air or blood by compressing the windpipe or carotid arteries on each side of the neck, or sitting, kneeling or standing on the chest or back in a manner that compresses the diaphragm in the course of effecting or attempting an arrest.””
South Nyack-Grand View is not the only department to restrict their officers from assisting with police duties in the city. Nassau County Police have also restricted their officers from assisting in any police activity in New York City.
NASSAU COUNTY Police restricts its officers from performing their duties in NYC highlighting DeBlasios recently signed improper law. pic.twitter.com/ewSukTPpSo
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 18, 2020
The New York City Police Commissioner, Dermot Shea said that the new laws are “handcuffing the police” and they are doing this during a huge spike in gun violence.
The New York police have seen a 60% increase in shootings, and murders are up 23 percent compared to this time last year.
Shea said there was a “perfect storm” happening in the city, with a “massive decarceration” and “at the same exact time we have the courts … shut down effectively.”
Shea told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on July 16th:
“When you put those two factors together, and now you add in an anti-police sentiment, laws that certainly do not help the police, it is a toxic, toxic environment”
“I think that we have gone too far, I think that we have crossed a tipping point on many levels in terms of taking tools away from the police. These last two months is just a completely different situation, where it’s a toxic environment.”
As the New York City police grapple with the new laws passed by the city council and the mayor (from the safety of their chambers and/or homes with their private security details in tact), their neighboring brethren are being told they must stay away and are unable to assist.
SUFFOLK COUNTY Police now Prohibited from conducting official business in NYC. Governor Cuomo where are you? @1010WINS @ABC7NY @NBCNews @washingtonpost @nypost @NYDailyNews @NY1 @CBSNewYork @WSJ @nytimes @wpix @fox5ny pic.twitter.com/egEh4RLNhb
— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 17, 2020
The growing list of Police Departments prohibited from conducting business or even assisting the New York City officers comes at a time when the city is in lock down, ostensibly due to the COVID crisis. Businesses are hardly open, leaving them ripe for looting. Churches are closed and schools are hardly open.
Due to the fact that the City is in disarray, New Yorkers are leaving the city in droves. A commercial and residential real estate crash is sure to follow, dragging the once beautiful city down the drain into third world status.
One can only hope that these New Yorkers realize the horribleness of the situation caused by those they put in power, and that they don’t bring their liberal politics with them to their new homes.
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