WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to a report from Fox News, on Wednesday, May 25th, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blocked a school safety bill, angering several Republicans.
On Wednesday, Chuck Schumer BLOCKED school safety bill – says 'gun legislation' is the answer.
The Luke and Alex School Safety Act was named after Parkland victims, & Republicans have been trying to pass it for years. https://t.co/v32TZyR1d3
— Sparky Glamo (@Giddeeupgo) May 26, 2022
Following the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 young children and two teachers, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked for the Luke and Alex School Safety Act to be passed by an unanimous vote.
According to Fox News, the bill, which is named after Parkland, Florida shooting victims Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, would reportedly require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a “Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices.”
This would then be used by state and local educational and law enforcement agencies, institutions of higher education, health professionals, and the public.
The Act would require the Department of Homeland Security to “collect clearinghouse data analytics, user feedback on the implementation of best practices and recommendations identified by the clearinghouse, and any evaluations conducted on the best practices and recommendations.”
This Luke and Alex School Safety Act was BLOCKED by Democrats YESTERDAY!
— david tanner (@LongLiveTWDCarl) May 26, 2022
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson said in a statement:
“Today, America grieves. There’s nothing partisan about it. There’s nothing partisan about this bill whatsoever. It’s just a good idea that could save lives … During the previous administration, they set up that clearinghouse. It’s up and it’s operating.”
The clearinghouse, which is already available at SchoolSafety.gov, would be codified into law with the bill’s passing. Schumer objected to Johnson’s request, taking to Twitter and claiming that the bill “could see more guns in schools.” He tweeted:
“The truth: There were offices at the school in Texas. The shooter got past them. We need real solutions – We will vote on gun legislation starting with the Democratic Terrorism Prevention Act.”
Then, on the Senate floor, Schumer stated that the legislation could be considered if Republicans agree to debate on the domestic terrorism bill, to which Johnson responded by saying:
“It’s a sad day for the United States Senate.”
Max Schachter, whose son Alex was killed in Parkland, Florida, later tweeted to Schumer:
“21 people were murdered yesterday. Today you objected to passing the Luke & Alex School Safety Act named after my son was murdered in Parkland. The bill will save kids lives. Let’s meet to work together to prevent the next Uvalde and Parkland.”
Johnson later tweeted his own disgust about Schumer blocking the legislation:
“Not surprising that the Democrat leader would lie about the bill he blocked that parents of Parkland victims have been trying to pass for years. Dems aren’t look for solutions, they want wedge issues that they hope will keep them in power. Sick.”
“The horrific tragedy in Texas should spur Congress to act on proposals that can pass and actually make a difference like our bipartisan Luke & Alex School Safety Act.” – @marcorubio https://t.co/4XnAtljXVn
— The Lion (@ReadTheLion) May 26, 2022
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), who co-sponsored the bill, also blasted Schumer. He tweeted:
“This was a bill I worked on with the parents of Parkland victims. It’s name after them. You’re a liar and a hack.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who also co-sponsored the bill, tweeted:
“The truth: Schumer blocked a bipartisan bill that makes the school safety clearinghouse schoolsafety.gov permanent because radical left wing activists oppose it.”
The Senate is set to vote on whether to advance the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which passed in the House after the Buffalo mass shooting that killed 10 people.
The bill would require the domestic terrorism components of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to jointly report on domestic terrorism, as well as create “an interagency task force to analyze and combat white supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and federal law enforcement agencies.”
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Here’s your “bail reform” and “defunded police”: Suspect in New York subway shooting had 19 previous arrests
May 24th, 2022
NEW YORK CITY – 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez was shot and killed Sunday on the subway allegedly by a man with 19 prior arrests.
The only victim of the shooting, Enriquez, worked for Goldman Sachs and lived in the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Suspect in New York subway shooting had 19 prior arrestshttps://t.co/uCk7jDEjKA
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 24, 2022
He was a passenger on the Q train when a bullet hit him in the chest. He was then transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died.
The alleged shooter, Andrew Abdullah, has 19 prior arrests, said NYPD. He is still at large and wandering the streets of New York.
Do you know where Andrew Abdullah is? He's wanted for shooting a fellow New Yorker in the chest on Sunday, May 22nd, causing the victim's death, while on a "Q" train in Manhattan.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 24, 2022
At approximately 11:42 a.m., on the Q train, the alleged suspect was seen walking back and forth prior to reaching for his gun and shooting Enriquez, said police.
No other victims were reported, and the suspect and Enriquez did not know one another.
Kenneth Corey, NYPD Chief of Department, said:
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and, without provocation, pulled out a gun and fired at the victim at close range as the trains [were] crossing the Manhattan Bridge.”
A spokeswoman from the NYPD said surveillance footage is being reviewed. It shows how the 25-year-old alleged suspect handed the weapon to a homeless man after shooting Enriquez.
Police said the suspect handed the gun to a homeless man. The man then sold the gun for ten dollars. That individual told police about the firearm.
ABC News reported that NYPD Detectives recovered the weapon.
JUST IN: The alleged suspect in the unprovoked fatal shooting of 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez on a Q train in New York City is in police custody, according to law enforcement sources. https://t.co/LtQ4ETZ3Am
— ABC News (@ABC) May 24, 2022
The alleged suspect is described as a dark-skinned, heavy male with a beard.
He was wearing a gray hoodie at the time that had Aeropostale written on it.
🚨We need all eyes on this.@NYPDDetectives need your help identifying & locating this man who is wanted for homicide in the tragic, senseless shooting of a man on a “Q” train that was approaching the Canal/Centre St. station on Sunday.
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) May 23, 2022
Abdullah was arrested in January 2020 in a case going back to May 2017.
Abdullah was charged with second-degree attempted murder. This was part of an 83-count federal indictment of Harlem street gangs. Abdullah served four months on a three-year sentence and was released in 2019.
New York has seen an outbreak of violence on public transit in the past several months.
Police say that this is the fourth homicide to take place on public transit this year.
In 2019, New York eliminated cash bail for the majority of misdemeanor and nonviolent charges. Many opponents have criticized this decision and argue that it is the reason for the increase in crime across the city.
According to Fox News, subway crime in New York is up almost 58 percent so far in 2022.
Now some Goldman Sachs’ employees based in New York fear becoming targets of crime. The murder of Enriquez has placed pressure on CEOs who are requesting their employees to return to the office. Recently, Goldman Sachs took away a pandemic perk of using Uber for free to get to work.
Adam Pollack, Enriquez’s partner, said:
“It keeps happening and nobody does anything.
He was going to brunch. It’s just so random.
They’ll catch [the killer] and so what?
Is anyone really outraged?
Is anything going to change?”
Pollack blames the increase in crime in the city for the death of his partner.
The New York Police Department released manhunt photos of the suspect who shot and killed Daniel Enriquez, 48. https://t.co/Q4Gar81U9T
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 24, 2022
Fox News reported that on Tuesday afternoon, Andrew Abdullah surrendered to NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Chinatown.
He was surrounded by numerous police officers, including U.S. Marshals.
Sources within law enforcement said a clergy member originally had arranged the surrender. However, he failed to turn up.
Details are still unfolding.
Abdullah’s lawyers criticized the way police arrested Abdullah while negotiations were taking place.
A legal aid said:
“Before Andrew Abdullah could voluntarily surrender himself to the local precinct, he was needlessly ambushed out front of our Manhattan trial office by City Marshals, denied of his opportunity to first consult with counsel.”
In response to this subway shooting, Mayor Eric Adams is proposing gun detection technology. He commented:
“We need to make sure we are deploying our personnel appropriately.”
He noted that an analysis would be conducted to see what was overlooked and added that using technology would make this easier.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www. nypdcrimestoppers.com and on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
NEW YORK – Anthony Melendez, 35, was arrested in connection to last week’s incident where he allegedly slashed and pushed a man onto the train tracks.
According to police and footage that captured the incident, a man with a knife pushed a man waiting for the train.
NYPD footage shows the victim walking through the train station. He passes by Melendez, who instigated an argument. Melendez then took a swipe at the victim, who managed to avoid the weapon.
According to police, the men began to chase one another. Melendez’s shopping cart was knocked over, leading other people on the train platform to move out of the way.
Seconds later, police say the suspect attacked the victim leading them both to fall onto the train tracks.
The police said that is when Melendez slashed the man in the chest, ear, finger, and head. Both men were able to crawl up from the train tracks and avoid any oncoming trains.
Police remarked that the victim went for medical treatment on his own, but Melendez fled the scene of the incident.
An MTA employee saw the suspect at another train station over the weekend.
Police arrested Melendez and charged him with assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Melendez was arrested last month for pushing a police officer to the ground during an attempted arrest. In 2020, he was also arrested for domestic assault.
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NEW YORK CITY- While de Blasio II…New York City Mayor Eric Adams coddles and woos child molesters and groomers from Florida, crime in his city continues to spiral out of control, this despite an alleged return to the “broken windows” policing championed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, which got crime in the city under control in the 1990s.
According to The New York Post, serious crime and shootings continued its upward march last month, with NYPD data showing a 37 percent increase in major crimes citywide. That crime surge was reflected in numbers released Wednesday.
Adams, who dropped money on ridiculous billboards in Florida attempting to woo businesses to flee business-friendly Florida to go to the sanctuary city of New York, touted the creation of a new anti-gun unit and the return to “broken windows” policing, however thus far, those efforts have proven fruitless. Adams was parroting the lie that Florida’s new anti-groomer law prohibited use of the word “gay” in the Sunshine State, which is untrue.
Adams, who ran as a former “tough-on-crime” captain, has had little success getting crime in the Big Apple under control.
New York did enjoy a spattering of success in March, with homicides and rapes dropping 15.8% and 4.3% respectively year over year for that month. However compared to 2021, shootings, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies, auto thefts and hate crimes have all jumped exponentially compared to last year.
The Post notes that this year’s jump is led by steep increases in vehicle thefts, robberies, grand larceny and burglaries, according to the NYPD.
Shootings spiked 16.2% last month, while year to date, the city has recorded 332 victims of gun violence—a 14.5% increase compared to the same period in 2021, which shootings averaging four victims per day, according to data.
“Our police need more help,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday at the first CompStat press conference held since Adams was sworn in.
This is Sewell’s second press briefing for reporters since she took office.
“We need help from every corner of the criminal justice system and from everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our great city. Any amount of crime and disorder is unacceptable.”
Most disturbing, the spike in shootings occurred during some of the coldest months of the year, when gun violence typically drops. Police sources are concerned that it will only worsen as summertime approaches when shootings typically spike upward.
Adams, who was elected he would bring “law and order” back to New York, marked his 100th day in office this week and thus far, the city has seen anything but. Adams’ term in office has been marred by seven police shootings and crime statistics that are blowing away pre-pandemic numbers. Two NYPD officers were killed in the line of duty during Adams’ term.
While crime is nowhere near where it was in the 1980s and 1990s, it currently stands at a five-year high overall.
For example compared to pre-pandemic, 2019 levels, auto thefts in March were up 107%, shootings up 69%, grand larceny spiked 26%, felony assault is up 22.5% and robberies are up at a 37% rate.
This week, a 61-year-old woman, Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo was walking on East 188th Street near Grand Concourse and was struck by a stray bullet, killing her, NYPD said.
Just seven days earlier, 12-year-old Kade Lewin was sitting in a parked car with two relatives in Brooklyn when he was struck in the head with a stray bullet, killing him. Meanwhile on March 25, a 3-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet while leaving her Brooklyn daycare at about 6:00 p.m.
The newly-minted anti-gun unit, called Neighborhood Safety Teams is basically a revamped version of the anti-crime unit disbanded under failed former communist-sympathizing governor Bill de Blasio, is tasked with reducing street crime and shootings.
The unit was reimplemented three weeks ago and thus far has made 135 arrests, however only 19% were for firearms…25 in total, according to Chief of Department ken Corey.
Included among those arrested for guns were four juveniles, five with open felony cases, and seven who have been previously convicted of a crime.
All told, 91 of the 135 arrestees by the unit have prior arrests, with 57 of those being felony arrests, while 21 were on parole or probation when arrested, Corey stated.
As is typical for big cities run by Democrats with far-left district attorneys, only 10% of those arrested by the unit remain in jail, according to Corey, however he didn’t provide specifics on what the defendants were charged with or why they were already back on the streets.
Typically recidivists tend to be responsible for increases in crime, however in New York, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri laid blame for the uptick in some crime on recidivists, however statistics thus far this year do not appear to agree with that contention.
While recidivist arrests for robberies, burglaries and vehicle thefts are up 47% this year over 2019, repeat offenders accounted for less than a percent of those arrested for the crimes this year.
Sewell was asked how long it will take for the NSTs to impact crime in the city, and he estimated the city should see results “fairly quickly.”
“But we do know it does not take weeks to reverse trends that have happened over the last several years, but we are working every single day to change those numbers,” Sewell said.
“We certainly don’t want people to have to wait. One of the reasons we take an overview is we want to see what’s working and what’s not working and be able to correct it as we move along. We are definitely not taking our eye off the ball and we expect our results to be reflected in that ant that’s what I think we are starting to see.”
BROOKLYN, NYC – On March 14, a 14-year-old boy was attacked and beaten in a Brooklyn train station.
Video footage recorded by the attackers and posted on social media from the scene shows the young victim being assaulted while walking to a train.
The boy was punched and kicked while his seven attackers brazenly recorded the attack. The boy attempted to protect himself from the punches. When the boy hit the ground, his attackers continued to viciously and repeatedly kick and punch him.
According to police, the group walked toward the boy, who had no knowledge of who his attackers were. They asked the boy if he knew someone. The boy did not have a chance to respond before they began beating him.
Police said the boy suffered trauma to the head and body.
Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Brutal attacks across the city have become too familiar to users of the transit system.
On February 24, a homeless man used a hammer to repeatedly hit a 57-year-old man in the head. Nina Rothschild, a New York City Health Department Scientist, suffered a fractured skull from the incident and was robbed of her purse. The homeless man has since been charged with attempted murder, assault, and robbery.
According to Police,
“The individual then brandished a hammer and struck the victim several times on the head before he took her purse.
The individual fled the scene on foot, southbound on Queens Plaza South.”
Since the election of Mayor Adams, major felony offenses have jumped 45.2 percent compared to data from last year at this time. Transit crimes have skyrocketed 75 percent as well.
In February, Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul announced plans to fix the homelessness and mental health problem causing crime rates to soar in New York City’s subways.
The 17-page plan revealed that 30 “Joint Response Teams” with staff from the Department of Health, the Department of Homeless Services, the NYPD, and from within the local community will be in place to help.
“And while we know homelessness and violence do not equate and must not be conflated, we must also acknowledge that a small minority of individuals who may be experiencing several compounding challenges at once, including behavioral health challenges, must be reached with immediate interventions to prevent deterioration and potential danger.
We have seen the lives of innocent New Yorkers taken, simply coming into a station to take a train.
We have seen threats and dangerous situations that make our communities feel unsafe – whether people are going to work, returning home, or visiting our city.
We cannot allow that to continue.”
Adams blames the pandemic for exacerbating homelessness and mental health issues. He also sees a correlation between these issues and an increase in violence that has enveloped the city.
NEW YORK CITY – 29 people were shot Friday through Sunday during a violent weekend in New York.
Friday, nine people were shot, followed by 13 on Saturday and an additional seven on Sunday.
New York police crime data shows that between March 19 and March 20, 2021, there were six reported shootings.
The numbers are now up 383% compared to last year. Only one person was murdered during the same three-day period in 2021.
This violence all took place one week after Mayor Eric Adams’s rollout of his anti-gun units began patrolling various neighborhoods. These units comprised of approximately 169 police from the Neighborhood Safety Teams are focusing their patrols on neighborhoods with heavy gun violence.
Mayor Adams said:
“We’re going to stop the river of violence that is feeding this sea of violence.
And this team is damming one of those rivers with their activity.
And we’re going to expand these teams to five of the precincts to protect our streets and our community.
We are going to grow and continue to evaluate, determine that we’re making the right fit to have the right officers that are performing this dangerous assignment but have the right mindset to do so.”
According to the New York Post, some residents have reservations about the new units.
Joseph Burachio, a business owner in Queens said:
“What happened to the term ‘undercover?
Why are old terms being replaced with new terms that have twice as many syllables?
I don’t know if this new team will be a good thing but something has to be done.
Crime rates are elevated. Crazy is elevated. Something needs to change.
Juveniles are getting away with murder and people don’t feel safe.
Go on the subway and you’re taking your life in your own hands.”
In January, Mayor Adams outlined his 15-page plan to end gun violence in New York.
The plan states:
“The Adams Administration has made public safety and justice its highest priorities – knowing these are prerequisites to prosperity in our city.
Mayor Adams came into office determined to remove guns from our streets, protect our communities, and create a safe, prosperous city for all New Yorkers.
This blueprint lays out immediate action towards that vision.”
It then adds:
“In 2021 alone, the NYPD removed more than 6,000 guns off New York City streets.
In the first weeks of 2022, officers have already removed 350 illegal guns…
It will require significant action from all levels of government to stop the flow
of guns into our city.”
Since New York continues to see an escalation in crime and gun violence, Mayor Adams spoke with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Together they are seeking to collaborate on combating rising violence in their cities.
Two crime-ridden cities with excessively high gun violence have leaders who are not responding to the daily assaults and vicious attacks.
Adams’ predecessor, de Blasio’s, soft on crime tactics were a complete failure and led to the influx in crime that is destroying New York City.
While Adams campaigned as a moderate and in support of law-and-order he is on the receiving end of much criticism. Crime rates are soaring and last weekend’s numbers are evidence that his plan isn’t working.
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