NYC, NY — Shootings in New York City happened every few hours last week, leaving the police department scrambling to keep up.
A new report from NBC released data that shows NYC had a total of 55 shootings in ONE SINGLE WEEK. During the same week of June a year ago, there were only 12 shootings.
Those 55 shootings saw 74 people injured across the five boroughs of the city. The victims varied from age 16 to 47.
Additionally, there have already been 97 shootings in the first 19 days of June, compared to 89 for the whole month of June last year.
This comes after the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit, effective Monday, June 15th. That’s the day that members of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit were reassigned to uniformed patrol duties — part of what Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called a “seismic” shift. Estimates say it has affected some 600 cops.
Despite the increase in crime last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio has no intention of admitting that he might have made a mistake. In fact, de Blasio doubled down when the new numbers came out on Monday. He said, “We are not going back to the bad old days where there was too much gun violence in this city, nor are we going back to the bad old days.”
The New York Post quoted an anonymous law enforcement to the change in police policy, saying, “This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone.”
The source went on to say, “All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”