The weekend of the Fourth of July alone saw 44 shootings incidents in the city where around 63 people were shot and 11 died, according to a Daily Mail report.
June 2020 had a spiked of 130% in the crime statistics, with 205 victims this year versus 89 in 2019.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said this was “predictable” given the recent budget cut of $1 billion by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Furthermore, Shea also mentioned the release of 2,500 Rikers Island inmates under bail reforms and efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The police commissioner aimed at de Blasio for his budget cut in response to the rioters demands of “defund the police” and the anti-police sentiment that they seek to foster, as the main cause for the crime spike.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan, also expressed his discontent, “The animosity toward police out there is tremendous. Just about everyone we deal with is looking to fight a police officer when we make an arrest, so it is vital that we get communities together supporting and speaking up for police.”
The mayor’s response
In a conference yesterday, de Blasio blamed the CCP Virus pandemic and other factors such as economic uncertainty, the court system, and the lockdown for the recent crimes. He said people are restless because they haven’t got their lives back and are not sure when the economy will get back on track again.
In a twitter from The New York City Police Benevolent Association, the largest police union of New York, they charged against de Blasio for his comments.
NY Courts tell "@NYCMayor to look in the mirror when it comes to responsibility for the dramatic surge in NYC gun violence"
— NYCPBA Legal (@NYCPBA_GC) July 6, 2020
Speaking to NY1 on Monday morning, Shea said, “We can fix this. We don’t need a lot of new things. What we need is support—and that’s in short supply. We need tools. We need the laws that make sense. And then we need resources. Those three things and we can turn this around quickly.”
Chicago mayor also citing coronavirus for rise in the city’s shootings
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the CCP Virus pandemic is a contributing factor for the recent spike in shootings in the city, according to Fox News.
Lighfoot said, “All of these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult. The ecosystem of public safety that isn’t just law enforcement but is local, community-based, they, too, have really been hit hard by COVID [CCP Virus] and are now just kind of coming back online and getting their footing.”
President Trump reacted to shootings in the two cities in a tweet Sunday evening. “Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 killed. Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor act now. Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!”