(PoliticalLookout.com)- New York City is paving the way in demonstrating the disastrous impacts of defunding the police, with statistics showing that shootings in August in the Big Apple have more than doubled compared to the same month last year. According to NBC4, New York City saw some 242 shootings in the city in August this year, compared to 91 in August 2019.
And yet, Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t appear to be proposing a u-turn on his policy of defunding the New York Police Department by $1 billion.
“For the month of August 2020, there was a 166% increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city compared to the same time period last year (242 compared to 91) as the number of shootings rose in all boroughs except Staten Island,” NBC reported.
Some local leaders, the outlet reported, are wondering whether the NYPD is “actively engaging in some sort of slowdown due to recent police criticism.” If true, it would mean that the Black Lives Matter riots in New York City and other major American cities have made police officers fearful of doing their jobs.
At the end of June, it was reported that $1 billion would be redirected away from the NYPD budget and that the entire plain-clothes team that specifically focused on stopping gun crime in the city would be scrapped altogether. Despite this, some New York lawmakers – including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – criticized the move by suggesting it wasn’t enough.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan, who is the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the department, denied accusations that officers are engaging in a slowdown.
The number of people murdered in the city also increased from 36 to 53, an increase of 47% this August compared to the same month last year.
Robberies also increased, unsurprisingly, but not by quite as large a number. This August there were 1,276 robberies compared to 1,226 last year. Burglaries increased by 22%, and overall crime went up 0.7%.
It proves that New York City needs police officers and that defunding the police leads to more crime. Not that Mayor De Blasio will admit it.