As crime is surging in New York City, leaders in the black community are calling on the NYPD to bring back its recently dismantled plainclothes anti-crime unit to help curb a staggering rise in shootings.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, said the city needs to reevaluate the need for the anti-crime unit of the NYPD, Daily Wire reported.
“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said. “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”
Adams held up a pair of baby shoes that belonged to a 1-year-old victim of gun violence that occurred over the previous weekend, CBS New York reported.
Another prominent member of the black community, activist Tony Herbert is also calling for unit to be reinstated.
“The guns keep going off and now we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature,” said Herbert.
CBS New York reported that “shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.”
In the wake of the anti-police sentiment that arose in the aftermath of the George Floyd shooting and nationwide protests, the New York Police Department (NYPD) disbanded its anti-crime units.
These were plainclothes teams that targeted the most violent crimes, with the aim of getting guns off the street. Roughly 600 officers, about 2 percent of the department’s force, served in these undercover units, according to the New York Times.
On June 15, the New York Police Commissioner announced it was disbanding the units and reassigning the officers to other duties. Commissioner Dermot Shea said the unit was involved in a disproportionate number of civilian complaints and fatal shootings (about 31 percent).
Last Sunday, in a video that was shared by The Hill, Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) claimed the skyrocketing “uptick in crime” in New York City was because of “record unemployment.”
In terms of unemployment in New York, Ocasio-Cortez was instrumental in keeping Amazon out of New York, which would have brought thousands of jobs to the area. On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez also suggested that crime rise was due to “economic desperation” because people who are “scared to play their rent” and need to “shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
She also blamed a lack of police training, while ignoring the fact that bail reform continually releases repeat offenders on the streets. On Wednesday, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to AOC’s statements, Daily Wire reported.
Secretary to Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa responded to a question from a reporter about AOC’s comments, saying, “On the rent issue specifically, though, as I’m sure you all remember, the governor did an executive order back in March that said there couldn’t be any evictions on commercial or residential rent through June.”
“We then extended that for anyone who was COVID-hardship-related through the end of August,” DeRosa continued.
“In the interim, the legislature passed legislation that said that you can’t be up for any rent evictions during this crisis, which is a bill that we signed, I think, a week-and-a-half ago. And so I’m not sure how it could square that its people that are not able to pay their rent when right now there are no evictions on the table legally.”
Governor Cuomo then commented: “Yeah, it is factually impossible that somebody committed a crime so they could pay their rent. If you can’t pay your rent, you cannot be evicted right now.”