Mayor Bill de Blasio was going to defund the police and reimagine public safety. How’s that working out?
New data from the NYPD shows there were 68 shootings across the city in the past seven days, leaving dozens of people wounded and nearly a dozen dead.
At least 92 people were shot in the city during the period spanning from 12 a.m. on July 5 to 11:59 p.m. on July 11. At least 11 of them died from their injuries, according to the data.
Here’s Bill de Blasio’s bold new innovative plan to stop the violence. Turn to the cops.
“Starting tonight, you’re going to see a combination of things happening,” de Blasio said. “Increased NYPD presence at hotspots, at key locations; more patrol officers on foot, in vehicles.”
The mayor said the NYPD would be upping its presence at NYCHA developments too.
But wait, this is a truly reimagined concept of public safety.
But de Blasio also said communities would play a larger role in helping stop the violence. “That is key to this. Community organizations walking with police officers showing common cause,” he said.
He’s ordering police deployments… but accompanied by community leaders.
Sekou said groups are encouraging members of the community to come out and become more involved in the effort to curb violence.
“We’re going to be occupying the corner, and we’re going to start in Harlem,” Sekou said. “But we won’t just end in Harlem, we’re going to put more energy into occupying.”
So this is just Take Back the Night. Again.
Good luck occupying any corners without the police. When the violence gets bad enough, Democrats have no choice but to turn to what actually works, the police. And the whole thing can be dressed up in community policing nonsense, but in the end the only answer is to throw bodies in blue at the problem.