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Friday, 18 December 2020

Shootings in New York City are up 330% compared to the same time last year as NYPD commissioner starts crack down on illegal guns

 Shootings in New York City surged by 330 percent in the last week compared to the same time last year.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that all he wants for Christmas is laws that aren't 'fake' so he can get the guns off the streets.

As well as the huge surge in shooting incidents, the city saw a 425 percent increase in shooting victims on the last seven days compared to 2019.

Overall there have been 27 percent more gun busts in 2020, but Shea says his men are overstretched, lack funding and are undermined by 'fake' laws.

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks at a news conference earlier this year. Shea said that all he wants for Christmas is laws that aren't 'fake' so he can get the guns off the streets

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks at a news conference earlier this year. Shea said that all he wants for Christmas is laws that aren't 'fake' so he can get the guns off the streets

'It's Christmastime, so I'll ask for one thing under the Christmas tree,' Shea told The New York Post. 'We need to get serious about guns.'

Shea believes that though tough in theory, the city's gun laws are rendered feeble due to the soft criminal justice system which sends hardened gangsters back onto the streets too fast.

'From a policing perspective, we expend so much of our resources on that,' Shea said. 'Everyone in the criminal justice system knows this.'

In particular the commissioner criticized the lawyers and judges who allowed the hard work of his officers to go to waste.


He told the Post: 'Prosecutors, judges having discretion - maybe they want to give the person a second chance, maybe they're gonna give them supervised release.

'But listen, if you're giving them supervised release, transparency is not just good for the police department. Transparency is good for all the parts of the criminal justice system.

'Let's have some data on how many people were placed on supervised release.

'How many in-person meetings there were, who goes to school, who has a job. None of this exists.'

Police ballistic markers stand beside a pram at a crime scene in Brooklyn where a one year old child was shot and killed on July 13, 2020 in New York City

Police ballistic markers stand beside a pram at a crime scene in Brooklyn where a one year old child was shot and killed on July 13, 2020 in New York City

It comes as shootings in the city have doubled on the previous year – hitting their worst levels for 14 years.

While much of this is down to the proliferation of gangs, Shea said that Mayor Bill de Blasio's caving to the Black Lives Matter mob on 'defunding' the police hadn't helped.

'We've had a lot less cops in some of those neighborhoods that need them the most. That's a fact, and that certainly has contributed to some of the crime,' he said.

The Commissioner said that the NYPD was just one part of a vast criminal justice system which all needed to work together to bring down the violence. 

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