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Blood flowed freely in the city yet again this weekend, with nearly 30 people shot and three killed Friday through Sunday. When New Yorkers vote for mayor next month, they should ask themselves: Do they really want to double down on policies, like defunding police, that fuel the violence?
Some cities are doing just that, even as death tolls mount. St. Louis set a 50-year murder rate record in 2020, yet its new mayor Tishaura Jones aims to take millions from the department and cut the force. Seattle sliced its 2021 police funding 20 percent and axed positions, though it, too, saw its highest homicide rate in decades.
At least 20 large cities have rolled back their police budgets, reports Axios. How does that lower murder and other crime? And don’t think it’s wealthy neighborhoods that suffer.
New York City has also been trimming police funding, despite a surge in shootings. Last year, the department scrapped its anti-crime unit, a key to rounding up guns.
And the rest of the system is failing, too. In 2018, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Ruth Shillingford sentenced reputed gangbanger Justin Murrell to a mere 1-1/3 to four years for permanently disabling a cop by dragging him with his (stolen) car. Murrell got out last year — and got nabbed again Sunday in another car he allegedly stole, following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. Raise the Age laws for under-21 perps continue to fuel similar outrages.
Meanwhile, most of the Democratic mayoral pack would continue, or even expand on, the crazy policies that have driven up violence. Scott Stringer and Dianne Morales, for example, have called for more NYPD cuts.
Eric Adams, by contrast, demands action now to curb the bloodshed: “Our streets are becoming deadlier,” he said after this weekend. “And it is black and Latino New Yorkers — and frequently innocent bystanders — who are the victims.”
Adams hopes to restore an “anti-gun unit” and push other measures to fight violence.
Mayor Bill de Blasio should take those steps now. Alas, don’t count on it.
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