From subway attacks to shootings, violent crime is on the rise in New York – a staggering turnaround after years of record declines.
On Thursday, a 40-year-old woman was pushed onto the subway tracks at Union Square Station in Manhattan just before the train entered. She fell between the rails and a bed, police said, avoiding minor injuries. A suspect was immediately arrested.
Hours earlier on Wednesday night, a man was pushed onto the tracks at 42nd Street Bryant Park by a manager after refusing to give him money, authorities said. The victim managed to return to the platform and was not seriously injured. A suspect has been arrested.
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“It’s not fair to people who use this system,” Sarah Feinberg, interim president of New York Transit, said of the attacks during a news conference Thursday. “It’s not fair to the woman who went through this today. We have a crisis in this city and it must be resolved. “
Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed the latest influx of crime in part for closing businesses and schools linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Many of the things we rely on to keep people safe and stable were not there,” he said on Tuesday.
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Rising violence has raised fears that the city may return to darker times, decades ago, when residents feared for their safety amid a crack epidemic. The new wave of crime is coming as the city also struggles with a shaky economy and pressure to pursue police reforms backed by defenders of racial justice.
“It’s almost like a perfect storm,” Alfred Tit Jr., an assistant at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice and a former homicide detective in New York, told Fox News earlier. “We had bail reform, then we defended the police, which reduced the number of officers on the streets and the overtime that can be done, and now we have COVID-19.”
Across the city, shootings have nearly doubled, from 698 last year to 1,359 this year on November 15, according to the NYPD.
The shooting casualties doubled to more than 828 throughout 2019 to 1,667 this year to November 15. So far this year, there are 405 homicide victims, compared to 295 last year.
The NYPD declined to answer questions emailed from Fox News or to provide a representative for an interview.
To help combat gun violence, the NYPD eliminated its Homeless Protection and Shelter Division in the summer – a team dedicated to helping homeless New Yorkers – in the summer and reassigned officers.
The employees of the police union categorically assign the blame to selected employees. The Association of Benevolent Police Officers, which represents regular officers, and the Association of Benefactors of Sergeants throw local leaders and their progressive policies at harming street officers and encouraging criminals.
Union leaders cited cuts in police budgets, bail reform laws that sometimes force judges to release suspected criminals on the streets, and more recently a program that requires social workers and EMTs to respond to 911 mental health calls instead of cops.
“The council almost took away the NYPD’s ability to make arrests,” SBA chairman Ed Mullins told Fox News. “Right now, there are cops who are hesitant to catch someone, just for fear that if he goes wrong, we could be arrested.”
Mullins cites the Diaphragm Act, an anti-throttle measure that prohibits employees from sitting or kneeling on a suspect’s back in a way that can shrink the diaphragm. The measure took effect after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, related to the police.
Some of the latest crime-grabbing titles seem more brazen and strange.
On Wednesday, a Brooklyn rapper turned himself in to police after a video in which he blew up a flamethrower in the night sky while the top of a city bus went viral. The incident happened on November 8 in the Bedford-Stewisant neighborhood in Brooklyn.
No one was injured, but 25 passengers on board were transferred to another bus.
In another incident, a 70-year-old woman was hit in the face by a stray bullet on Tuesday afternoon while riding a bus in Brooklyn. Two suspects are wanted.
A couple on parole with multiple arrests is believed to have broken into a home in Queens on Tuesday and held a family hostage during a lengthy hour-long confrontation with police.
Earlier this month, a 64-year-old woman was robbed with a knife in Queens. The suspect grabbed her violently as he walked and put a knife to his throat. He appears to have fled empty-handed, according to the New York Post.
Actor Rick Moranis was hit by a homeless man last month while walking near Central Park, according to police. The man accused of the attack has been suspected in several others in recent months.
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Some residents have enough crime and coronavirus and have left the Big Apple.
More than 300,000 New Yorkers have moved out of the city in the past eight months, the Post reported, citing data from the US Postal Service.
In a video released this week to announce his candidacy for mayor, Brooklyn Borrow President Eric Adams, a former state senator and New York official, said the city was “in a dark place right now.”
“Whether it’s a pandemic or violence on our streets, we don’t feel safe,” he said.
In the summer, as protests raged across the country over Floyd’s death and a series of police shootings, the NYPD disbanded its anti-crime units – teams of civilian officers targeting violent crime in some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Crime rose rapidly and shootings increased.
In a tweet thanking a man for stopping an attempt to abduct a baby, municipal councilor Robert Holden also announced a ban on the city’s “diaphragm.”
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The good Samaritan, 33-year-old Brian Kemsley, restrained the man with a throttle.
“I am very grateful to Mr Kemsley for stepping up and stopping the alleged abduction,” Holden wrote on Wednesday. “Note that if Mr. Kemsley had been a police officer, he would have been prosecuted for our city’s reckless ‘diaphragm ban’ law, instead of being rightly praised as a hero.”