Manhattan DA Bragg admits he's concerned for his family's safety on NYC subways

July 14, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg expressed concern for his own family's safety riding New York City's subways.

Bragg shared the remarks during a Fox 5 interview about public safety in the Big Apple.

The comments

"I know the statistics that transit crime is down, but when one of my family members gets on the train, I, too, get a knot in my stomach," he said.

"Bragg's comments come as transit crimes spiked nearly 20 percent last month, compared to the same time period the year before," the Daily Mail reported.

"Among those crimes was a string of subway slashings in which a man allegedly attacked three different women over a 20-minute span on June 18," it added.

The statistics

"The soft-on-criminals prosecutor appeared to reference the latest NYPD data that show major crime in the city’s subway system being down 4.6% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2022," the New York Post reported.

"But last month alone, transit crime actually spiked more than 18%, with 195 incidents compared to the 165 over the course of June last year, the data shows," it added.

More work to do

“I live here, I’m raising my family here, so we have a lot more work to do,” Bragg also stated.

“We do a number of long-term investigations involving wire taps,” Bragg said. “We do targeted enforcement, so we are seeing the returns on that investigative work, and we’re going to do that kind of work.”

Bragg's comments come as his popularity has grown following his move to indict former President Donald Trump. Despite the notoriety, he faces a major challenge to reduce crime in his own city as public safety fears continue.

The city's subways are only one part of the larger crime issue in the city under its current leadership, leading to several people leaving the city while others stay and hope for change under Bragg and others.

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