Carnage struck again in New York City last weekend as dozens were shot in increasingly rampant gun violence. Over 30 people were shot, 10 of them fatally, according to Breitbart.
NYC officials respond
Assistant Chief Judith Harrison released a tweet on Sunday decrying the violence, stating, “Yesterday we participated in the stop the violence march and rally.”
“This afternoon three people were shot on Vermont Street, @NYPD75Pct sadly one of the victims succumbed to his injuries. This senseless gun violence must stop!”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea echoed those sentiments during a Monday morning interview with NY1, and went on to admit that the city’s anti-violence initiatives have yet to bear fruit.
“When we have a day with 15 shootings in New York City, that’s not a success,” NBC 4 New York quoted Shea as lamenting. “There’s no other way to put that.”
“There are still some challenges throughout New York City with repeat gun offenders, with the gang situation, with large groups on the street and how to tackle them in terms of alcohol and things of that nature,” he continued.
Mayor de Blasio offers “thoughts and prayers” but won’t bring back undercover officers
The station also quoted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who said that the teenage victim’s death was “heartbreaking,” while adding that the young man’s “life was just beginning.” The mayor went on to offer “thoughts and prayers to the families of these boys” and noted, “No parent should ever have to bury a child.”
However, some have alleged de Blasio’s own policies are contributing to the recent rise in violence, including his support for disbanding the city’s plainclothes anti-crime unit.
Councilmen ask for anti-crime unit back
On July 15, City Councilmen Steve Matteo and Joe Borelli wrote a letter asking for the unit to reinstated after a 1-year-old boy was shot to death.
“We simply cannot and should not be conducting policing experiments at a time like this,” they insisted. “New Yorkers are dying unnecessarily and want to be protected by the NYPD.”
“Respectfully, we write to ask that you consider reinstating the important anti-crime units that did so much good work getting illegal guns off our streets and, with their work, saving countless lives throughout the years,” the pair wrote.
De Blasio press secretary Bill Neidhardt responding by tweeting that the idea is “utterly outdated” and pits officers “against the people they serve.”