Violence continues to surge out of control in New York City, with the Washington Examiner reporting that 17 people were shot in the Big Apple on Monday.
“Those numbers would be high for a Friday or Saturday,” an unnamed police officer was quoted as telling the New York Post, but that they were “astronomical” for a Monday.
Twelve of the victims were said to have been shot in Brooklyn, and they included a 20-year-old man who died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Post.
Meanwhile, local news affiliate WPIX reported that a 17-year-old male died the morning after he was confronted by three suspects who exited a vehicle, at least one of whom opened fire.
Violence claims 1-year-old child
The aforementioned killings came on the heels of a deadly weekend in which 1-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. sustained a fatal stomach wound at a family cookout in a city park, as The New York Times reported.
The child’s father and grandmother were subsequently interviewed by Fox News reporter Lawrence Jones, and they lashed out the child’s killers as wells as anti-police activists.
“You can go to hell,” Samantha Gardner told the shooters. “Excuse my expression, but you took something that was precious from me, precious from my son, something precious from his mother, and we will never see him.”
“He cannot come back,” the grieving woman continued. She pointed out that her grandson “was an innocent little baby, and he’s gone forever,” adding: “For the cowards that did this, you should be ashamed of yourself because everybody talks about Black Lives Matter. What about baby lives? What about teenager lives? You took an innocent child from a mother and a father, as well as the grandparents, and I don’t think it’s fair.”
Defunding push continues
The bloodshed follows an announcement last month from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that the NYPD’s budget would be slashed by more than $1 billion and that the department’s plainclothes anti-crime unit would be disbanded amid claims of alleged police brutality and racial profiling.
Yet, according to the New York Post, that wasn’t enough for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who insisted in a statement that “[d]efunding police means defunding police.”
“It does not mean budget tricks or funny math,” the left-wing congresswoman went on to complain. “This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”
Instead of unfailingly catering to the demands of the angry progressive mob, perhaps Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should sit down with the Gardner family to learn about the real-life consequences of her virulent anti-police animus.