AOC says crime wave in NYC caused by ‘shoplifting’
Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) told America this weekend exactly why she thinks crime is surging in New York City in the wake of COVID shutdowns and Black Lives Matters (BLM) protests that have rocked the city since March:
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent,” said AOC on a Zoom-hosted town hall. “And so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money. So, you maybe have to — they’re put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
Maybe. But the stats say the crime that’s surging in New York City is more than a little shoplifting. In fact, the stats say that shoplifting isn’t the problem, shootings are.
“While shootings and murders have skyrocketed this year, overall crime has been trending down. There have been a little over 1,300 fewer major crimes reported this year, for a 3-percent reduction over 2019, according to NYPD data,” says the New York Post.
The number of murders is up 27 percent over last year through the week of July 5 compared to last year. Shooting incidents are up 54 percent while shooting victims are up 63 percent, according to NYPD stats.
Petty larceny, which would include shoplifting, is down nearly 8 percent compared to last year according to the same stats.
The major difference between this year and last year is that, under pressure from progressives like AOC, the New York Police Department dismantled their anti-crime units– neighborhood policing units that concentrated on gun crime prevention– on June 15.
Prior to the disbanding of the anti-crime units, murder was on the downswing in New York City.
“Murder is down 10.7% (67 v. 75) for the First Quarter of 2020 when compared to the first three months of 2019,” said the NYPD, while the number of shootings in March was unchanged from a year ago at 56.
Then, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, the city disbanded the anti-crime units and everything changed.
In the first five days after the announcement, there were 28 shootings, yielding 38 victims, versus 12 shooting for the same period in 2019.
“Shootings are surging this week in New York City,” reported the New York Post on Friday, June 19, “with 28 incidents and 38 victims reported since Monday — the day the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit.”
Since then, New York City has been a free-for-all for gun violence and murder.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn (TX) derided AOC – and Joe Biden—tweeting facetiously:
“From one of Biden’s key advisors: AOC: New York City crime spike possibly due to people failing to pay rent or shoplifting out of hunger.”
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