More than 3,000 gun crime suspects released as NYC battles rising shooting numbers
Gun crimes have exploded in New York City this year. A staggering 90 percent of suspects arrested on gun charges are back on the streets, which the NYPD says has fueled a historic spike in shootings that have left more than 1,756 dead or wounded. All under the leadership of Mayor de Blasio.
Approximately 3,345 of the 3,793 suspects arrested between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30 for firearms crimes, about 88 percent, were let go, according to department data. Just 450 remain in jail.
The NYPD has released citywide crime statistics for the month of November. Both gun arrests and citywide shootings are up for the month by more than 112% from this same time last year.
New reform laws are forcing judges to release a lot of these individuals. The laws prohibit them from setting monetary bail on some gun-possession cases. The crime became ineligible for bail in most circumstances under the Jan. 1 law changes, which mandate judges to release collared suspects, with no money down, on hundreds of charges considered “non-violent.”
The lax bail laws are ostensibly to blame for this year’s stunning 96-percent surge in shootings according to the NYPD. It was also exacerbated by the early release of prisoners due to COVID concerns.
“We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons … but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday while announcing shootings have climbed to 1,433 and are on track to reach a 14-year high by the end of 2020. By Thursday, the NYPD had logged an additional 18 shootings, bringing the total to 1,451, the department said.
If this doesn’t anger you, I’m not sure what will. NYC Police Officers are risking their lives to get guns and violent criminals off our streets, but our weak elected officials have opened the floodgates. https://t.co/q7yeoLNxqw
— Bill Pepitone for NYC Mayor (@PepitoneForNYC) December 13, 2020
The majority of suspects taken into custody with known access to guns are being set free to commit new crimes. According to the statistics, they are doing so in great numbers. 40 percent of those arrested in shootings this year were apprehended with a gun previously.
The NYPD is reporting that of the 3,793 arrested in the first 11 months of the year on gun charges, 247 of them were accused of new crimes within just 60 days of their initial gun arrest. Unbelievably, only 32 of the 247 accused are in jail currently.
An additional 24 people arrested for gun crimes previously were named as people of interest in a second crime within 60 days of their first gun arrest.
Many are calling the quick-release of shooting suspects dangerous.
“If an individual is willing to shoot someone, why are we giving them a chance to do it again?” asked John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor and retired NYPD detective sergeant Joseph Giacalone. He sneered, “It’s not like we are up nearly 100 percent in shootings or anything.
“I can hear reformers argue that most shooters haven’t [committed new crimes]. Tell that to the victims’ families.”
Governor Cuomo, who keeps appointing “softer” members to the state Parole Board, and Mayor de Blasio have set up a revolving door for repeat offenders, gang-bangers, psychopaths, and violent criminals. They are freed almost at once and go right back out and commit more crimes, not fearing the repercussions of most of their actions in the least. It has made the streets of New York City once again extremely unsafe for New Yorkers.
Because of lax justice, witnesses are very reluctant to come forward now. This makes it even harder for prosecutors to get a conviction and it makes it harder for police officers to do their jobs.
Gangs also exploit the “Raise the Age” reform by recruiting kids 18 and younger to take point on crimes that bring harsher penalties for older perps. That means more guns in the hands of younger boys (and sometimes girls).
— wyatt (@wyattsheepie) December 14, 2020
Mayor Bill de Blasio, by signing on to various consent decrees, has ensured that the NYPD can’t revive stop-and-frisk as a tactic for discouraging people from carrying. The City Council’s “chokehold” law, meanwhile, puts cops at personal risk of prosecution and lawsuits if they get physical with a suspect.
NYC is seeing more shootings than it has in 14 years. The pandemic isn’t the only disease the city is suffering from.