In the first 10 days of 2021, murders in the Big Apple jumped 125% compared to the same time in 2020, rising from four to nine. And shootings continued to rise from 25 to 31 during the same timeframe in 2020, data shows, up 24 percent. The number of shooting victims nearly tripled to 36 this year, compared to 28 in the same snapshot in 2020, a rise of 29 percent.
For 2021, early violence does not bode well, given that the number of shootings and gun victims in 2020 exceeded the combined total for the two previous years.
Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, predicted that, It’s just going to get worse. “It’s a year later and if bail reform was such a success, the architects and academics that helped design it would be shouting from the mountain tops. They aren’t.” Recent state reform legislation passed in 2020 requires offenders to go fr fr in a long list of crimes.
The town had its first shot, a 33-year-old Brooklyn woman hit by a stray bullet as she laid in her bed, just minutes after the ball fell in Times Square in 2021.
Gunshots outside a notorious hotel in Kew Gardens, Queens, left a 20-year-old man dead, the city’s first murder in 2021, and two others wounded, just over an hour after New Yorkers rang out in the new year.
NYPD figures revealed that in 1,531 different shooting incidents last year, 1,868 individuals were struck by gunshots, matching the combined totals for 2018 and 2019, when 1,820 casualties and 1,531 shooting incidents were recorded.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed New York’s dramatic increase in crime on the new bail reform laws in New York last year.
On the disturbing new developments, the NYPD did not immediately comment.
Re-deploying capital was proposed by Giacalone.
Now that most of the demonstrations have abated, appoint more persons to close open cases to the detective squads. Violence produces violence and revenge is a real threat,’ he said.