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It’s a bloody sequel.
Murders in the Big Apple spiked 125% in the first 10 days of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, increasing from four to nine. And shootings continued to surge — up 24% — increasing from 25 to 31 over the same period in 2020, data show. The number of gunshot victims nearly tripled, with 36 so far this year compared to 28 during the same snapshot in 2020, a 29% increase.
The early violence does not bode well for 2021, considering the number of shootings and gun victims in 2020 matched the totals for the two prior years combined.
“It’s only going to get worse,” predicted Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “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.” New state reform laws enacted in 2020 mandate that suspects in a long list of crimes go free without having to post bail.
Just minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square welcoming in 2021, the city had its first shooting — a 33-year-old Brooklyn woman struck by a stray bullet as she lay in her bed.
A little more than an hour after New Yorkers rang in the new year, gunshots outside a notorious hotel in Kew Gardens, Queens, left a 20-year-old man dead — the city’s first homicide of 2021 — and two others injured.
NYPD statistics showed that 1,868 people were hit by gunfire in 1,531 separate shooting incidents last year — matching the combined totals for 2018 and 2019, when 1,820 victims and 1,531 shooting incidents were recorded.
Last year, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed New York’s sharp rise in crime on New York’s new bail reform laws.
The NYPD did not immediately comment on the troubling new trends.
Giacalone suggested re-deploying resources.
“Now that most of the protests have abated, assign more people to the detective squads to close open cases. Violence begets violence and retaliation is a real threat,” he said.
“There isn’t a magical potion or secret game plan,” said Blues Lives Matter founder Joseph Imperatrice, an NYPD sergeant. “The focus and strategy never changes. Get the bad guys off the street while trying not to get anyone hurt in the process.”
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