New York City’s homicide rate spiked to a 5 year high in June; prompting one NYPD boss to say the entire justice system is “imploding” with major felonies jumping double-digits in recent weeks.
From NBC New York:
New York City’s homicide rate has hit a five-year high as the amount of people shot has jumped 42 percent compared to last year on the heels of an “implosion” of the city’s judicial system, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
A perfect storm of COVID-19 shutdowns within the judicial system (which have shunted indictments against the most dangerous illegal gun criminals), a breakdown in the city’s social safety nets (which has prisoners being released from jail straight into homelessness), and bail reform laws and case deferments have all hindered the NYPD’s efforts to staunch the bleeding, Shea believes.
“We cannot keep people safe without keeping bad, dangerous, people off the streets,” Shea said. “You have a criminal justice system that’s imploding. That’s the kindest way to put it.”
Shea said that if the Supreme Court can hold proceedings during the pandemic, there should be a way to arraign people and have grand juries during these pandemic times, pleading “do it virtually, do something.”
The commissioner also said supervised release is a “fallacy,” and that there’s no system right now to keep an eye on those who are released from prison — including Riker’s Island — and supposed to be monitored.
“Releasing people to homeless shelters is a recipe for disaster,” he said. “There is no safety net, often we don’t even have a clue where they are.”
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BIG APPLE BREAKDOWN: Bill De Blasio’s Daughter, 25, Arrested During Manhattan Protest for Blocking Traffic
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter was one of hundreds of demonstrators arrested over the weekend; reportedly taken into custody for blocking traffic during a protest in Manhattan Saturday night.
Chiara de Blasio is one of the nearly 790 people who have been arrested in New York City since protests over the death of George Floyd began last week https://t.co/UusGs3188p
— TIME (@TIME) June 1, 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday near Union Square in Manhattan, a police official said.
Follow live updates of the protests in New York: https://t.co/Bo6wZQfwRq
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 1, 2020
“New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday near Union Square in Manhattan, a police official said,” reports the New York Times.
“She had allegedly been blocking traffic on Broadway and was arrested after refusing to move, the source said,” adds the New York Post.
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CHAOS NYC: Rioters Loot Manhattan Stores, De Blasio Describes Situation as ‘Limited Protest Activity’
Rioters smashed windows and looted stores in Manhattan late Sunday night after assembling for citywide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis; a situation Mayor Bill de Blasio described as “limited protest activity.”
“Fox News crews on the scene in SoHo reported hundreds of people stealing from luxury stores – including Chanel and Dior – for hours on Sunday night going into the early hours of Monday morning. The looters were seen piling shoplifted merchandise into vehicles while others rode off with the merchandise in black garbage bags balanced on CitiBikes,” reports Fox news.
Here it is… just disgusting to see this in person pic.twitter.com/GftB2C5Bfw
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) June 1, 2020
“Most of the day we had large crowds throughout the city in multiple boroughs [on Sunday]. But when it got dark, things changed and it changed rapidly,” Shea said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “We anticipated it, but you saw large groups of people had no inclination to all this protest once it got dark, particularly in the area of SoHo between Canal and West Broadway. We had a number of stores broken into.”
Read the full report at Fox News.