The African American community comprises the majority of gunshot victims compared to any other racial group in New York City according to Police Department statistics, the Daily Caller reported.
In June of this year there were 194 shootings involving black victims in the city compared to 70 in June 2019, according to NYPD Incident Level Data. Of those shootings, 27 were classified as homicides, compared to only 10 in June 2019. This is a 170% increase in African American deaths in just one month.
No other racial group has had as many fatalities in New York City since the crime wave broke out in mid-May 2020 following the death in custody of George Floyd in Minnesota.
According to police statistics, there were no white fatalities in the shootings in June 2020.
In the same month, the City Council approved a nearly $1 billion cut from the police department’s budget and relocated it to community-based youth programs.
In July 2020, crime continued to rise. There were 244 shootings in that month, 177% more than in July 2019 which had only 88 gun incidents, although the statistics on which racial groups were involved in the month of July are not yet known, everything indicates that the trend will continue.
Although Daily Caller’s analysis could not identify the cause of the city’s skyrocketing crime rate, it did note that the increase in crime coincides with the riots initiated in response to Floyd’s death.
The Black Lives Matters movement, which along with antifa leads violent demonstrations in cities around the country, has called for “tear down the system,” looting businesses, defunding police, and many Democratic-run cities have become war zones.
In an interview with MSNBC, Bill de Blasio blamed the CCP Virus for the crime wave, he said: ” We’ve had a very tough two months — no doubt — and it is directly related to the coronavirus — the dislocation it’s caused, the fact that our court system is not functioning yet, so many factors.”
Nevertheless, Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the judicial system, called the mayor’s statements “absurd, patently false, and ridiculous,” according to the New York Post.
“The courts have operated continuously, operating throughout the pandemic, arraigning defendants, holding 100s of hearings, and conferencing 1,000s of cases,” Chalfen said, adding that Mayor Bill de Blasio “should be looking in the mirror, not gazing out a window.”
Michael LiPetri, chief of Crime Control Strategies for the NYPD, said the city needs a stronger justice system because currently more people are released than are prosecuted. He said there needs to be swift and accurate justice to persuade people not to use guns illegally in the city.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, noted that de Blasio’s recent police reforms ended up serving as an impediment to officers doing their jobs and that has discouraged law enforcement.