New York city council released a package of measures to increase police accountability simultaneously with the crime statistics. According to the NYPD, general crimes have fallen in the recent past, while more serious crimes have increased. The report by the NYPD indicates that shootings are up by almost two-thirds (64%), while murders increased by 80%. New York also witnessed a 34% increase in burglaries in the past few months.
It appears that other forms of crimes are falling, except those involving the use of firearms, despite the local authority working tirelessly to disarm law-abiding citizens. However, the current solution to the crime problem is even worse. New York City council voted to implement reforms that will chip away over $1 billion from the police budget.
The City Council said cutting NYPD budget would be “an unprecedented reduction that would not only limit the scope of the NYPD but also show our commitment towards moving away from the failed policing policies of the past.” However, the situation on the ground shows that New York needs more police than ever.
The cuts will reduce the number of officers on the streets, reduce the responsibilities of NYPD, and cut overtime hours for law enforcement agents.
Other reforms will include a mandatory display of badge numbers by police officers, the creation of a disciplinary matrix for various officers’ misconducts, and the prohibition of kneeling or sitting on suspects during arrests. Some of the reforms were proposed after the death of Eric Garner, but the death of George Floyd created an urgency to implement them.
While attempts to avoid fatalities during arrests are welcome, some of the measures adopted will likely lead to more deaths. The reduction of police budget will reduce response rates of officers, thus giving criminals enough time to victimize New Yorkers. Reducing the number of officers will also fail in solving police misconduct because many of the officers to be terminated are not involved in wrongdoing.
The Police Benevolent Association said politicians in New York would be responsible for the deaths of civilians.
Given the restrictive gun laws in the city, many citizens will be defenseless against criminals who will try to exploit the vacuum left by the police. The rise in crimes involving the use of firearms is also proof that criminals still have their guns despite the city’s restrictions.
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