Crime is skyrocketing in New York and police blame NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats in the state assembly for fueling the fire.
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 29, 2020
“We haven’t seen crime numbers like this in a very long time,” the NYC PBA union posted to Twitter Wednesday.
The post includes a chart of crimes in the city for the week of January 20-26, which included a week to date comparison with 2019 that showed a 157.1% spike in shooting incidents, 242.9% more shooting victims, a 58.8% increase in grand larceny auto, 37.2% more robberies, and a 50% jump in murders.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, the NYC PBA and others are placing the blame exactly where it belongs: so-called “bail reforms” created by Cuomo and Democrats that require immediate release of the vast majority of criminals without bail, a nod to “progressives” like de Blasio who argue the bail system punishes the poor.
The new bail laws prohibit judges from setting bail for all but the most violent offenders, regardless of the circumstances. They come amid de Blasio’s restructuring of the city’s jails, which includes the planned closure of the infamous Riker’s Island.
“Crime is notably up in New York City this year, and @NYPDShea is clear on the cause: It’s the new state “bail reform” laws.”
“Let repeat offenders roam free — and you’re bound to see more crime.”
“By Friday, overall incidents were up 11%…”https://t.co/ViKUMH2MNs
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 28, 2020
“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse,” Shea said, according to the New York Post. “We’re seeing the effects in a very quick time.”
The ridiculous consequences of the new laws are on full display.
Gerod Woodberry was released without bail multiple times in state courts this month as he racked up charges for six different bank robberies over a 16 day period, according to the New York Daily News.
The 42-year-old’s most recent robbery occurred at a Chase Bank in Downtown Brooklyn on Jan. 10, just four hours after he was released for the exact same crime.
But the Chase Bank is federally insured, which allowed the U.S. Attorney to file federal charges against Woodberry and he turned himself in at the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday.
“I’m Woodberry,” he told a court worker. “I’m the one that’s been robbing banks.”
Woodberry’s alleged crimes involved only a note demanding money, which requires no bail as a “non-violent” offense under the new state laws.
“I can’t believe they let me out,” Woodberry told the Post after his arrest and release for the fourth robbery. “What were they thinking?”
U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue echoed the same sentiment when he intervened to file federal charges following the Chase Bank robbery, the second within hours of his release.
“No sound, rational and fair criminal-justice system requires the pre-trial release of criminal defendants who demonstrate such determination to continuously commit serious crimes,” he said.
New Yorkers should pay close attention: this is true endgame of the anti-police movement, an end of all policing & destruction of public order. Our members have spent their careers — and in some cases given their lives — to bring public safety back to NYC. We can’t go backwards pic.twitter.com/X72vVioCVi
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 30, 2020
Other examples of criminals released this week involve six suspects arrested for their part in a $7 million fentanyl operation and a woman charged with anti-Semitic hate crimes, the Post reports.
In other areas of New York, law enforcement officials are raising alarm over new requirements in the reforms that task them with submitting evidence within 15 days.
“Since the new laws were passed by the state legislature, Chautaugua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and several police chiefs, including (Jamestown Police Chief Harry) Snellings, have publicly stated the new laws will increase the workload on department personnel and will have a negative impact,” The Post-Journal reports.
New Yorkers weighing in online believe it’s too late for that.
Congratulations to andrew cuomo for outstanding legislation directly resulting in huge increases in virtually every crime category. Fredos drive to the californication of new york took a huge step forward.
— Irishcorkie46 (@irishcorkie46) January 30, 2020
“Congratulations to Andrew Cuomo for outstanding legislation directly resulting in huge increases in virtually every crime category,” Irishcorkie46 wrote.
Stunning numbers. Quite a dynamic duo is that mayor and governor…running the city and state right into the ground.
— Kevin Williams (@wxbywilliams) January 30, 2020
“Stunning numbers,” Kevin Williams added. “Quite a dynamic duo is that mayor and governor … running the city and state right into the ground.”
NY has effectively made crime pay. Between closing prisons and reducing the population for no good reason, these new laws making it impossible to hold criminals accountable and targeting the police for the tiniest of errors, they are making Escape from NY look like our future.Sad
— Phil (@NYPatriot27) January 30, 2020
“NY has effectively made crime pay,” Phil posted. “Between closing prisons and reducing the population for no good reason, these new laws making it impossible to hold criminals accountable and targeting police for the tiniest of errors, they are making Escape from NY look like our future. Sad.”