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NYPD sets quarter-century record for gun arrests in last week

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The NYPD made more gun arrests last week than during any week over the last 25 years, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday, a milestone for the department as the city weathers a spike in shootings and violent crime. ~

The department made 160 gun arrests between August 31 and September 6, the highest number of any week in the last quarter-century, and more than twice the 72 gun arrests made during the same week last year. Gun arrests had been rising over the last month, Shea said, with 436 busts over the 28 days that ended September 6, marking a roughly 36 percent increase from the 320 busts the department made over the same period last year. After riots broke out following the police custody death of George Floyd in May, NYC’s murder rate shot up 59 percent in July compared to last year, and shootings spiked 177 percent. The City Council agreed in July to cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget (Yahoo News). ~

NYC’s police head told radio station 1010 WINS, speaking about the milestone, that “We hit a 25-year high in gun arrests last week, the most gun arrests we’ve made in a week in 25 years.” The news came after 23 shootings (two fatal) occurred over the holiday weekend. ~

Since the death of George Floyd, protests and riots calling for racial justice have been prominent in most of the major cities around the country, most influenced and inspired by the messages of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many of these protests have called for policing reform, as well as calls for the defunding of police departments. The phrase “ACAB”, which stands for “All Cops Are Bastards”, has also gained momentum at many of these demonstrations. ~

Shea stated that the arrests should “put to bed… any talk of what cops are doing out there. Cops are putting themselves on the line every day, as they have been.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, and Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, have called for an independent investigation into an alleged work slowdown of the NYPD. Shea said he welcomes the probe, calling it “politics.” “You cut the budget…and then you wonder why it takes longer for cops to get the job,” he told the radio station (FOX). ~

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