Failed leaders, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams, can not seem to successfully address the rampant crime in New York.
New Yorkers have begged for help now that the midterm election is over, yet the city continues to be engulfed in crime.
New data from NYPD shows that fatal stabbings and slashings are up 37% in NYC this year.
The New York Post reports:
Fatal stabbings and slashings are up an alarming 37% in the Big Apple this year.
The NYPD has logged 96 blade-involved killings so far in 2022, compared with 70 for the same period in 2021, according to department stats obtained by The Post.
Stabbings and slashings overall are up 10% in 2022, with 4,344 compared to 3,954 last year, the stats show.
The disturbing data, which cover Jan. 1 to Dec. 11, come as NYC was racking up 16% fewer shootings, which dropped from 1,757 to 1,474 so far this year.
“Not everybody can buy a gun, so what’s the next best thing everyone has access to? A knife,” observed Michael Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective who is now an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“There isn’t real consequences if you get arrested with a knife; it’s probably just a misdemeanor and you’re going to be given a smack on the wrist,” he added.
“You have the knife on your person, you encounter a confrontation and there’s no cooling off period,” Alcazar said. “How many times do you walk through the turnstile and there’s an EDP standing there staring directly at you, like he’s in a trance. You don’t know if that guy has a knife or a weapon.”
Alcazar added that under bail reform, where DAs in New York are not prosecuting low-level weapon cases, there’s a “comfortability” factor for criminals. “Everyone’s packing because everyone feels they have to protect themselves with the surge in crime in New York City. Bad guys have to protect themselves from other bad guys.”
The rise in stabbings comes amid a 24% surge in in major crime citywide.
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