Ex-NYPD detective on sharp uptick in violent crime: ‘A law that isn’t enforced is not a law

Ex-NYPD detective on sharp uptick in violent crime: 'A law that isn't enforced is not a law'

新冠病毒 in combination with other issues is leading the crime uptick in major cities across America, retired New York Police Department detective Pat Brosnan said on Monday.

“A law that is not enforced is not a law and until that changes, until that equation changes, and crime becomes illegal, we will see skyrocketing gun violence straight across all of our major cities,” Brosnan told美国新闻室.”

Brosnan suggested that the coronavirus is not the only factor in the spike in crime.

“It’s a convenient narrative to lay the blame on the doorstep of COVID, granted, COVID is a contributing factor, there is no doubt about it,” Brosnan said. “但, riots for fun and profit, a desecrated police department in both morale and operationally, and a completely destructed and destructed rule of law relative to the adherence to it are the main drivers herethey’re the catalyst. COVID is just a first cousin that was a cause and effect.

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From subway attacks to shootings, violent crime is surging in 纽约市a startling reversal after years of record declines.

星期四, a 40-year-old woman was shoved onto the subway tracks in Manhattan’s Union Square station just before a train pulled in. She fell between the rails and a row bed, 警察说, escaping with minor injuries. A suspect was immediately arrested.

Hours earlier on Wednesday night, a man was shoved onto the tracks of the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station by a panhandler after refusing to give him money, 当局说. The victim was able to get back on the platform and wasn’t seriously hurt. A suspect was arrested.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed the latest crime surge in part on business and school closures related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot of things we depend on to keep people safe and stable weren’t there,” he said Tuesday.

The increase in violence has given rise to fears that the city could be returning to darker times, decades ago, when residents feared for their safety amid a crack epidemic. The new crime wave comes as the city also grapples with a faltering economy and pressure to enact police reforms championed by racial justice advocates.

Citywide, shootings have nearly doubled — 从 698 去年到 1,359 this year as of Nov. 15, according to NYPD figures.

Shooting victims have more than doubled, 从 828 during all of 2019 至 1,667 this year through Nov. 15. There have been 405 homicide victims so far this year, 相比 295 去年.

The NYPD declined to answer questions emailed by Fox News or provide a representative for an interview.

To help combat gun violence, the NYPD eliminated its Homeless Outreach and Shelter Security Unitthe team dedicated to assisting homeless New Yorkersover the summer and reassigned the officers.

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Brosnan said that there is a “diminishment and demeaning of the police morale.”

“The reality is a brand new term has come to light, it is called de-arresting, where someone is lawfully placed under arrest for probable cause and then they are de-arrested because police commanders, under pressure from politicians, under pressure from the media, are saying certain crimes are no longer illegal so people get a free pass. 所以, how does that affect it at all?

“We have commercial burglaries up in New York City–42%. Car thefts 66%. A lot of this is directly related to the COVID, 对, there is a lot more homeless, a lot more emotionally disturbed folks, 但, the reality is this free-for-all sense that there is no sanction, there is no penalty, it is all carrot and no stick.

福克斯新闻’ Louis Casiano 为本报告做出了贡献.

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