Protesters gathered outside City Hall on Thursday with anti-de Blasio signs, including one reading: Buh-bye sh*t head. Thanks for f***ing up our city’
De Blasio is handing over New York City to Eric Adam with the worst murder rate in ten years, though he has used the pandemic as an excuse for the skyrocketed crime. ‘The last two years have been thrown off by the perfect storm of Covid, there’s no question,’ he said.
The city is on pace to reach 500 murders in the year 2021, something they haven’t recorded in 10 years.
As of Thursday, the city has recorded 481 murders which has been fueled by an increase in gun crime, according to city data.
The last time the city hit 500+ murders was 2011, under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when homicides ended up totaling 515.
The rest of the decade had seen a sharp decrease in murders, going down to 419 in 2012 and heading as low as 292 in 2017 under de Blasio.
But the numbers have climbed since, up to 462 in 2020 during the lockdown phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city, which also saw stores hit by looting, and riots in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.