As New York City defunds the police, the city experiences a 166% increase in shootings.
The offices in midtown Manhattan are vacant as workers and businesses find working remotely to be effective and cost efficient.
Commercial real estate property owners will see a cash flow squeeze that will reverberate to financial markets.
Property values throughout New York City should drop as a result.
Moving vans are overbooked as residents escape a city that is now over-ridden with crimes of all kinds.
A slow motion massacre is playing out on the streets of New York City.
The city hit a tragic milestone this weekend with more than 1,000 shootings so far this year. The number already surpasses the 2019 total, and there are still months to go in 2020.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s city saw a surge in crime in August, in particular.
Statistics from the New York City Police Department say there were 242 shootings in August 2020, compared to 91 shooting incidents in August 2019. That is a 166% increase.
Year to date, there has been an 87% increase from 2019, with 1,014 shootings compared to 541 at this point last year.
Police say Staten Island is the only borough that has not seen reports of shootings climb.
In areas that have seen more gunfire, numbers say those crimes are increasingly deadly too.
Murder is up 34% in 2020. The first eight months of the year saw 291 killings, as opposed to 217 at this time last year.
In a quote to the New York Post, a Brooklyn cop who asked not to be identified said:
“Mr. Mayor, it is time to stop calling New York the safest big city.”
Like Chicago, New York City has seen particularly violent weekends in the summer months.
On August 19, the Post reported that gunfire erupted in Brooklyn during daylight hours. A bullet hit a man completely unconnected to the shooter or the shooter’s target, permanently paralyzing him.
The man, Sam Metcalfe, was reportedly on a walk. The post said he had joined his wife on an errand to buy toothpaste so that he could hold an umbrella for her in the rain.
His sister in law, Krista Zigorski told the Post:
“Almost immediately, [he] couldn’t feel his legs. We now know that the bullet hit his kidney and stopped when it hit his spine.”
The spike in shootings, and overall violence, is shocking in a city that for so long was locked down during the pandemic, to an extent unseen in many other areas of the country.
Still, police have been tasked with protecting the city during a healthcare crisis, that’s dovetailed with widespread unrest over social justice issues this summer.
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