Despite a soaring, often brutal, wave of crime that has struck the city, its progressive leaders are crowing about how many criminals they’ve released from the city’s jails. For a taste of what New Yorkers are facing, watch a few recent clips below:
🚨WANTED for ROBBERY: On 7/24/21 at approx 9:05 AM, in the vicinity of Pitkin Ave and Barbey St in Brooklyn, the suspect approached a 68-year-old male, assaulted him, causing a broken wrist & nose, then removed his property. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/SLpC72eRhS
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 25, 2021
🚨WANTED for ROBBERY: On 7/20, at 8:18 PM, a 61-year-old female was on the corner of W 151 St & 8 Ave in Manhattan when the suspects started kicking, punching, & hit her head with a pot before removing her cash, credit cards, & walker. Any info? Call/DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/YQzCAtn8HS
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 22, 2021
23-year-old Mahmoud Musa has been charged with gang assault & assault as a hate crime for the vicious beating of Joey Borgen in May. And in case you were wondering, they didn’t manage to ‘Free Palestine’ by beating a Jew in New York City.. pic.twitter.com/lOqVvPpDob
— The Israel Files (@theisraelfiles) June 9, 2021
Mayor Bill De Blasio’s soft-on-crime push came just as national Democrats were signaling their approval of rioting and looting in the streets of America’s major cities. De Blasio eliminated cash bail for NYC’s criminals, putting them right back on the streets. Then the city began releasing prisoners to save them from COVID-19. Then cities, including New York, passed budgets defunding the police.
President Trump has urged America’s big cities to give police back their authority, but those calls have gone unheeded.
Seth Barron explains New York’s descent into chaos in the New York Post, writing:
It’s an article of faith among New York City’s progressive leadership that punishment does not deter crime and that putting criminals in jail is at least as evil as whatever they did to get there.
From this perspective, sending someone to jail is the worst thing that society can do: It not only destroys the life of the perpetrator but also creates a false sense of accomplishment, while ignoring the socioeconomic “root causes” of crime.
New York City has radically decriminalized “quality of life” offenses, from littering to public urination to fare evasion, largely on the principle that arresting people is never the answer. In the summer of 2020, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice boasted that “the number of New Yorkers held in New York City jails has plummeted, shrinking by 27 percent in 10 weeks, a steeper population decline than in all of last year,” bringing the city’s incarcerated population down to the lowest level since 1946.
This would be salutary if it reflected a falling crime rate, but the release en masse of prisoners, driven by concern about COVID-19, came at a moment when murders and shootings were rising more quickly than ever recorded before. When incarceration is conceptually decoupled from crime, politicians are free to boast about emptying jails.
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