But Democrats Always Work for the Little Guy

Just ask them, and they will tell you that. De Blasio downplayed dire extent of NYCHA lead poisoning issue, records reveal

Because actually fixing the problem sometime in the past 40 years or so would have cost money, and while they like to pretend they care about the little guy, they really care a lot more about money and power.

Newly surfaced documents reveal damning details about the scale and scope of what NYCHA knew of its serious lead issues in housing units with kids — all while Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the health crisis.

Local Health Department inspectors found lead in 222 NYCHA apartments across 93 developments — more than a quarter of all complexes citywide — between 2010 and 2018, according to records that City Hall only produced after The Post sued it under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

So public health, and government transparency. What other things do New York Democrats not care about?

Tell Me Again Why de Blasio Thinks Cops Have Time to Enforce Dining Restrictions

So why would you want to live in NYC if this could happen? Man sitting in car shot in head as bullets fly in NYC on Labor Day weekend

Five people were shot in the Big Apple on Sunday — including a man killed while sitting next to his wife in a car in Queens — as gun violence continued to plague the city, police said.

Of course de Blasio wants cops to enforce COVID-19 dining restrictions. Because crime is all under control. Or maybe not.

The Labor Day weekend violence continued the summer spike in shootings. There were 242 shootings recorded in August, up from 91 last year, police figures show.

So a 166 percent increase in shootings, but de Blasio apparently doesn’t think that is where cops should be focusing their attention.

To paraphrase Ronald Weasley, from Harry Potter, he needs to sort out his priorities.

Shootings Up in NYC

crime scene tapeSomehow I am sure de Blasio will try to blame this on Trump. NYC Crime Surge Continues: Shootings Up 166% in August Compared to 2019

For the month of August 2020, there was 242 shooting incidents across the city compared to the same time period last year when the city saw 91 shooting incidents, according to data

Hey, if you don’t want police protection, then you won’t get police protection.

No mention of the fact that NYC forced NYPD to eliminate the plain-clothed divisions that apparently did more to reduce crime than de Blasio and his hangers-on realized.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the highest ranking uniformed officer, disputes the slowdown accusations. Instead, he attributes the rise in violence to other factors such as 2,000 fewer officers patrolling the streets every week

Literally thousands of officers have retired from NYPD in 2020.

What Happens When You Don’t Have Police Protection?

The breakdown of law and order should not be a surprise. Family say husband, 33, was paralyzed by stray bullet because cops have fled the area in Brooklyn and now only patrol nearby Prospect Park – as 25-year-old woman is killed by another stray bullet amid soaring NYC gun violence.

And the powers that be in New York City have decreed no police shall do anything that is in the least bit offensive to the criminals. The regular law-abiding citizens can pound sand. Mayor de Blasio is trying to make points with Anitfa and BLM.

  • Sam Metcalfe, 33, was left paralyzed by a stray bullet in Brooklyn Wednesday
  • His family claims the cops have abandoned the area and ‘aren’t doing anything’ to stop violence
  • They accused NYPD of only patrolling nearby Prospect Park and questioned why they were not seen immediately responding in video of the shooting
  • At least four people have been hit by a stray bullet in NYC since Metcalfe
  • Two were shot fatally, including a 25-year-old mother of three in the Bronx

So what do you want to the police to do? Show up and make arrests? Patrol areas in the hope of reducing crime? That can happen, but it has been made clear that the powers that be don’t want that to happen. And when someone is arrested, what then? Hold them in jail? Long prison terms? What?

Law and order is not something that happens on its own, and the Democrats in NY, in the legislature, in the courts, wherever, have been working hard to dismantle it for the past year or more.

As Long As She Had a Good Reason

If you put this in a novel or a movie, people would say it is not realistic. NYC assault suspect misses court date because she was allegedly stabbing woman.

A woman who was sent for mental health treatment instead of to prison for a pair of assaults failed to appear in court for a status update this week — because she was allegedly stabbing someone to death, The Post has learned.

But putting dangerous people in jail is unfair, or something. It was certainly unfair to her latest victim.

So how is all that Criminal Justice System reform working out?

Bulletproof Vests: The Hot New Fashion Item in NYC

Because people aren’t safe on the streets of NYC. Bulletproof vest sales soar amid surge in NYC shootings.

Midtown dealer Brad Pedell — who runs 221B Tactical — claims sales of body armor are up 80 percent this year compared with 2019 due to the “unrest” in the city and nationwide. [SNIP]

A Manhattan woman who bought a vest declined to discuss her decision, texting, “I am a private citizen and I keep a low profile.”

People are especially concerned in Bronx and and Brooklyn, or if they, or their relatives, work there. Shootings have “skyrocketed.” Click thru for more, including an interview with “The Amazing Kreskin.”

People in New York are waking up to the fact that the policies and politicians that they voted for are not really working. The Liberals, de Blazio and Cuomo in particular, with help from the legislature in Albany, are doing everything they can to destroy safety in NYC. The real question is will they remember that when it comes time to vote? I’m not optimistic.

The Breakdown of Civilization Continues

What kind of monster does this to another human being? Teen dies after being set on fire, stabbed in NYC apartment building.

The 18-year-old victim, identified by police as Winston Ortiz, was stabbed three times and then doused with gasoline and set aflame with a match on the fifth floor of 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge at about 3 p.m.

He lived long enough to make it to the hospital, before he died a while later.

Then there is the homeless population. Homeless man arrested for pushing 7-year-old girl to the ground in NYC.

Police arrested a homeless man Thursday for pushing a 7-year-old girl on Staten Island because he didn’t like the look her mother gave him, police and sources said.

But we are supposed to be “compassionate” to the homeless, because they aren’t a threat in any way. Except to 7 year-old girls, apparently.

Will The Last Person to Leave New York City…

Turn out the lights. A mad rush for the exits as New York City goes down the tubes.

Moving companies are crazy busy, even though COVID-19 seems be on its way out. So people are not just trying to flee the virus.

One likely reason: The virus was but the last straw; New Yorkers are fed up with the shootings and lootings, homelessness on the streets, sub-par online schools, sky-high taxes and the sheer obliviousness of pols like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

I hope they remember that they didn’t like the liberal policies of de Blasio and Cuomo, and that they don’t vote for the same policies and the same types of politicians in their new locations. But I’m not optimistic.

City and state officials have fueled crime, setting inmates at jails and prisons free and handcuffing cops, and they refuse to do anything meaningful to roll it back. Prosecutors, too, are declining to prosecute. Judges are letting suspects walk.

Last month, Bronx Criminal Court Judge Jeanine Johnson released an illegal-immigrant rape suspect, on no bail.

So what is the result of all those social-justice-motivated actions? Gun violence shot up 177% in July, NYPD says.

There were 244 shootings in July in New York City this year. There were 88 shooings in July of 2019.

Murders increased 59 percent for the month over July 2019 with 54 versus 34. The number of burglaries also rose to 1,297 over 989, a 39 percent increase. The number of auto thefts shot up to 892 from 583 or 53 percent citywide.

The Post article also makes reference to “mediocre schools.” So what are the benefits of paying the high taxes in New York City?

Seems more people are asking themselves that question. NYC moms fleeing Upper West Side amid crime and chaos. (Hat tip for that link to The Other McCain.)

Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side, including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies and registered sex offenders, longtime dwellers are departing the Big Apple with no plans to ever return.

The question, in a detailed form is…

“It’s this slow slide,” [Elizabeth Carr] said. “How can families stay here? Does the city want families to stay?”

The answer to that question is apparently, “No!”

People are having trouble finding brokers for real estate in once-desirable areas because the slide is so fast. Carr, a non-profit exec, is moving permanently to North Carolina.

Others seem to think that mayor de Blasio actually has a “vendetta” against the demographic that is leaving the city. (Their word, vendetta, not mine.)

Allison Eden, 50, a married [Upper West Side] mother of two teens, just listed her gut-renovated West End Avenue apartment of 22 years. “I don’t want to leave,” she said. “But I don’t feel like I have a choice now. How do I let my children cross the street when homeless people are shooting up?

“As a parent, this isn’t the place I once knew. I feel like NYC is disappearing so fast and no one’s doing anything,” said the tile manufacturer, who drags her two boys to work with her so they’re not fending for themselves outside alone.

So what happens to the city if all the gainfully employed leave?

Crime Statistics

Second City Cop has More Math. It will only hurt for a minute.

New York City and Los Angeles compared to Chicago. The numbers are a little staggering.

Which means you are 6X more likely to be shot in Chicago than in LA or 11X more likely to be shot in Chicago than in NYC.

Those are when you compare the numbers per 100,000 of population. Which is the only way to compare two cities like New York and Chicago.

New York City Crime: More Shootings Than in All of 2019

Because we don’t need law and order. NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019.

A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.

NYPD is not able or willing to do anything in a lot of cases. With 5 months left in the year things are going to be bad in the Big Apple.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

That means that every single time there is a shooting in New York City, it’s an increase over last year.

No Crime Reduction awards…

Big City Violence

Does anyone have a plan?

First let’s look at New York. Man shot dead outside his Queens apartment, capping a night of bloodshed across the city.

4 murders in 12 hours… that rate beats Chicago’s average…

As of July 26, cops have seen a 29% jump in homicides across the five boroughs, from 176 this time last year to 227, officials said.

The NYPD has also seen a 73% jump in shootings, from 431 to 745, officials said.

Speaking of Chicago… Shootapalooza Weekend.

While the festival may have been cancelled much to the chagrin of suburban 20-somethings looking to get shitfaced and partake in an expensive ambulance ride to Northwestern, Shootapalooza is a go and always puts in a solid audition for the headliner weekend of the year.

Click thru for the totals…

And while not in the same league as Chicago… July’s gun violence worries Columbus police. That would be Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus has had 75 homicides so far in 2020, with more than 41% of those occurring in June and July.

“Things have literally just exploded,” said Deputy Chief Tim Becker.

July was the second straight month in 2020 with higher than normal homicide rates. Fourteen homicides happened in June, two of which involved juvenile victims. That month saw a 40% increase from June 2019 and a 133% increase over the six homicides that occurred in June 2018.

And not so large cities. Cleveland, Ohio. 11 people shot in Cleveland over 11-hour period, including pregnant woman & 15-year-old boy.

That story says no one died, but other articles say that the unborn child did not survive.

Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis police renew call for help from public as homicides accumulate in 2020.

As of Friday, 160 people have been killed in Memphis this year.

That compares to 2018, the last year for which complete data is available from the FBI, in which there were 186 murders for the entire year.

I’ve written before that I don’t have a plan. We know that Broken Windows can reduce crime rates, but it was handled so ineptly and with such disregard for civil liberties in New York City, that it is just not an option today. But then I don’t know what is. We’ve seen that reductions in police presence leads to an increase in lawlessness. No one should be surprised at that outcome, BTW. Hobbes published a book that dealt with exactly that topic in 1651. And from the insane things being said by the Mayor of Chicago, I’m pretty sure the mayors don’t have a plan either.

New York’s Recipe for More Crime

Not that the NYC powers-that-be will admit that. De Blasio Says Releasing Criminals Made NYC Safer (But Violent Crime Grew By 250%).

On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio bragged about releasing criminals onto the city’s streets to combat coronavirus and claimed the city is safer for it.

But there is another side to tuning criminals out on the street.

The Post also reported shootings were up 205% in June in New York City compared to a year earlier.

That’s just shootings, not all of violent crime. (Hat tip to Wombat-socho.)

Now They Want More Police

Because fewer police mean more crime. Mayor de Blasio doesn’t seem to grasp that. Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike.

A 1-year-old was killed in a shooting in NYC. But before that, the 600 person, Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded, and officers either promoted to detective or sent out on uniformed patrol. Oh, and the NYPD budget was cut by $1 billion, with a “B.”

Okay, so here is what people are saying.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American voices calling for action on gun violence, criticized the police force’s decision to completely disband the unit. He deplored the recent deadly shooting of a one-year-old, one of the victims of New York City’s recent spike in gun violence.

“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said, CBS New York reported. “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”

Tony Herbert, an activist in New York’s black community, agreed and lamented the rise in violence, criticizing New York officials for their failure to address the situation.

Here are the statistics.

The city’s murder rate for the month ending June 7 has more than doubled from the same period last year, and shooting victims have increased by 45 percent. Meanwhile, arrests for illegal gun possession have dropped dramatically, with only 29 people arrested during the week that ended July 5, down from 70 during the same week last year, according to NYPD data.

Central Park Karen Back in the News

Sort of. Woman Criminally Charged For 911 Call Claiming Black Man Was Threatening Her.

Manhattan, NY – The white woman who called police in hysterics claiming that an “African American man” threatened her in Central Park in May has been charged for allegedly filing a false police report.

I have little sympathy for someone who tried to sick the cops on a black man, because he asked her to obey the law.

No One Is Responsible

That is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s position, anyway. And Atlanta’s mayor is still calling the riots “mostly largely peaceful.” Gun violence kills 160 as holiday weekend exposes tale of ‘two Americas’.

This article doesn’t just deal with Chicago, but I will start there.

But Chicago saw the worst violence in one of the bloodiest holiday weekends in recent memory, ending with 17 people fatally shot including a seven-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and 63 more wounded, an increase of five shootings on the high figures that had marred the holiday weekend the previous year.

Despite an effort that included an additional 1,200 officers on the streets and pleas from the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, for residents not to reverse limited progress that had been made against the epidemic of gun violence, Lightfoot lamented the children whose “hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun”.

That’s right, the fault lies in an inanimate object, not in the person who pulled the trigger, not in that person who killed 7-year-old Natalia Wallace in front of her grandmother’s house, but in an inanimate object.

The shooting death of an eight-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, in Atlanta, prompted the mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, to call for justice while noting the shadow such street violence casts over the huge and largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

Largely peaceful? She must not have been watching the same news footage I was.

There is more. Escalating carnage in New York City. More of the same in Philadelphia. And platitudes, but very little in the way of a plan.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – Black-on-Black Crime Explodes in the Wake of #BlackLivesMatter Protests, which he calls “entirely predictable.”

Democrats can’t blame white racist cops for this, so they don’t care.

Crime In NYC and LA

I pick on Chicago too much, but they make it so damn easy. So let’s look farther afield.

First up, New York. Murders continue to surge in NYC with 38 killings in the last four weeks.

It isn’t just murders that are up.

Burglaries have climbed citywide by 47% for the year so far, with 6,595 incidents versus 4,480 in the same period in 2019.

Auto thefts continued a year-long trend of increases with more than 60% over the same period in 2019.

And LA. LAPD: Homicides Up 250% In First Week Of June.

A tweet from the LAPD says between May 31 and June 6, homicides were up 250% compared to the previous week. The number of victims who had been shot jumped 56% in the same week.

Maybe some of that is due to relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown. They don’t cite figures from prior years.

Hat tip to Bloviating Zeppelin and You want no cops? You just may get it.

America: you’re about to get the kind of law enforcement you deserve. And demand. You’re demanding it now.

None.

He has details about stuff in Atlanta, Denver, and Seattle.

New York Descends Into Chaos

And no one seems to care. 11 people shot across NYC in less than 12 hours as shootings spike.

Bill de Blazio is busy signalling how much he hates Trump. But we’ll get to that.

11 shootings in 12 hours is a lot. Especially by the standards of NYC for the past decade or so.

The spree of gunfire brought the number of shootings since Monday to 59, with a total 81 people shot, including six murders.

By comparison, there were nine murders but just 26 shootings for the entire week during the same time last year, sources said.

What is de Blazio doing about it? Not much. De Blasio’s performance grows worse by the day, making NYC unlivable: Goodwin.

New York faced 9/11 and came back strong. They turned Times Square from a den of iniquity to a tourist destination for families. They kept their economy thriving, until now.

New York has had its share of corrupt and incompetent mayors, but never has it had one who is both of those and also a lazy bum.

With restaurants wanting to know the rules for reopening, de Blasio diddled until the last minute. Their survival was at stake, but he couldn’t be bothered.

What’s the plan for schools in the fall? Good question, but don’t ask the mayor. He hasn’t gotten around to that yet.

Besides, the issue only involves a million students, their families, teachers, coaches, principals and administrators. They must wait for the chief political popinjay to bestir himself.

He is painting “Black Lives Matter” on streets including in front of Trump Tower, because why not. Actually running the city isn’t fun.

Crime is soaring — murder is up 25 percent — and de Blasio responds by vowing to cut the police budget.

The aim is not to do more with less. It is to get the cops to do less. This is a death wish.

For weeks, illegal fireworks have exploded through the night, and a 3-year-old Bronx boy is among the injured innocents. Thousands of complaints pour in, to which the mayor shrugs and says cops and firefighters “have many other things” to do.

Police are quitting in droves, and nobody should blame them. Would you risk your life to enforce the law under this mayor?

And they are retiring. 272 uniformed NYPD cops file for retirement after George Floyd death. A 49 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.

History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

But there is a difference. In the 1980s, Wall Street traders were still on the street. Open Outcry Auctions were a 19th Century information processing system that mostly worked, and are mostly not needed today. Crowding into the city made some kind of sense in the 1980s. As the whole COVID-19 work-remotely effort has shown, you don’t need to crowd into Manhattan every day, and the COVID-19 rates seem to show that you don’t want to anyway. Small shops have been going out of business for sometime, because Amazon will deliver it to you later today. Or whatever. And now the restaurants are following them, because of social distancing.

I never liked NYC, but then I haven’t been there in decades. I see no reason to go now.

If you do want to live there, you can buy a 4 bedroom house in Queens for less than $900,000 but you will probably have to tear it down due to the mold. NYC house selling for $828K has the scariest listing photos ever.

When the Right Party is in Power, They Get a Pass

NYC’s mayor is a Democrat, so no one cares about the crime numbers. Murder is rising — but New York doesn’t seem to care.

This isn’t an aberration coming off a good spring. For the year, murder is up 25 percent. If these rates hold, New York would end 2020 with an increase in murders twice as high as we’ve seen since 1990.

And no, it mostly isn’t domestic violence, involving people cooped up. Over the past month, we have seen 13 classic street murders in a few blocks around Brownsville: drive-by shootings, stabbing fights. Over the weekend, 19-year-old Tyanna Johnson died in a Bronx park, likely the innocent victim of a drive-by.

So all the extra dead New Yorkers just don’t matter as much as supporting CHAZ, and applauding The Cuomo Brothers Comedy Routine. Which de Blazio does.

New York’s Recipe For More Crime

The video is infuriating. Elderly victim shoved by brute ‘fearful to walk the streets alone’.

A 31-year-old creep punches a 91-year-old lady in the head for no reason. Violent criminals don’t need a reason to be violent criminals.

Geraldine hit her head on a fire hydrant and started bleeding, she said. A passerby saw the assault, called 911 and an ambulance rushed her to nearby Beth Israel Hospital, she said.

The former teacher said her physical wounds were relatively minor and have since healed — but the mental toll has been much more severe.

As for the guy in question.

Brimmage was busted by cops Tuesday and charged with assault after investigators recognized him from video footage of the attack, authorities said.

The frequent offender has now been arrested 103 times since 2005 for petty crimes and sex offenses, sources said.

The creep was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012, then arrested for two sex offenses in 2014, police sources said.

And with all of that he is walking down the street free to punch an old lady in the head. Click thru and see the video. I’m sure he thought he was a bad-ass striking a blow for some worthy cause. Click thru and watch video; it is only a few seconds. If she hit her head just a bit harder on the fire hydrant, he might be facing murder charges. As it is, his punishment won’t be enough.

Hat tip to The Other McCain who notes, We Found Another Joe Biden Voter.

What Happens When You Turn Criminals Loose?

You get more crime. Shock: Here’s What’s Happened After NYC Released Hundreds of Inmates from Rikers.

I can’t even work up an, “I’m shocked – Shocked!…” response, because absolutely no one is shocked. Except perhaps Mayor de Blasio.

Hundreds of inmates were released from Riker’s Island in New York City to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the prison. Officials knew the risks. And those fears have been realized, hundreds of times. New reporting from Melissa Russo reveals that at least 250 prisoners out of the 2,500 who were released early have gone on to commit at least 450 more crimes.

But hey. New Yorkers are soooo much smarter than you. Just ask them. (Hat tip to Daley Gator.)