President Trump mocked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter Sunday for telling city residents to enjoy the day amid intensified crime.
“But people don’t want to be attacked, beaten or killed. Let the best in New York (who proudly supported me!) Do their job. Summarize the crime team and fire the police. They’ll bring security back to New York, FAST. !!! ” President wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The mayor had tweeted a note of cheer the day before.
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The New York Police Department recently marked a 25-year peak in gunshots as violent crime continues to plague the city, officials said last week.
Commissioner Dermot Shea, the top cop in the NYPD, said 160 gun arrests were made between August 31 and last Sunday.
“We hit our 25-year high of gun arrests last week, the most gun arrests we’ve made in a week in 25 years,” he told 1010 WINS.
The news came after 23 shootings – two fatal – that took place over the holiday weekend. Victims of the shootings include a 6-year-old boy, his mother and three others who were shot and wounded while celebrating J’Ouvert, a Caribbean culture festival, in Brooklyn on Monday.
Shea noted that 436 firearm arrests were made over a 28-day period ending on September 6, a sharp increase from 320 in the same period last year, according to the New York Post. He partly attributed the rise in gun-related crimes to bail reform and the closure of courts.
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An analysis by the newspaper revealed that the clearance rate for shootings dropped from over 30% to around 20%.