Sunday, 16 August 2020

'Law and Order. If NYCMayor can't do it, we will!: Trump threatens to intervene in the Big Apple as he lashes out at Bill de Blasio after another violent weekend saw 50 people shot and seven killed

President Trump has lashed out at New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio after a weekend of violence where at least 52 people were shot, leaving seven dead across the city. 
'Law and Order. If @NYCMayor can't do it, we will!' the president wrote on Twitter late on Sunday night. 
Data from the NYPD data shows 20 people were injured in 12 shooting incidents on Friday, another 23 wounded on Saturday in 20 separate shootings. On Sunday, nine people were shot.  
President Trump has lashed out at New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio after a weekend of violence in which at least 50 people were shot in various incidents across the city
President Trump has lashed out at New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio after a weekend of violence in which at least 50 people were shot in various incidents across the city
New York City continues to see an surge in violent shootings, with police recording shooting incidents involving 52 victims so far this weekend
New York City continues to see an surge in violent shootings, with police recording shooting incidents involving 52 victims so far this weekend
In the last five years the number of shootings fell to a low of 754 in 2018, but is now rising
Across the whole of last week, the NYPD says 69 people were victims of gun violence including 43 people shot on Friday and Saturday according to NBC News.  
Shooting incidents in the city have been up nearly triple for the last four weeks, compared to the same period of time last year. The statistics follow a pattern seen since June when shootings surged by 130 percent, as the coronavirus lockdown began to ease.  
During the month of July, there were 244 citywide shooting incidents, compared to 88 shooting incidents in July 2019, a +177% increase. 
For the entire year, up until the end of July, there has been a 72% spike in citywide shooting incidents with 772 incidents compared with 450 up to the same point in 2019. 
Murders have also risen 30 percent this summer compared to last year. 
There were 235 murders in the city for the first seven months of 2020 compared to 181 for the first seven months of 2019.
In July alone, there were 54 murders, compared to 34 killings last year. 
 Police leaders in the Big Apple have placed the blame squarely on de Blasio, citing his move to slash $1billion from the NYPD's budget, a new law that lets some defendants go free without posting bond and the release of thousands of prisoners from Rikers Island due to coronavirus concerns.   
In July, de Blasio championed a budget cut through the City Council which took $1billion away from the NYPD after bowing to pressure from Black Lives Matter protesters
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea
Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea have been at odds over what is to blame for the increase. In July, de Blasio championed a budget cut through the City Council which took $1billion away from the NYPD after bowing to pressure from Black Lives Matter protesters 
Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea have been at odds over what is to blame for the increase. Factors offered include slowdowns in the court system, gang activity and pent-up rage from being in lockdown. 
Some have suggested that a decision to shut down the NYPD's plainclothes anti-crime unit mid-June may have also contributed to the rise.   
In July, de Blasio championed a budget cut through the City Council which took $1billion away from the NYPD after bowing to pressure from Black Lives Matter protesters.  
It involved wiping more than 1,100 new cop jobs and disbanding a plain clothes anti-crime unit.  
Trump on Friday vowed to 'bring back our beloved New York' after NY State was ranked as having the worst economic outlook in the nation
Trump on Friday vowed to 'bring back our beloved New York' after NY State was ranked as having the worst economic outlook in the nation 
Trump's tweet on Sunday night came just days after he vowed to 'bring back our beloved New York City' if he wins the election after New York was ranked as having the worst economic outlook in the US and as crime and homelessness continue to rise.  
Trump tweeted: 'Vote for TRUMP on November 3rd. 
'I am going to bring our beloved New York back!' with a link to a New York Post story about the Rich States, Poor States rankings which put NY state 50th in the list of economic rankings across the country.
Trump's promise comes as crime in the city continues to rise, residents flee - abandoning their apartments in larger numbers than ever before - and homelessness continues to spread across the streets. 
It's not the first time Trump has called out a Democrat mayor over an increase in violence and unrest over protests stemming from George Floyd’s death in police custody. 
He is usually met with resistance from these mayors who insist that federal troops would only increase tensions in such cities, but the president is trying to position himself as the country’s law-and-order choice. 

NYPD crime scene tape near Prospect Park in Brooklyn where a fatal shooting occurred after a 47-year-old man was shot twice in the head near Parkside Avenue
NYPD crime scene tape near Prospect Park in Brooklyn where a fatal shooting occurred after a 47-year-old man was shot twice in the head near Parkside Avenue
NYPD Crime Scene Unit officers seen on near Prospect Park in Brooklyn
NYPD Crime Scene Unit officers seen on near Prospect Park in Brooklyn
Paul Pinkney, pictured, was paying his respects to slain neighbor Deshawn Reid when he was blasted twice in the head
Paul Pinkney, pictured, was paying his respects to slain neighbor Deshawn Reid when he was blasted twice in the head
While murders and shootings have surged, reports of other major crimes have fallen in recent months, the New York Times reports. 
The weekend's shooting began on Friday night when a man was seen firing indiscriminately into a crowd at an outdoor party at 112th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem. Two women and a man were hit, but all three were expected to survive. 
By early Saturday morning, at around 1am on West 128th Street in Harlem. A 30-year-old man died from a gunshot to the torso. 
Next, in Queens, a 28-year-old off-duty correction officer was shot in the head and died.
John Jeff, 28, was walking down a street in Jamaica, Queens around 3am when he was shot in the head and chest. 
The suspect then grabbed Jeff's department-issued gun out of his holster and used it to shoot him several times before taking off with the gun. 
At 10am, an unidentified man shot at a 40-year-old man in Grand Central Station following a dispute, according to police. 
Police released surveillance footage of the suspect, who fled the scene on foot westbound on East 42nd Street. 
An unidentified man shot a 40-year-old man in the arm in Grand Central on Saturday morning
An unidentified man shot a 40-year-old man in the arm in Grand Central on Saturday morning
An off-duty New York City correction officer was fatally shot after he left a party in Queens Saturday
An off-duty New York City correction officer was fatally shot after he left a party in Queens Saturday
Authorities say, John Jeff, 28, was walking down Ridgedale Street near DeFoe Street in Jamaica around 3an when he was shot in the head and chest.
Authorities say, John Jeff, 28, was walking down Ridgedale Street near DeFoe Street in Jamaica around 3an when he was shot in the head and chest.
The victim suffered an injury to his left arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. 
In Brooklyn a 28-year-old man was shot in the face just after 4pm on Saturday. 
Later, in the Prospect Lefferts area of Brooklyn, a 47-year-old male was left with two gunshot wounds to the head. He died soon afterwards. 
Paul Pinkney, was paying his respects to his slain neighbor Deshawn Reid when he was blasted twice in the head on the edge of the park about 2am. He was sitting on a bench when he was shot according to the New York Daily News.
By Saturday night, police in the Bronx were at the shooting of a 27-year-old man who was shot in the torso. He was taken to Jacobi Hospital where he died. 
An NYPD Crime Scene Unit is seen on near Prospect Park in Brooklyn where fatal shooting occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning
An NYPD Crime Scene Unit is seen on near Prospect Park in Brooklyn where fatal shooting occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning 
The New York City Police Department recorded at least 50 shooting victims by late Sunday
The New York City Police Department recorded at least 50 shooting victims by late Sunday 
Off-duty Corrections Officer John Jeff, 28, was walking down Ridgedale Street near DeFoe Street in Jamaica, Queens around 3am when he was shot in the head and chest
Off-duty Corrections Officer John Jeff, 28, was walking down Ridgedale Street near DeFoe Street in Jamaica, Queens around 3am when he was shot in the head and chest
Also in the borough, a further two separate shootings saw another three sent to hospital.
A 19-year-old male was shot in the neck around 4:30am in Morrisania. He was taken to transported to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
Another gun shot wound victim in the Bronx ended up walking into hospital with an injury to their right leg. 
At 4:30am a second shooting happened in the Pelham Bay area of the Bronx when a 26-year-old male was also shot in the back on Westchester Avenue. 
Also in the early hours of Sunday morning, officers attended a fourth fatal shooting near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
A 47-year-old man died after being shot twice in the head around 2am.  
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). 
A man was shot and killed Saturday night in Clason Point in the Bronx
A man was shot and killed Saturday night in Clason Point in the Bronx

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