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There have been 38 murders over the last 28 days, twice as much as the same period last year, according to NYPD stats as of up to June 14. So far this year, there have been 159 murders, which is 25% higher than last year, the stats show.This year's murder count is on par with New York's murder total five years ago and is well below the elevated murder totals of the decades before that, NYPD data shows.Shooting incidents in 2020 are also up, with 394 happening to date, a 24% increase from the 317 shooting incidents at this point last year."The uptick in violence, I haven't seen anything this bad in a long time," said a law enforcement official. "This is the worst I've seen it in six or seven years."The uptick in murders is tied to gang and drug activity, with drug dealers fighting over territory, another law enforcement official said. This week's crime stats were released as New York's criminal justice system adjusts to three seismic changes: the coronavirus pandemic, the effects of the state's bail reform law, and the mass protests opposed to police brutality and racism against black people spurred by the killing of George Floyd.In addition, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced a "seismic shift" in its culture Monday by disbanding its plainclothes anti-crime team and reassigning those 600 officers to other roles."What we always struggle with, I believe, as police executives, is not keeping crime down. It's keeping crime down and keeping the community with us, and I think those two things, at times, have been at odds," Shea said.NYPD finds no wrongdoing by Shake Shack employees after officers got sick from milkshakesThe coronavirus pandemic and its mass unemployment has hammered state and local tax revenue and is likely to lead to layoffs and spending cuts to New York City's budget. Combined with protesters' calls to "defund the police," the NYPD could see significant decreases in its budget in the coming year.Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he plans to move some funding from the NYPD to youth and social services.A group of city council members has proposed to cut $1 billion from the NYPD's nearly $6 billion budget. The mayor's press secretary says de Blasio "does not believe a $1 billion cut is the way to maintain safety."And on Tuesday, de Blasio announced a new policy requiring all body camera footage of incidents to be released in 30 days if a police firearm is discharged or if an officer's Taser or use of force causes death or great bodily harm.

Burglaries are up and robberies are down

The pandemic and New York's extended lockdown have left storefronts largely closed and caused many residents to flee the city, and the NYPD data shows a responding increase in burglaries and Read More – Source

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