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Portions of New York City remain under siege weeks after protests began following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as the NYPD continues to blast Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “light touch” approach to rioting.
Over the weekend, mayhem and violence rocked Harlem and other parts of the city, as the Police Benevolent Association tweeted video and images of the chaos.
“This is what a “light touch” looks like: Police officers responding to a shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this. @NYCMayor, @NYCSpeakerCojo and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city,” the union noted, ripping local Democrat leaders.
This is what a “light touch” looks like: Police officers responding to a shots fired job in Harlem last night were met with this. @NYCMayor, @NYCSpeakerCojo and company should be held responsible for surrendering our city. pic.twitter.com/R64BYTUhvY
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 28, 2020
The so-called ‘block party’ that NYPD officers discovered at around 4 a.m. when they arrived following a “ShotSpotter” alert Sunday was really just “complete lawlessness,” one cop told the New York Post, which added in an editorial that the scene is “fast becoming an apt description of much of the city.”
The Post noted (and the video above shows) that officers’ vehicles came under assault with bottles and other objects being thrown, causing them to retreat somewhat.
“The NYPD showed tremendous restraint, perhaps too much — retreating vans down Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and avoiding arrests or injuries as it dispersed the mob over several hours. How many innocents were at risk in the interim? And how are police to reverse the surge in shootings when they meet this kind of reception?” The Post editorial noted.
The paper added in a separate report that 11 people were shot over a 12-hour span Sunday night and early Monday morning, another sign that the city is becoming more violent.
“The spree of gunfire brought the number of shootings since Monday to 59, with a total 81 people shot, including six murders,” the second report noted. “By comparison, there were nine murders but just 26 shootings for the entire week during the same time last year, sources said.”
Similar scenes are playing out in other major American cities in what no longer seems related to Floyd’s death in May.
In Chicago, parts of which have been violence-prone historically, spikes in shootings and murders are being seen as well.
As protests turned to wanton violence and destruction in late May, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot came under fire from members of Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus, who decried her use of about 375 Illinois National Guard troops to help city cops restore order and to block off the central business district.
Democratic 10th Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowski-Garza became emotional in pleading for Lightfoot’s assistance. “My ward is a s**t show. They are shooting at the police,” she said.
But things have not improved in the Windy City. Over the weekend, 13 people were shot and killed in Chicago, with another 40 wounded by gunfire — an uptick in violence in portions of the city that were already violent.
As for New York City, the Post noted that there were other, more “mundane” indicators that things are getting worse in the Big Apple. They include attacks on barricades that close roads under de Blasio’s “open streets” initiative.
“Drivers blowing through those barricades are plainly putting innocents at risk while showing utter contempt for the law,” the Post editorial added. “As are the people shooting off fireworks at all hours of the night, with cops evidently ordered not to interfere.”
“The city seems not only to be increasingly out of control, but to be led by ‘authorities’ who don’t care (or dare) to restore basic order. New York has recovered from far worse — but only after choosing leadership committed to putting public safety first,” the Post added.
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