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A police captain in New York blasted Democrat policies that have threatened the safety of residents as he addressed a mass shooting over the weekend.
Police Department Captain Frank Umbrino did not hold back at a Sunday press conference as he called out Democrats for bail reform and other failing policies in New York, The 30-year law enforcement veteran demanded accountability and said local lawmakers “don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“I’m not surprised by the violence that’s been taking place,” Umbrino said Sunday.
“You know, I’m going to get in trouble, probably, for this, but if I hear one more politician talk about what we need to do to stop the violence; we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that — quite frankly, I’m going to vomit. These people who say that have no idea what they are talking about,” the frustrated police captain added a day after the mass shooting that left two teenagers dead.
More than 40 rounds were fired at a party in Rochester on Saturday, injuring 14 people between the ages of 17 and 23 and killing Jarvis Alexander and Jaquayla Young, both age 19. Umbrino did not believe the two teens were targeted in the incident in the city that has been rocked by violent protests recently in response to the March death of Daniel Prude after his encounter with Rochester police.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve been involved in hundreds of homicide investigations here in the city of Rochester,” the captain said. “Do you know how many of those homicide investigations involved individuals that owned legally-registered handguns? Honestly, I can’t remember one that wasn’t justified or ruled as justified by a grand jury in which a suspect committed a murder with a legally owned handgun.”
Noting that New York has “some of the toughest gun laws in the country,” Umbrino called out the lack of enforcement.
“We have a lot of gun laws currently on the books that we don’t enforce. I shouldn’t say we don’t enforce — we enforce them, but you have individuals getting locked up for illegal hand guns, and being released from custody the next day,” Umbrino said of the current New York laws. “That’s disgusting. How does that happen?”
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“So, if anybody is surprised that there’s been an uptick in violence, since we don’t enforce the current gun laws that we have, I don’t know what to tell you. But those are the facts,” he continued.
“These politicians that wanna say we need more gun laws, we need this, we need that, do me a favor: just stop talking, because you really don’t know what you’re talking about,” the police captain said.
“Come and ask anybody that lives in these neighborhoods,” he added. “I’ve had conversations over the last three weeks with dozens of people who live in these neighborhoods … They don’t believe any of the stuff you’re saying. There needs to be accountability.”
He took direct aim at bail reform policies that the state’s Democrats have embraced.
“Bail reform, in my opinion — as a 30-year veteran in law enforcement, and working in the city of Rochester for the last 30 years — bail reform has a significant impact on the amount of crime and the uptick in crime that’s been occurring in our community and throughout New York state,” he said. “Look at the numbers. … the numbers are terrible. And anybody that says bail reform is not part of the blame in that is fooling themselves. And stop telling us that.”
The captain expressed that local residents have been frustrated with outsiders, telling him they are “sick and tired of what’s going on” and they want those outside of their neighborhoods to “get the hell out of our city and let us take care of our problems the way we need to take care of them.”
“It’s a tragedy, unfortunately, it’s another innocent person that’s gunned down for absolutely no good reason whatsoever, it’s heart-wrenching when you have innocent people getting killed,” Umbrino said. “I just hope, a month from now, everybody remembers their names.”
The full briefing can be seen in the WROC video below with relevant comments starting at the 12-minute-mark: