The New York Police Department released new surveillance video of the brutal attack on a campaign volunteer for mayoral candidate Eric Adams just two days before the Democratic primary, as crime rates skyrocket across the city.
The victim, 42, was stabbed in broad daylight on Morris Street in the Bronx around 2:30 p.m.
The stabbing comes as crime rates soar following the “Defund the Police” movement that ignited last year.
The surveillance video obtained by WNBC-TV captures the altercation as the suspect in the white wife beater and red bandana can be seen grabbing and repeatedly stabbing the victim, who remains unnamed. The suspect continued stabbing the victim even after he collapsed behind a parked car on the street.
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In New York City, the overall crime rate is up 22 percent from the same time last year. The city has seen a 46.7 percent increase in robbery, a 35.6 percent increase in grand larceny, a 20.5 percent increase in felony assault and shooting incidents are up 73 percent.
More police officers have left the force with resignations up 18 percent and retirements up 45 percent as officers experience less support from lawmakers, superiors, and the community and the revocation of qualified immunity in NYC makes it more difficult for them to do their job.
The alleged stabber and an accomplice can be more clearly seen in earlier footage from just before the attack. The accomplice was wearing a grey sweatshirt that read “Privilege”.
Following the brutal stabbing, the suspects reportedly fled southbound while the victim was treated for a punctured lung at Lincoln Medical Center on Sunday and is now reportedly in stable condition. A knife and ice pick were found left at the scene according to the New York Post.
Mayoral candidate Adams previously worked as a New York Police Department captain and is currently Brooklyn borough president.
Adams, who visited the victim over the weekend, said he would visit the hospital a second time to try to convince him to work with the police. The candidate said that the victim was previously upfront about his own criminal past which included fifty arrests.
“When I met him he said, ‘I have a long criminal record. I’ve done horrible things in my life, I’m homeless. I’ve had a real bad life,’” Adams recalled.
Adams continued, saying that the campaign did not vet the victim because “He was a volunteer. He was not a staffer. He came off the streets and he wanted help.”
Despite his past, Adams maintains that the man has not had any involvement with law enforcement since 2017.
The candidate said he hopes that the attack was not related to the mayoral campaign and cited the importance of the NYPD’s thorough investigation and of technology in public protection.
“He was just extremely eager about being out every day, and we’re really disappointed [with] what happened. Thank God he’s alive, and we’re praying for his recovery,” Adams told Fox 5.
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