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Long accustomed to keeping a wary eye out for potential rapists while walking the streets of New York City at night, women living in the Big Apple are now having to apply the same caution while strolling the streets even during the day.
The reason why is because of an upsurge in attempted sexual assaults and rapes happening in broad daylight.
Most recently, a criminal suspect ran up to a woman from behind, tackled her to the grand and then “reached into her shorts and forcibly touched her,” according to the New York City Police Department.
At first, the victim just lay there, either stunned or possibly knocked out. After about 12 to 13 seconds, she started fighting back, prompting the suspect to flee.
The attack happened at around 8:10 pm this past Monday in Brooklyn, about 20 minutes before sunset.
See surveillance footage of the attack below (*Graphic content warning):
🚨WANTED for FORCIBLE TOUCHING: Do you know this guy? On 6/28/21 at approx 8:10 PM, in front of 361 Stagg St in Brooklyn, the suspect tackled a 35-year-old female, reached into her shorts and forcibly touched her. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/HNYkIJpGQR
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 1, 2021
The brazen attack wasn’t the first of its kind.
Weeks earlier, another suspect ran up to a woman from behind, grabbed her throat with both hands, pushed her against a storefront grate, and tried to rape her, according to local station WABC.
The victim managed to break free, at which point the suspect fled.
The attack happened at around 7:00 am in Midtown Manhattan, nearly two hours after sunrise.
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But it’s not just rapes and sexual assaults that are plaguing the Big Apple. So is every form of crime, from mere vandalism all the way up to attempted murder.
In mid-June, a criminal suspect opened fire on a 24-year-old man in broad daylight and in front of two children who’d simply been walking by the victim.
Surveillance footage from the horrific ordeal showed the older of the two children, Mia, 13, desperately trying to shield her 5-year-old brother, Christian, from the gunfire as the perpetrator recklessly began spraying his weapon in the victim’s direction.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 19, 2021
Locals have taken note of the spike in violence, and some are responding by moving.
“Catherine Deng said she plans to move because the neighborhood is getting too dangerous,” local station WCBS reported after the sexual assault Monday.
A Brooklyn resident, Deng said that “it’s just gotten real bad” crime-wise.
Another local, Dena Pecorella, concurred.
“It’s sad that you can’t walk anywhere and be comfortable enough to walk and not worry that someone is going to attack you,” she told the station.
This sentiment can also be seen on social media:
So we gotta be scared to walk alone at night and during the day ?! Smh
— Catherine (@_CoolKidsss) July 1, 2021
Broad daylight. This is what defund the police gets you!
— Don (@DonaldRoyMosle1) July 2, 2021
In broad daylight. NO ONE is safe in this country. Thank you, Obiden Admin
— Carey (@Carey32337481) July 1, 2021
Both women told WCBS that they wish there were more police officers patrolling their neighborhoods. Whether or not this will actually happen seems entirely dependent on the results of the NYC mayoral primary election.
Whoever wins the Democrat primary is expected to easily win the general election in November, meaning their policies — be they pro-police or anti-police — will govern the city for the next four years.
As of July 2nd, former NYPD officer Eric Adams was still in the lead, though only marginally.
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) June 30, 2021
The election happened on June 22nd, but because of NYC’s ranked-choice voting system, it’s taking longer than usual for the final results to be determined.
The good news is that the candidate closely in second place, Kathryn Garcia, also opposes defunding the police. The bad news is that the candidate currently in third place, Maya Wiley, is a far-left “progressive” who does want to defund the police.
“I’m going to take a billion dollars from the New York City Police Department and shift that money to create trauma-informed care in our schools, because when we do that violence goes down and graduation rates go up,” she’s vowed.
She’s also a hypocrite who, despite wanting to defund the police for others, has no qualms about using private security to protect her own home:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 7, 2021
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