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President Joe Biden is said to be traveling to New York City on Thursday in order to address the scourge of violent crime in the city with Mayor Eric Adams.
The president’s visit comes on the heels of two young NYPD officers, Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora, being mourned by thousands at two funerals only days apart. The partners were ambushed upon responding to a domestic disturbance call in Harlem in late January.
Senior administration officials said that some of the strategies to be discussed are Biden’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy for gun dealers who violate the law, more support for local law enforcement, more programs for teenagers and young adults, and initiatives to help formerly incarcerated individuals “successfully reenter their communities,” Fox News reported.
“New Yorkers feel as if a sea of violence is engulfing our city. But as your mayor, I promise you, I will not let this happen. We will not surrender our city to the violent few,” Adams said at City Hall on Monday. “Gun violence is a public health crisis. There’s no time to wait. We must act.”
During his campaign, Adams said that he believes there should be a “coordinated effort between the president, the governor and the mayor to go after the flow of guns in our city.” A retired police captain, Adams said he will bring back a new version of the plain-clothes anti-gun unit that former Mayor Bill de Blasio had nixed. Adams has said in the past that he believes he has a “true ally in the White House,” and touted Biden’s record, tweeting last month that he “knows what it takes to keep our streets safe.”
Biden’s Department of Justice has also announced a new directive to every U.S. attorney’s office nationwide to “increase resources dedicated to district-specific violent crime strategies.”
The DOJ said they will work with state and local law enforcement to address the “most significant drivers of violence in each district,” including to “get repeat gun violence offenders off our streets,” and added that New York City’s Gun Violence Strategic Partnership, which Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland will reportedly discuss on Thursday with Adams, is “one model of the strategies Justice will help expand nationwide.”
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They also plan to address what is being called the “iron pipeline,” a supposed chain of illegal transfers of weapons up the East Coast and throughout cities such as Baltimore and NYC.
The DOJ will also launch a “National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative,” which they describe as a strategy that will “train a national cadre of prosecutors and disseminate investigation and prosecution tools to help bring cases against those who use ghost guns to commit crimes.”
“The president is committed to serving as a strong partner for communities on the frontlines of the fight against crime,” the White House said, noting that the American Rescue Plan provides “historic levels of funding” for cities and states so that they can “put more cops on the beat and invest in community-based violence prevention and intervention programs.”
Fox News reported that New York City saw 485 people murdered last year, which is a slight increase from 2020. It also experienced a sharp rise in alleged hate crimes and an increase in almost all categories of major crimes. Additionally, subway crimes are up 65 percent so far in 2022.
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