“We are the safest big city in America,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview with MSNBC. “We will continue to be.”
Mayor’s statement doesn’t reflect the reality in the big apple. Shootings are up 75% this February compared to last. Police sources say there have been 160 shootings this year, with 173 victims, compared to the 115 shootings and 131 victims reported during the same timeframe in 2020.
“It’s important to set a foundation here that even though we experienced some real challenges in 2020, particularly with gun violence,” continued de Blasio. “In fact, if you look at all of the numbers, overall crime decreased in 2020,” he said during a news conference Thursday. He outlined not only how overall crime had decreased, but also how police responses are now about “deepening the tie between police and community, deepening neighborhood policing.”