New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are calling for an investigation if there is an NYPD work stoppage and to what extent crime has risen as a result.
The allegations of a widespread slowdown have been borne out by a nearly doubling of shootings over the summer and news reports of an upward trend in NYPD response times for crimes in progress, they said. “There is a perception among members of the public, as well as elected officials, that rising violence in the city can be attributed to a work slowdown, but the reality matters more than the perception,” Torres said.
“The NYPD is making fewer gun arrests, is solving fewer gun cases and responding more slowly to gun crimes in progress.” Torres and Adams said some NYPD officers may be protesting local and state reforms that have been passed in the wake of mass demonstrations surrounding the murder of George Floyd.
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