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Mayor and Police Respond to Uptick In Shootings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A NYPD cruiser parked at the corner of Murray and Church streets in lower Manhattan. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city's police force is zeroing in on the sites of 23 shootings this past weekend.

But the mayor told a news conference at City Hall on Monday that the spate of violence that took two lives does not reflect New York's general crime trend. De Blasio noted that crime in general is down about 3 percent so far this year compared to 2013. And there were 26 fewer murders this year.

However, shootings are up by 12 percent. Two young men died Sunday in upper Manhattan after a gunman got out of his car and opened fire.

The mayor says Police Commissioner William Bratton is making sure that wherever there's an uptick in shootings, additional police officers will move in quickly.

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Helen from Brooklyn

Yes, stop and frisk works but civil rights must be protected. Gun control is one of many answers. No guns and then we return to old fashioned fist fights. Better police training! Education, jobs, decent affordable housing! Role models, recreation centers would also help.

I am old enough to remember the old days when New Yorkers were afraid of the streets at night and never walked into Central or Prospect Parks.

Aug. 20 2014 07:21 AM
vandam from nyc

Stop and frisk works, get over it. But it must be regulated to protect civil rights. No gun? No problem.

Aug. 19 2014 09:46 PM
Kim from NYC

Maybe you are thinking it, but I am certainly not thinking it. Stop and Frisk is racial profiling- clear and simple. They need to find a better way.

Aug. 19 2014 01:09 PM
Duke from NYC

Why don't we just come out and say it. Everyone is thinking it but are afraid of being politically incorrect.
Yes, "Stop & Frisk" works.

Aug. 19 2014 10:39 AM

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