Andrew Cuomo, Eric Adams Target New York City’s Rising Gun Crime

Andrew Cuomo, Eric Adams Target New York City’s Rising Gun Crime

Wednesday’s appearance provided another opportunity for Mr. Adams—a former New York Police Department captain and currently Brooklyn borough president—to promote his vision for how Democrats can seize public safety as an issue during a period of rising crime. Mr. Adams also met this week with President Biden, who is working to counter rising crime in American cities amid criticism from Republicans who contend that Democrats have failed to sufficiently respond. Mr. Adams said Wednesday that it was important to make clear that crimes would have consequences and to focus resources on preventing crimes motivated by poverty. “Give those young people who are carrying a gun the real services they need and identify the services beforehand. You have to have intervention and prevention,” Mr. Adams said. There have been 803 shooting incidents in New York City so far this year, up from 623 incidents during the same period in 2020 and 389 incidents during the same time in 2019, according to NYPD data. There have been 225 homicides this year in the city, an increase of 5% from 2020 and 37% from 2019, according to the NYPD. Violent crime and homicides have increased in many major U.S. cities this year. Philadelphia police reported 284 homicides as of this week, a 31% increase from the same period last year, and Los Angeles police reported 185 homicides through July 3, an increase of 24% from 2020. In Chicago, the number of homicides this year is down slightly. New York Police Commissioner Dermot […]

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