Mayhem broke loose in New York City on Saturday, as at least one person was killed and 17 were injured in shooting incidents that occurred during a 12-hour period, according to Fox News.
The events in the Big Apple serve as a stark reminder why recent calls to defund police departments across the country are so dangerous and would likely serve to place vulnerable communities in greater danger than ever.
Violence across NYC
During the aforementioned 12-hour span, gun violence erupted in every New York City borough except for Staten Island during a stretch that began late Friday evening and continued through until the next day, the New York Post noted.
Tragically, a 35-year-old man was shot in the neck in Brooklyn and later succumbed to his wounds, according to the NYPD.
Many of the shooting victims were innocent bystanders who told authorities they were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, Fox News reported, while other shootings that occurred were intentional in nature, though the surrounding circumstances remain under investigation.
Unfortunately, New York City is in jeopardy of a return to a more violent time reminiscent of the 1980s and ’90s, now that its leadership appears to be more concerned about politics than with public safety.
Police cuts underway
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded his department’s plainclothes police force last week, according to the New York Times, ending the operations of a unit that has historically been involved in combatting violent crime.
Shea explained, “This is a seismic shift in the culture of how the N.Y.P.D. polices this great city. It will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect,” adding that these particular units had been involved in several of the department’s most infamous police-involved shootings in recent years.
There may have already been a seismic shift, but it wasn’t just in police operations, it was more importantly in the city’s overall public safety.
The now-disbanded plainclothes units were comprised of 600 officers that were specifically tasked with proactively taking guns off the street to stop violent crime, according to NBC News.
While it may be too soon to assign a direct link, having such a violent weekend full of gun crime just days after eliminating the units responsible for combatting gun crime is certainly cause for concern.
New York City and Minneapolis — where a pledge to dismantle the city’s police department has already been made — may ultimately serve as tragic examples of what happens when leaders are more concerned about bowing to the knee-jerk demands of protest mobs. The more the police are restricted and defunded, the more innocent people will surely suffer.