NYPD data doesn't support top brass' claims about shooting spike: report

Maya Rajamani
July 08, 2020 - 3:24 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD leaders have blamed the state’s new bail reform laws and COVID-19-related jail releases for the city’s recent surge in gun violence, but the department’s own data doesn’t back up those claims, according to a report. 

At a news conference on Monday, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan reported a 130 percent increase in “shooting incidents” this past June, compared to the same month last year. 

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“There are many reasons (for the spike), and it starts with bail reform that began in January of this year,” he said. 

A New York Post analysis of NYPD data, however, found that only one person released under the new bail reform laws has been charged with a shooting so far this year. 

Ninety-one of the approximately 11,000 people released from Rikers Island under the new laws, meanwhile, were linked to shooting incidents this year. Twenty-five of those 91 people were “victims” and 24 were “witnesses,” according to the report. 

Monahan on Monday also said “convicted criminals and parolees” released from Rikers Island during the pandemic were partly to blame for the surge in violent crimes, but only nine of around 2,500 released inmates have been connected to shootings, the analysis found. 

Three of those nine people were shooting victims, and three were witnesses to shootings, according to the analysis. 

The report did note that the NYPD has arrested fewer people in connection with shootings this year than it did last year. As of June 22, 28 percent of the year’s shootings had resulted in arrests, compared to around 50 percent at the same time last year, the Post reported, citing the New York Times.

The Post reached out to the NYPD about the analysis, but the department declined to comment.