NYPD commissioner Shea: 'A perfect storm' led to an uptick in gun violence across NYC

Kimberly Dole
July 06, 2020 - 9:43 am
Dermot Shea

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told 1010 WINS on Monday that "frustration" is the word that comes to mind when discussing the gun violence that occurred across the city over the weekend.

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Shea said the uptick in shootings is a "perfect storm right now." Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a scenario where inmates were released from Rikers Island at the same time the courts are shut down, causing certain people to use this time to their advantage.

Although Shea is "frustrated and concerned for the people of New York City," he is confident that the city will be able to turn it around. 

"The saddest part of this is it's been predictable," Shea told NY1 earlier.

"We know exactly what needs to be done to get this city turned around," Shea said to 1010 WINS as he explained what it is that the city needs in order to do so.

According to Shea, law enforcement needs support and laws that help the police instead of handcuff them. "This diaphragm bill needs to be changed immediately."

Shea also said the NYPD needs resources in order to get the city back to where they need it to be.

During his daily briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the shootings that occurred over the weekend saying that there’s not one cause for it.

He doesn't feel that the uptick can be pinpointed solely to bail reform, the courts being shut down, Rikers inmates released, or the animosity toward police.

The mayor announced that Commissioner Shea will meet with five district attorneys to address the gun violence.

When looking at the gun situation on the city streets, Shea said people don't realize that "those guns are out there, they've always been out there."

According to Shea, needs to get back to a combination of smart policing with a precision attack on individuals carrying guns and then removing them from the streets.

"Right now that's in a state of flux, and we gotta get it back quickly," Shea said.

He believes it's going to take help from the entire city to get back on track and assure people they're safe.

"It's going to take everyone," He said. "It's going to take clergy, it's going to take elected officials, it's going to take prosecutors, it's going to take the police."

"We'll get there, we just have to get there sooner than later," Shea added.

Shea said it's important to recognize this year that everything that's done has a reaction even though it's not always readily apparent at the time.

"We're past the tipping point," according to Shea its time for leaders to figure out what it is they need to do to get the city where it wants to be.