A New York Police Department sergeant was shot twice in the legs while chasing a suspect last night, reports the New York Daily News. He was the 10th cop shot in the city this year. There were nine police officers shot in the past four years, meaning more officers have been shot this year than in the past four years combined. “The shooting of New York City police officers is getting to be outrageous,” said Ed Mullins, the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. “I really can't encourage our guys enough to do what they have to do to ensure that they go home at night.”
“I honestly believe there's a correlation between the economic downturn and crime,” Mullins continued. “And we have less cops than we did 10 years ago and we’re also more aggressive as a police department than we used to be.” Just a day earlier, 10 people were shot in six gang-related incidents overnight Tuesday after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg made their rounds at National Night Out Against Crime, the annual anti-violence event. Gun violence is on the rise citywide with 1,058 shooting victims this year through Aug. 5, compared to 977 during the same period last year — an 8.3% spike.