Rampant violence continues to plague black communities throughout New York City – despite assurances by the NYPD, the mayor’s office, and the headlines that New York is safer than it’s ever been, for everyone, the Village Voice reports.
Just look at the bulletins flashing on the police department’s website, boasting of a hard-earned victory in the “war on crime”:
“Homicides are at a 40-Year Low”
“Overall Crime is Down Another 6% this Year; 11% Over the last 2 Years”
“NYC Leads the Nation in Crime Fighting”
Overall crime–break-ins, auto theft, loitering–may be down, but several city precincts, from the Bronx to Queens, are experiencing significant increases this year in murder, shootings, and other forms of violence. Last weekend alone, four people died in a wave of six shootings, 10 knifings, and one attack with a baseball bat.
If you live in Brooklyn neighborhoods like Brownsville and Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York, no one has to tell you what’s going on. In the 73rd Precinct, part of Brownsville, overall crime through the end of September was down 8.94 percent–but murder was up 50. In the 81st Precinct, in Brownsville/Bed-Stuy, that same period saw total crime fall by 7.23 percent–but murder rose 62.5.
Meanwhile, in the 77th Precinct, Crown Heights, crime dropped 6 percent–but murder in September alone spiked 400 percent over the same period last year.