The crime statistics are in, and they are disturbing. In one week this month, there was an over 150% spike in New Yorkers shot, a jump from 22 to 56 over the same period last year. Overall, the number of New Yorkers hit by bullets was up almost 30 percent in the last month as compared to last year, according to the New York Post.
The recent surge has pushed gun violence beyond last year's tally as of October 16th. And the cops aren't shy about identifying a major part of the problem: Occupy Wall Street.
To babysit the Zuccotti Park protestors, police have diverted important resources from the most crime-ridden areas of the city. One high-ranking NYPD officer told the Post:
“Normally, the task force is used in high-crime neighborhoods where you have a lot of shootings and robberies. They are always used when there are spikes in crime as a quick fix. But instead of being sent to Jamaica, Brownsville and the South Bronx, they are in Wall Street.”
And while crimes are up, certain specialized units have been making fewer arrests. The Organized Crime Control Bureau, for one, has seen arrests drop 19% this year.
In this environment of rising crime, it should concern New Yorkers and all Americans that the NYPD is also receiving heavy criticism and defamation from Occupy Wall Street and its allies. Crime is on the rise, and our police are embattled by leftists and a sympathetic media.
If the NYPD is having a hard time keeping New Yorkers safe while watching the Occupiers, other cities undergoing Occupation could see their security deteriorate much faster, with even more violence.