NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday touted the continued reduction of crime in New York City and their reforms to its Police Department as the city braces for a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict an officer in a chokehold death.
Overall crime has fallen 4.4 percent from this time a year ago, and homicides are down 6.8 percent from the end of November 2013, according to police statistics. And de Blasio said the city experienced its safest August-to-November period since 1993, when the Compstat system was introduced to track crimes.
“We always talk about bringing crime down and keep communities safer while at the same time bringing police and communities closer together,” de Blasio said. “We are seeing that happen.”