NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After another tragic weekend of gun violence, including the death of a 1-year-old, two members of the Black community called on the NYPD to bring back the recently disbanded Anti-Crime Unit to help get guns off the street.

CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has more on the story.

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It was a dramatic moment — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holding up a pair of baby shoes Monday after a 1-year-old became the latest victim of gun violence, caught in the crossfire at a family barbecue just hours before.

“Babies are not supposed to be wearing these in a coffin,” Adams said.


Adams, a former cop, became the second member of the African-American community to call on the NYPD to stop the violence by re-instituting the Anti-Crime Unit — undercover cops whose job was to get guns off the street. The unit was disbanded during the anti-cop protest that shook the city.

“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” said Adams. “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”

Community activist Tony Herbert agrees.

“The guns keep going off and now we have a 1-year-old and the blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature,” said Herbert.

Mayor Bill de Blasio decried the shootings.

“This is not anything we can allow in our city. It is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking for so many reasons and begins with the fact that there are just so many guns out there and that is a New York tragedy,” de Blasio said.

But the mayor did not propose any new solutions to ending the gun violence. This, as shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.

John Jay College professor Joe Giaclone, a former cop, said the city has been eroding the ability of the cops to get guns off the street for years. The latest, the disbanding of the Anti-Crime Unit.

“The gun police are no longer out there,” said Giaclone. “The criminals are opportunists. You know that.”

All this comes as the latest NYPD statistics show a huge drop in gun arrests during the last week.

Comments (25)
  1. Tired of BS says:

    After months of protests demonizing the police for the problems of low-class communities, while burning down their own communities, why would any self-respecting officer with half a brain risk his life or job to protect a bunch of ingrates? Send in the antifa poseurs to patrol the streets and the BLM trans marxists to heal the community.

  2. Lynn Thompson says:

    When something swings way to the left quickly, it snaps right back to the right and typically leaves a line of destruction. DiBlasio’s response demonstrates what a weak leader he actually is and how much he doesn’t care about the African American and other minority communities. Shame on him.

  3. Tim says:

    Arrest the criminals, and keep them in prison. Trying to take guns away from everyone is impossible, nor is it desirable.

  4. Tammy Rage says:

    You got what you asked for. And DeBlasio backed you up. Live with it.

  5. Henry says:

    We demanded you defund the police.
    You defunded the police.
    Our babies are dying.
    It’s all your fault!

    1. David E Powell says:

      It is important to realize that the City Council Members from Heavily Minority NYC Neighborhoods voted against Defunding the NYPD and spoke up in their defense when that meeting was going on. They were outvoted and overruled by the predominately White Radical Communist Council Members, who don’t live in those neighborhoods and are more concerned about Academic ideals of Communist Nirvana than anything that actually functions in the real world. In short, they aren’t the ones who have to live with the problems, though those problems will spread.

      The neighborhoods that gentrified and are heavily progressive gentrified during the Guiliani and Bloomberg years, due in large part to those Mayors’ assertive and community minded policing policies, which lured people back to the City and ensured their safety to live in and build up neighborhoods. If the current situation is not resolved, the horrendous problems that have come up in recent months and years under DeBlasio and his Radical cohorts will only continue to spread through the entire city.

      These brave City Leaders who are willing to stand against this violence must be listened to, now. I hope that they are. If not, things will get worse, a lot worse, for everyone in the city, and beyond.

  6. dave says:

    too late, the Barn Door has closed per your request. go to your mama for help.

  7. Craig says:

    So the inmates aren’t equipped to run the asylum after all

  8. gduckd says:

    Maybe it’s time to just set up a meat wagon squad. No cops no coroners, just undertakers.

  9. Ronald says:

    Stop and frisk worked and so did the anti-crime units but since effectively stopping crime annoys criminals and gangstas, NYC liberals in government who have an almost in-bred fascination with turning thugs into victims will look for solutions anywhere except right under their noses: supporting zero tolerance and the police who keep us safe. As for the bad cops: arrest them, prosecute them and put them away with those who are destroying these neighborhoods.

  10. Ronald says:

    Here’s the solution: paint more BLM signs all over these violence-infested neighborhoods. Then the thugs will get the message and stop shooting each other.

  11. Kyle Robets says:

    With gun violence raging in NewYork city, The question once again is WHAT DOES NYC DO ABOUT IT?. Well, NYC has the toughest gun laws in America. Guess what they didn’t work. and won’t work. The main reason anti gun politicians can’t get any reasonable gun legislation past is, The NRA and other groups use big cities like New York, Chicago, And Los Angeles as example of the failure of “tough” gun laws. These city always prove their point “if you take away citizens gun rights, then only criminals will have guns.” And gun owners in other states see this and say “hell no we don’t want that here”. So, since the laws didn’t stop the guns, what did NYC do about stopping gun violence? They created the anti crime division of the NYPD. A task force that was supposed to get out on the street and and get the criminals where they operated and get guns off the street. Instead it turned in to a civil and human rights abuse machine that operated like a street gang on steroids, only operating in communities of color to generate low level arrest and give the department and the previous Mayors good crime stats, Oh, and once in a while catch somebody with a gun. Stop and frisk had a 90% failure rate when it came to guns. It also cost the taxpayers of New York 1 billion dollars in lawsuits over 12years.
    So flash forward to May 25,2020 George Floyd is murdered by the Minneapolis police for allegedly using a fake 20 dollar bill. And, across the country protest and riots break out demanding an end to overly aggressive police policies,like the kind used by New York’s Anti crime unit. So in response to the overwhelming hostile response to the police and it’s tactics. The Mayor and the Police commissioner decide (and rightfully so) to disband the anti crime unit. Now with an uptick in gun violence in the city in the past few weeks. They are considering bringing back the Anti Crime Unit. It been said one of the first signs of insanity is doing the same thing time and time again and expecting a different result. well if they bring back the Anti Crime Unit in its old form that would be a perfect example. (Just sit back andwait for the new round of riots.) Instead if it is brought back, it should be giving a new directive. Forget that “broken windows crap” which focused on low level arrest i.e. loitering, open container,jaywalking (that were always use as pretext arrests with the hope of finding something else.) and put the main focus on finding and stopping the source and the flow of gun in to the streets of New York.
    If New York wants to truly stop gun violence then go after the guns (NOT PEOPLE). where are these kids and punk criminals buying their guns. where is their supply coming from? If they can’t get them, they can’t used them. Hopefully this time they will truly try to solve the gun problem, not just generate crime statistics to look good.

    1. lorraine connie says:

      These guns are circulating illegally. Shipments of guns are not coming into the city. There are more guns in this country than there are people, close to 400 million guns, and they don’t have an expiration date. The criminals are stealing guns from thefts they commit, trading and acquiring guns among themselves, having friends or relatives purchasing them for the criminals. The only way to go after the guns is to go after the people.

    2. walter woelfel says:

      I don’t live in New York(Thank God). I went there right after 9/11 and the city was full of thugs and people were accepting of bad behavior, and violence to anything that one didn’t like. It seems to me since stop and frisk worked in reducing crime ,but was deemed illegal, you change the law. People from areas in more rural or suburban areas not around New York City are Impressed with Wall Street and Times square. But in absolute horror the rest of the city and it’s citizens behave. I will never go back. The attitudes of the people in New York City is depressing and frightening at the same time

  12. Bernes says:

    I get the bitterness of the previous remarks but this growing crime problem in New York needs to be addressed before it gets out of hand. So message to our idiot mayor; call a press conference and say “in light of the dire nature of the growing crime problem I have rethought the disbandonment of the Anti Crime Unit and conclude that that act was perhaps poorly envisioned by me. I concede the error and will correct it by not only reestablishing the Unit but doubling it in size until the current problems are brought under control” Oh well, a person can dream.

  13. Seems like Mr. Eric Adams has had a change of heart. We will see what happens but I bet it is too late.

  14. YGWYFD says:

    Who could have predicted that removing the police would have led to an increase in crime?

  15. a mcnulty says:

    Make it a requirement they denounce the BLM and Antifa organizations!

  16. BuzzSW says:

    Enjoy your liberal utopia

  17. Ronald says:

    Why can’t the dedicated, non-bigoted, fearless justice warriors in the BLM crowd just go into these neighborhoods of color and persuade the upstanding citizens to turn over their weapons? Surely they’d comply?

  18. bterclinger says:

    Eric Adams is a disgrace. You know what would stop criminal use of guns? Honoring the Constitution, and ALLOWING LAW ABIDING NEW YORKERS to shoot the criminals. But Adams, who still carries his gun as a FORMER cop, wants to keep LAW ABIDING New Yorkers from having what he has.

    1. Henry says:

      Amen. Ever notice how places without unconstitutional gun laws don’t seem to have out-of-control gun problems?

  19. Kitty says:

    You reap what you sow.

  20. Tim says:

    Will everyone just make up their god damn minds already, do you want police or do you want to “f*** the police”

  21. CYRUS says:

    There is no solid, rational reason why we should not bring back the undercover anti-crime unit; none at all. It takes guns off the street, and more importantly it saves lives particularly in communities of color. But instead of actually working on proven anti-violence initiatives during this terrible uptick in shootings , it appears that the City Council is going the reverse by foolishly trying to disband the gang data base and continuing other defunding efforts. This demonstrates irresponsible leadership.

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