The commissioner highlighted efforts to stem rising gun violence in New York City, saying officers made more than 400 gun arrests so far this year.READ MORE: Gov. Murphy Announces COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expanding To Teachers, More Essential Workers
Shea said that’s a 75% increase in the number of arrests compared to last year.
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The commissioner said in 2020, the number of shootings in the city nearly doubled.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Some May See Even More Money From Potential Economic Relief Package
“I think more people need to start asking this: what the heck is going on with the firearms in New York City this year? What has changed? One thing I know is that the cops are always out there courageously doing their jobs,” Shea said.
The commissioner said a “snowballing set of circumstances” is driving the spike in shootings, including the illegal flow of firearms, the pandemic and recent bail reforms.
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