New York City has nobody to blame for the uptick in violent crime other than progressive lawmakers that enacted woke criminal justice reforms.
Reports reveal that despite Democrats’ push to rectify the imbalance of Black Americans who are arrested, convicted, and incarcerated they have only their effort have resulted in a spike in crime, with more Black Americans victimized.
Fox News reports:
“A lot of these policies were designed explicitly around the idea that Blacks are so disproportionately represented in the people who are arrested and the people who are prosecuted and convicted and incarcerated — and trying to design criminal justice policy to back-engineer that number to be more on par with the racial demographics of everybody of society,” Hannah E. Meyers, director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Monday. “That in itself has created a bigger problem.”
Meyers and Jim Quinn, a former executive district attorney in the Queens district attorney’s office, recently published an essay in the New York Times arguing that by “aiming for racial equity in criminal justice rather than focusing solely on deterring and responding to crime, policymakers seem to have neglected the foundational purpose of law and order.”
“What has followed — a sharp rise in victims of crime, who remain disproportionately Black, and a slight increase in the percentage of Rikers Island inmates who are Black — is a racial imbalance of a more troubling kind,” the authors wrote in the article.
New York City is grappling with skyrocketing crime. Murders went up 52% from 2019 to 2021, while shootings were up 104% and car theft 91%. In 2020, Black New Yorkers were victims in 65% of murders and 74% of shootings, the authors of the NYT essay wrote.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio moved to defund the police before leaving office, a move that Meyers and Quinn’s claim has disproportionately impacted largely Black neighborhoods of NYC.