‘Unbelievable’: One Year Ago, New York’s Home to the World’s Most Dangerous Gangs Is Now ‘In The Heart Of It’
New York City, NY – One year ago, the world was shocked by a brutal, bloodbath that left at least six people dead and hundreds more injured in the wake of a violent, drug-related street party that was sparked by the arrest of a man who was caught with cocaine in the street.
But one year on, New Yorkers are justifiably proud to be living in a safer place than they did a year ago.
The city’s latest homicide rate is at an all-time low and is down to a rate of just 2.9 per 100,000 residents, according to a new report from the New York Police Department.
The numbers are even lower in neighborhoods like the Upper West Side and Queens, which are among the deadliest areas in the city, but the NYPD said that these neighborhoods have experienced the worst crime in decades, particularly since a spate of gang violence in the area.
“The city has shown that we can have a strong and unified police force that is doing the work that’s needed to maintain public safety and keep the streets safe,” Commissioner John Miller said.
“It’s time for us to take this opportunity to rebuild and revitalize.”
While the city has a long way to go in addressing the violence plaguing the city and its neighborhoods, it has seen a significant uptick in homicides and gang related crimes in recent years, according the NYPD.
The homicide rate dropped significantly in 2016 after a spike in homicides in 2015 and 2016.
While the homicide rate in New York fell in 2016 to its lowest point since 2000, it increased by 11 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according police data.
It also is at a time when the NYPD is facing a new wave of protests in the aftermath of the police killing of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after police choked him to death in 2014.
Police have said Garner, who was black, died because of a chokehold while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes.
The NYPD’s internal affairs investigation found Garner’s death was not racially motivated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced a plan in 2016 for the city to make a major investment in crime fighting, called on residents to be proud of the city.
“There are too many young men in New Yorkers neighborhoods that are being killed, maimed, injured or killed by people that they know,” he said.
“These are young men that are on the streets, fighting for justice and they’re not just fighting for themselves, they’re fighting for others and they are not just being killed.
I think we can be proud and I think this is a great day for New Yorkers.”
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