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NYPD: Occupy Wall Street Caused Rise In Gun Crime

October 26, 2011  | 

Police attention to Occupy Wall Street protesters has left other areas of the city vulnerable. As a result, gun violence has spiked in New York City, according to the New York Police Department.

During the first week of October, the number of shooting victims jumped 154 percent compared to the same week in 2010. The number of people shot rose 28 percent in the past month. In the past week, 22 people received bullet wounds, including three who were gunned down outside a Brooklyn school.

Police say the increase is due to the drain on already-stretched resources dealing with the Occupy Wall Street movement that's primarily been based in Zucotti Park. Since the protesters moved in on September 17, a strong police presence has been maintained by the NYPD's special units and on march days, as many as 3,000 officers, or approximately 10 percent of the total force, are drafted to keep the peace.

"Normally, the task force is used in high-crime neighborhoods where you have a lot of shootings and robberies," one source told the New York Post. "They are always used when there are spikes in crime as a quick fix. But instead of being sent to Jamaica, Brownsville and the South Bronx, they are in Wall Street."

Source: New York Post


Comments (10)

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TimFromLA @ 10/26/2011 3:49 PM

Yet in Los Angeles with 9500 police officers, 1/3rd of what NYPD is, has not seen an increase but a decrease. Seems like the pogues aren't properly deploying their officers properly. Oh and Los Angeles are NOT in a City-Wide Tac alert.

Here we go again. Blame the cops for the irresponsibility of the brass.

Rdc @ 10/26/2011 4:12 PM

While I may agree with the previous comment to some degree, let's not forget, it is these anarchists and socialist protestors who are the most responsible. Instead of dealing with real crime, and serving and protecting the people who actually work for a living, they are having to babysit a bunch of whiny children who want everything handed to them!

BillC @ 10/26/2011 6:10 PM

Soouns like a problem with deployment by the NYPD bosses. Why aren'tthe troops deployed where the shootings are instead of where the non-violent people are? Is the NYPD more offended by free speech than crime against its' people? I doubt it so they should check their priorities and deploy accordingly.

gp cobb @ 10/26/2011 7:45 PM

It's gone on long enough, end it. S-S-&S.

DEADMAN @ 10/27/2011 12:43 AM

Elizabeth warren is supposedly supporting the group in NY,maybe she thinks they'll vote for her.

If you have a bunch of people sitting around talking,singing kum bay ya,is there really a need to deploy tactical units,you can easily call more units in,just put up barricades like you do for a parade.Citizens are getting killed all over the city while you babysit lazy,college kids who want a job or unemployment check handed to them or another useless,lazy moron.

DEADMAN @ 10/27/2011 12:43 AM

Elizabeth warren is supposedly supporting the group in NY,maybe she thinks they'll vote for her.

If you have a bunch of people sitting around talking,singing kum bay ya,is there really a need to deploy tactical units,you can easily call more units in,just put up barricades like you do for a parade.Citizens are getting killed all over the city while you babysit lazy,college kids who want a job or unemployment check handed to them or another useless,lazy moron.

Sean @ 10/27/2011 12:56 PM

No, the people responsible for the increase in gun cirmes are the people committing the gun crimes themselves and then the people who decided to send so many officers to watch over a bunch of people sitting around singing and chanting instead of keeping on top of the high crime neighborhoods.

OLD SGT @ 10/27/2011 3:32 PM

While the overpaid "Fat Cat" CEOs and their overpaid frontline investment associates sit in the high rise office buildings looking down at the Police who are oppressing the peaceful protesters to protect the wealthy on-lookers from "Baby boomer investors" that are having their life savings stolen from them. Maybe these "White Collar"
criminals should be confronting these protesters face to face to explain
where the Billions of investment $$$ have suddenly gone to. Huge losses that can be attributable to OVERPAID corporate officers!
The huge swell of retiring "Baby Boomers" were poised to start drawing their accumilated retirement money...BUT it has been slowly stolen from the funds by OVERPAID corporate officer/staff...now it has suddenly "GONE" = in legal terms =Market crash. A CEO that makes 131.2 Million Dollars a year is merely legally stealing corporate assests
and then after acouple of years run off to another country and live in complete luxury and leave us hardworking still to struggle to make end meet. Where is Robin Hood when you need him?

krisnlc @ 10/28/2011 7:50 AM

It is ridiculous when the entitlement children can cause such havoc that results in crime spikes in other areas....It is ridiculous when our country's elite greed creates a group that believes in entitlements are the only way to survive....It is ridiculous when both groups fail to realize the shortcomings they create in greed and entitlements, and now the rest of stuck in the middle have to clean up the mess by supporting both groups....

Earn what you get, have what you earned... all this crap will go away!... (independent party)!

Tom Ret @ 10/28/2011 8:42 PM

I guess the stringent New York firearms laws are not having the desired effect.

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