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NYPD Union Chief Blames "Anti-Police Atmosphere" for Rise in Shootings, Slashings

April 04, 2016  | 

PBA President Patrick Lynch took to the airwaves Sunday to blame recent spikes in shootings and slashings on an “anti-police atmosphere” in New York City.

“When you hear that we’re going to not go after quality-of-life issues on the street and we’re in an anti-police atmosphere, what happens is the perpetrators on the street, they get emboldened,” the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association chief said in an interview on John Catsimatidis’ 970 AM radio show.

“We have shootings on the rise, and we have slashings on the rise, and it’s because the criminals on the street feel emboldened, empowered to go out and commit these acts,” he said.

Shooting victims increased by 24 percent — from 62 incidents to 77 — over the 28-day period that ended last Sunday, March 27, according to the latest NYPD data available. Shooting incidents increased 14 percent — from 57 to 65 incidents — in the same period, the New York Post reports.

Lynch said criminals know they’re not going to be stopped and frisked, so they are carrying weapons.

NYPD Chief William Bratton said in the middle of last month that there were 916 slashings since Jan. 1. That’s a 22 percent increase for the same period in 2015. More recent figures weren’t available.

Comments (20)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 3:36 PM

Patrick Lynch is totally right. They never should have stopped stop-and-frisk. It worked great! Its partially due to the ccrb again. "These suspects have the right not to be harassed". What are they, FOOLS??? Obviously.

Marcus @ 4/4/2016 6:01 PM

Couldn't be that people are tired of getting killed on the streets when doing nothing, while getting no justice in the courts... so they start to act out.

Can't have it both ways.. you want to be sadistic then expect sadism to come back to you.
You create it.. then you should like it.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 8:38 PM


Percy @ 4/4/2016 9:31 PM


You really are going to make quite a cop.
A xenophobic, mentally disabled white hot ball of rage.
You should know that all your comments on here could be used as evidence at you 1st(of many)
excessive force trials.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 9:41 PM


Percy @ 4/4/2016 9:54 PM

And from you other comment you're homophobic as well, gee what a surprise. Your le stock just keeps going up.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 10:01 PM

Coming from you, I'll take that as a compliment. Remember, I'm also the best cop apologist you've heard in a long time.

Percy @ 4/4/2016 10:03 PM

That's not something to be proud of badge bunny.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 10:23 PM

By the way, I'm not homophobic. I just think the lifestyle is weird. And the comment about being a great cop aplogist was a quote from you. Remember. Possibly you forgot.

Percy @ 4/4/2016 10:31 PM

I'm well aware that the quote is from me, man you don't get anything do you?

And you are homophobic. Where's the caps lock and rage did your Amyl nitrate wear off?

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 10:47 PM

I decided that getting riled up over you isn't worth it. There's no point in typing all my thoughts about you. I'd never finish.

Percy @ 4/4/2016 10:49 PM

You have thoughts?
Do you ever write them down?

Percy @ 4/4/2016 10:51 PM

So you pressed a button on your keyboard.
Good boy.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 11:03 PM

Percy, go back to your moms basement and read your Bobbsey Twins books. At least they had some respect for the Police. Have fun.

Percy @ 4/4/2016 11:13 PM

Amazing how every single one of you on this site believes I live in my mother's basement. My mother is in an assisted living facility and It would do you well not to mention her again badge bunny.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/4/2016 11:15 PM

I apologize if I hurt your feelings, Percy.

ACAB @ 4/5/2016 9:57 AM

Violent crime is down you pig fucking stooges. Even the NYPD data says so.

This is exactly why police unions need to be smashed into tiny, tiny pieces. You idiots can't be honest to save your lives. Shove the thin blue line right up your big fat waddling asses.

PatLynchHasALimpDick @ 4/5/2016 10:02 AM

Awww is widdle Patty Lynch sad that crime is down that NYC just had the lowest murder rate in history and the fewest amount of shootings as well? Is he scared and peeing his widdle panties because this happened with stop and frisks being almost non existent? Awww widdle baby Patty throwing a widdle tantrum.

The cops on the street are doing a good job and Patty Lynch is trying to make them look like they are losing control of the city all to score some idiotic political points. Patty Lynch is dumber than a sack of badges and more hard headed than that oil slicked helmet he calls a hair cut.

RG @ 4/6/2016 5:38 AM

Seriously moderator, You seriously wont take the prior insulting comment off of here but you will censor real Police Officers for voicing an opinion with no swearing or threats. Afraid to not appear PC? I actually thought the name of this magazine was Police, The Law Enforcement Magazine.?

OK then @ 4/6/2016 9:04 AM

Crime overall may be down, but violent crime is definitely rising, particularly knivings. People also need to keep in mind that murder season starts in less than a month. That will be the real test as to whether or not DiBlasio's "customer service" style policing is working or not.

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