As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide “gun emergency,” this week, NYPD Commisssioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday that bail reform was to blame for the shooting surge.
The police commissioner was asked on PIX 11 about the governor’s first-of-its-kind move Tuesday in combating the scourge of gun violence across New York, including $138 million in new spending to try to stop the trend, the New York Post.
“Well, I think we announced it last year, you know, and I’m glad that the governor came out and put it on the forefront that it is a problem that we’re facing right now,” Shea told host Dan Mannarino during a Wednesday morning appearance.
“I think you’ve got to get uncomfortable here, and the uncomfortable conversation for a lot of people is we have to address that law that was passed in 2019, and the implications that we’re feeling today,” he said, referring to sweeping bail reform measures that took effect in January 2020.