NYC shootings up: Bush not blamed!
Shootings way up in two weeks
Bullets are flying over Broadway — and everywhere else in the city.
The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.
My snarky half wants to suggest – in an offhand, non-correlating, guilt-by-association sort of way – that this increase in shootings corresponds roughly to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
But, come on. That’s not really fair. Right?
Four high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying their rallies pull special crime-fighting units away from the hot zones where they’re needed.
Oh. I guess it is fair, then.
“Normally, the task force is used in high-crime neighborhoods where you have a lot of shootings and robberies,” said one source.
“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.”
Another NYPD boss is troubled by the resulting slowdown in stop-and-frisks.
When OWS marches, as many as 3,000 cops a day could be called on to keep the peace. That’s about 10 percent of the total force.
Here’s a thought: if crime is up because police aren’t patrolling high-crime areas, then patrol the high-crime areas like you usually do. If the pattern holds, crime will rise in the OWS vicinity. Right? And how long will the infantile whiners who make up the meat of the OWS “movement” stay put once their beloved occupation becomes gang-banger territory?
Problem solved. Yes, it’ll be hard on the law-abiding businesses and such in the area, but whaddaya gonna do? At least they’ll have an end game in place.