CBS New York, June 8, 2015
Police began a major effort Monday to combat a spike in violent crime in New York City.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the latest crime statistics show shootings in the city are up for the second straight year.
“As we expect, when the warm weather comes, we see an increase in certain crimes,” Chief of Department James O’Neill said earlier this month. “We’re struggling with homicides and shootings.”
To help change that, the department is launching its “Summer All Out” program a full month ahead of schedule.
Under the program, 330 police officers will leave administrative duties to patrol 10 precincts where shootings and murders are up.
The launch comes amid a nearly 19.5 percent spike in murders from this time last year.
“We have the right approach for turning the tide and in that, we will get a lot of guns away from the bad guys,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
But some residents say the city needs to do more.
“They need to put more stop-and-frisk because there a lot of young people running around with guns in their hands and stuff like that,” one woman said. “They really, really need to bring it back.”
“You removed stop-and-frisk and it has not worked,” said Natasha Christopher, whose 14-year-old son Akeal died in a shooting. “There are more children dying, there are parents burying their children when it shouldn’t be happening.”