Police recorded 488 homicides in the city of 9 million last year, up 4.3% from 2020. Jeffrey Butts of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, however, points out that he 25 years ago, the number of homicides in New York was four times higher than today.
He says he disagrees with the principle of “Defund the police”, but he says that allocating “more funds to the police is not an adequate response”.
“How are these resources used? For what purpose? What is the strategy?” he asks. “The basis of our approach must be the economic well-being, the health and well-being of the population, which is a subject of much broader public policy debate.”
For Parliamentarian Adriano Espaillat, whose constituency includes Harlem and parts of the Bronx, “the federal government must play a central role” in the fight against violence. The elected official spoke on Saturday of the need for a law requiring more rigorous background checks when buying weapons.
Ken Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, said the mayor must present his plan without delay, because it is time to “shape public opinion”.
“It gives the mayor a huge opportunity and if he doesn’t take it, I’m sure he will regret it,” he said.
On Saturday, Eric Adams had already insisted on the need to “deal with the flow of weapons”, an essential part of his strategy according to him.
Otherwise, he had hammered, “we are wasting our time”.