Compared to last year, shootings and homicides in NYC are up 20 percent. Twenty percent is a real increase.
Here's the compstat page and also a link to last week's summary (no matter when you click the link).
I don't know why crime is up. But... I can't help but think it's part of (or some combination of) everything that has happened in NYC in the past year. I mean, I know what most cops think is the cause: stop and frisk has stopped; marijuana arrests have plummeted; there's more oversight of cops; De Blasio is mayor; Obama is president; Eric Holder is Attorney General; cops find it preferable to do too little rather than do to much ("if you don't work you can't get in trouble").
Some of that is just ideological sour grapes. But some of it, part of it, is true.
What I find amazing is I don't hear any critic of the NYPD sounding any alarm. Oh well, I guess 60 extra murder victims per year -- 54 of whom, based on passed statistics, will be black or hispanic men -- is a small price to pay to keep innocent people from getting harassed by the police. I for one don't buy that equation.
Those who opposed past police practices (and to be clear it's not like I loved everything the NYPD was doing) seem to be very silent right now. Shouldn't the increase in murders lead to a discussion about what police should be doing?
I guess the same people who think the police had little if anything to do with the crime drop now just think it's preordained that crime goes up. But it is not "written." Why don't I hear debate? Instead I hear a lot of silence.