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Dismembered body found in multi-million dollar condo in NYC
Sources tell Eyewitness News police have found a dismembered body inside a Lower East Side building.

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Officials are investigating a suspicious death on the Lower East Side.

Authorities responded to the scene no the 7th floor at 365 East Houston St. just after 3:30 p.m.

Sources tell Eyewitness News police have found a dismembered body inside the $2.4 million condo.

According to a 911 call, a family member told police she found a decapitated body with limbs cut off.

The victim is a male and lived in the apartment.

Few other details were released.


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Protestors on the Lower East Side Vandalize NYPD Vans
Posted on: July 28th, 2020 at 5:03 am by Elie

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Citywide protests are again turning violent.
Protestors on the Lower East Side Saturday night were caught on video vandalizing three NYPD vans, slashing tires, spray-painting graffiti, and smashing windows, police said yesterday.
The footage – released by cops – shows hooligans damaging the vehicles stationed on Essex Street, just north of Delancey. One man is seen using his sign to break the windows of one van, while others scribble “FTP” (fuck the police) nearby.

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Apparent junkies turn stretch of NYC’s Midtown into a shooting gallery

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A woman injects herself with a needle near a pedestrian plaza at Broadway and West 40th Street in Midtown Manhattan.Gregory P. Mango
It’s the Great Black Tar Way.
A cluster of junkies has turned Broadway into a shooting gallery, injecting drugs unhampered in broad daylight and then shuffling around in a zonked-out stupor, seemingly oblivious to the Midtown bustle around them, The Post has learned.
If that wasn’t enough, the addicts are peppering the area with used syringes, turning individual planters on 40th Street and Broadway into mini needle parks.
“They’ve taken over the tables, blatantly using needles and shooting up heroin all day long,” said a local worker who asked that he only be identified as James. “There’s no police action, there’s no reach-out. There’s nobody preventing this, and you know we’ve had multiple calls to 311 but nobody really responds. It’s becoming a real problem.”

He called his own 311 calls “futile exercises.”
The Post spotted several of the spent needles dumped at the scene — and even caught one of the vagrants shooting up out in the open on Tuesday afternoon, with no one stepping in or saying a word.


A discarded syringe in planters on West 40 Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
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Another photo from a local showed four people slumped over at one of the tables at the busy intersection earlier in the day, with drug paraphernalia clearly visible between them.

“In the morning, they start early in the morning,” said construction worker Edgar Rivera, who’s been working at a nearby site in recent weeks. “It’s almost always the same people you see around. It’s always the same ones all the time. They are, like, here every day.”
“We see them sleeping on the floor,” Rivera said. “Sometimes the ambulances come around here to help them out. It’s always the same guys.”
An employee for a private sanitation company who gave the name Jeff said he’s worked in the area for about six years and the situation has gotten worse.
An NYPD officer passes the table where the alleged drug activity was observed.Gregory P. Mango
“Disappointing the way they discard all the syringes. It’s not the safest,” he said. “In the last year, it’s gotten really bad. I’ve been seeing more syringes, discarded syringes, ever since they started coming in.”
In a statement late Tuesday, a City Hall spokesperson called the situation “entirely unacceptable.”
“We will do everything we can to connect these people with drug treatment and help so they can get their lives back on track,” the statement said.
Police said they have only received one drug complaint in the area over the past month, and the suspects were gone by the time cops arrived.

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Arrests have declined drastically this summer, falling 62 percent across the board for the last four weeks compared with the same period last year, police data show. Narcotics arrests fell 85 percent. Detectives in the gang unit made 90 percent fewer arrests. There were similarly steep drops in the number of arrests by officers that patrol the subways and housing projects.

Gun arrests have dropped 67 percent during the same four weeks compared with last year, even as shootings have continued to spiral upward.

Some public officials who represent hard-hit parts of the city have accused the police of pulling back from their most basic responsibility — keeping the public safe — in response to the protests.

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Number of NYC shootings in 2020 close to totals for same period in past two years combined

The Big Apple is set to hit more grim milestones, with the number of shootings and gun victims so far this year set to match figures for same period the past two years — combined.
There have been 821 shootings and 1,000 gun victims as of Saturday.
Last year for same time frame, there were 466 shootings and 551 victims, while in 2018, there were 449 incidents and 548 victims.
That means combined, there were 905 shooting incidents and 1,099 victims for time period in 2018 and 2019 — close to the totals for this year alone, according to statistics released by the NYPD on Sunday.

This past week, there were more than twice as many shootings over the same time span last year, with 38 in the week ending early Sunday compared to just 16 over the same week in 2019, police said.

The number of murders this year did dip from last year, with four vs. eight for the week last year.
Police reported a dozen shootings late Saturday into early Sunday with three people killed — including a man who inadvertently flicked a cigarette at a group of men in the Bronx and was shot dead in front of his wife.
The new stats come just one week after police reported that the city had already surpassed the total number of shootings for all of last year, hitting the 777 three mark Aug. 1, topping the 2019 total of 776 for the entire year.

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NYPD cops don’t lift a finger as 11-year-old is beaten in broad daylight

NYPD cops had a front-row seat to a five-on-one brawl — but let the violence play out rather than doing their jobs to break it up, The Post has learned.
An 11-year-old girl was slapped, punched, kicked and even shocked with a stun gun by a group of five other girls after a basketball game around 7 p.m. Sunday on East 125th Street near Madison Avenue in Harlem.
During the roughly 4-minute beatdown, cops sat idly in nearby cruisers — but they didn’t get out until the girl was bloody and bruised, a Post photographer observed.

At least 20 police cars were nearby on the street — with at least one a little more than a car-length away, photos show.

Police sources told The Post the young girl was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital after being cut, bruised and shocked in the stomach with the stun gun. The girl told cops she didn’t know her attackers but knew two of their handles on social media, sources said.
An NYPD spokesman claimed the account witnessed by the Post photographer was “completely inaccurate.
“The officers were met by a large crowd while attempting to come to this person’s assistance. They were outnumbered. Projectiles were thrown at them. And they were forced to reposition and call every available resource in the area,” said rep Al Baker.
The department also tweeted footage it claimed to show people throwing bottles at cops who tried to intervene — though it was unclear when or where the footage was shot, and it does not show the girl being attacked.

But the Post photographer said he observed no bottles being tossed at police — though he was on the scene after hearing reports of an unruly crowd nearby some 45 minutes prior.
It was not known if any arrests were made in connection with the fight.
The hands-off approach comes as the police unions challenge a portion of NYC’s chokehold bill that makes it a misdemeanor crime to use any technique during an arrest that could limit breathing.
Top NYPD officials have also spoken out against the local reform, calling it dangerous, but have denied a slowdown — despite video leaking out from a weekly CompStat meeting capturing precinct leaders telling Chief of Department Terence Monahan that cops were “afraid” of facing charges over the law.
Over the last month, arrests have plummeted, with cops making nearly 60 percent fewer collars, according to NYPD statistics released Monday.
Cops are also pulling over fewer drivers, issuing a quarter of the normal speeding tickets — with the city’s speed cameras violation count holding steady.

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Teen in critical condition after being set on fire in NYC
A teenager was left in critical condition after he was set on fire in the Bronx during a dispute Wednesday afternoon, cops said.
The 18-year-old was fully aflame when police responded to the scene inside 1045 Woodycrest Ave. in Highbridge around 3 p.m.
The victim had been stabbed three times and then doused with gasoline and lit on fire with a match, a police source said.
The teenager wasn’t immediately identified and police said they didn’t have a motive.

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Burglars Pull Off Daring ATM Heist At East Village Deli, Cause $10,000 In Damage, Store Owner Says
Police are looking for the men accused of pulling off a daring ATM heist in the East Village early Friday.

Authorities said the criminals pulled the cash machine from a wall, leaving behind thousands of dollars in damage.

Business owner Jose Collado is upset with New York City, the NYPD and the two burglars he said turned his family-owned storefront into a heap of rubble, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported Friday.

For years, Collado has put in 16 hour days from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to keep Yankee Deli afloat.

He was on his way to the store Friday when he got a call that two thieves hooked a cable to the deli’s ATM, ripped it out of the store and hoisted it into a getaway van.

Collado provided CBS2 with surveillance video of the heist.

“I’m very angry because I don’t know why people do that right now,” said Collado.

He said the burglary happened at 4:30 a.m., about 20 minutes before opening. The heist took about five minutes and drew no attention along a heavily traveled Avenue C, Collado said.

He’s not sure how much money was stolen from the ATM, but said the the cost to repair the damage is a hefty sum.

“For fixing this, maybe eight, or ten-thousand dollars… Plus, I don’t make any business right now,” said Collado.
“I’m working hard. I open the store at five in the morning and I’ll be here at nine at nighttime. Do you know how many hours I work a day?” said Collado. “$10,000 to fix that is not easy.”

Store employees said the thousands of dollars in damages is especially hurtful because the business just paid for expensive renovations to provide better service to customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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49 People Shot In 72 Hours As Wave Of Gun Violence Continues In NYC

Forty-nine people were shot over the course of 72 hours in NYC between Thursday and Saturday, compared to eight shooting victims over the same time period last year, according to preliminary NYPD statistics sent to Gothamist Sunday morning.
Eight people were murdered—at least six by gun violence—compared to three homicides last year over those three days.
Those numbers do not yet reflect shootings on Sunday.
But about 2 a.m. Sunday, a 47-year-old was fatally shot in the head near Parkside and Ocean Avenues in Brooklyn at the entrance of Prospect Park.
The man was the ninth person in NYC murdered since Thursday.
Those 49 shooting victims we shot in 38 separate incidents between August 13th and 15th, the police department said.
The number of shootings rose by nearly five times—from eight to 38—compared to the same dates last year.
All told, there have been 1,087 shooting victims across 888 incidents this year through August 15th, compared to 577 victims and 488 incidents last year. Homicides were up to 263 through Saturday, compared to 196 this time last year, police said Sunday.

Shootings have soared throughout the summer amid the COVID-19 health and economic crises, adding additional suffering to a pandemic that has killed more than 23,500 people in NYC.
Shooting incidents for last week were two-and-a-half times that of the same week in 2019, the Post reported. Last month, shootings rose 177 percent, from 88 in July 2019 to 244 in July 2020, according to crime statistics from the department released August 3rd.
NYPD officials have blamed early releases from Rikers Island due to coronavirus as well as bail reform for the uptick, both explanations which are contradicted by statistics. Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed the pandemic for the shootings increase, as well as reduced courts operations during COVID-19, though there's also little data connecting the courts' operations to the rise in violence.
Among the homicides in recent days include a 29-year-old who was shot in the torso in Prospect Heights on Thursday shortly after midnight.
At 4 p.m. Friday, Deshawn Reid, 28, was shot outside his apartment building on Ocean Avenue near Crooke Avenue in Flatbush.
Another man, 30, was shot on West 128th Street near Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem about 12:50 a.m. Saturday.
About 3 a.m. Saturday, a 28-year-old, reportedly an off-duty NYC correction officer, John Jeff, was fatally shot at Ridgedale and Defoe Streets in Queens.

Three-and-a-half hours later, a 30-year-old was shot at East 39th Street and Avenue D in Brooklyn in East Flatbush. Police sources told the Daily News the man, Jamel Copeland, may have been attacked by someone he was in a romantic relationship with.
Bronx resident Anthony Martin, 27, was shot and killed about 8:10 p.m. Saturday on Beach Avenue near Seward Avenue in the Bronx while sitting in the passenger seat of a car at the time.
The two non-shooting-related homicides include a 36-year-old who was stabbed to death outside on Washington Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx about 8:20 p.m. Thursday and 36-year-old Dashawn Bush, of Brownsville, who was beaten to death in a fight about 4:20 a.m. Saturday in Greenwich Village on Christopher Street. Bush had recently gotten a job at Amazon, according to the Daily News.
In an attempt to quell the violence, the city has responded with more funding for cure violence groups and neighborhood policing. The cure violence groups function by placing community members on the ground who attempt to mediate violence before it happens and prevent retaliation after a shooting occurs.
But activists within anti-gun violence groups say the groups do not have adequate funding and a more well-rounded plan is needed to combat the rise in shootings, though such solutions aren't easy or quick. "I always say to folks, we have 36,000 police officers and about 300 cure violence workers," Ife Charles, the director of anti-violence projects and capacity building for Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy, said earlier this summer at a press conference with de Blasio.
Ten people in Brooklyn were charged with firearms possession in Brooklyn earlier this month, according to Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Seth D. DuCharme.
"The one tried and true way to reduce the rapid spike in gun violence we’ve experienced in Brooklyn this summer is to take the guns out of the hands of repeat offenders and take those offenders off of our streets," he said in a statement.

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The NYPD Is Finally Waking Up to Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

Since the start of the pandemic, hate crimes against Asians have spiked in New York City and around the country.

The New York Police Department announced the formation of a task force to handle potential hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans, amid an ongoing spike in violence linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
There were reportedly more than 2,300 racist incidents against Asian Americans between the beginning of the pandemic and July 15, according to the Asian Pacific Policy Planning Council. More than 300 of those incidents were reported in New York, including an incident last month where two men slapped an 89-year-old woman and set her shirt on fire.

The new spike in violence has been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic after the first cases of coronavirus were discovered in China in late 2019. President Donald Trump and other members of the Republican Party have repeatedly blamed China for the spread of the virus to the United States, where authorities have struggled mightily to keep the pandemic under control.
Though studies have indicated that the first cases of coronavirus in New York City came from Europe and other parts of the United States, the attack has stuck. A July Pew survey found that 78 % of Americans blame the Chinese government’s initial handling of the Wuhan outbreak either a “great deal” or a “fair amount” for the pandemic’s global spread.
Trump has even referred to the virus as the “kung flu,” and in an incident caught on video earlier this month, a New York City subway passenger used that same slur in a confrontation with a Taiwanese-American woman.
For months, Asian American community members have called for more action from authorities. "The sentiment among the Asian Americans is that not enough is being done," NYPD Deputy Inspector Stewart Loo said Tuesday. "Everyone’s saying the same thing: ‘The police don’t care, Asian Americans' voices don’t matter.' This task force is saying otherwise."
The team will reportedly include 25 bilingual Asian American officers and will be a permanent fixture of the NYPD. "This task force has been built and will continue to build trust and understanding between the NYPD and with Asian New Yorkers," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said.
Still, advocates see this only as a first step in combating racism against Asian Americans.

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Serious Uptick in Upper East and West Side Robberies
Video surveillance shows a masked man entering the My Way Convenience Smoke Shop on Third Avenue and East 89th street, aiming a handgun at the clerk.
Police say the gunman made off with $6,000. This case is part of a surge in robberies on the Upper East and West Sides of Manhattan.
“The nuts and bolts of the reason for the increases in Manhattan North robbery are juvenile robbery, delivery robberies, where delivery workers are either getting robbed of money and/or their bikes," said NYPD deputy chief Brian McGee. "We’ve been seeing a lot of the e-bike robberies the whole year.”
McGee is the commanding officer for Manhattan north detectives.
He says teenagers, some as young as 13 and 14 are responsible for the robbery spike.
“You have a 16-year-old, you have a 17-year-old and you have another 16-year-old in an hour and a half basically do five robberies on the East Side and Central Park and a gun is recovered,” he said.
Robberies citywide inched up two percent in the last month.
The 19th precinct which covers the Upper East Side is facing a serious uptick over the last month. The area had 23 robberies, more than double the number that occurred in the same time last year.
The 20th precinct on the Upper West Side had 10 reported robberies in the last month, up from just three last year at the same time. One of the victims is the 13-year old son of NYPD deputy commissioner John Miller.
A teen was charged in that case for stealing the boy’s phone and money.
Cops have plenty of video of other cases.
“And as simply as that, he is going to follow them and walk down the block and do a knife point robbery,” explained McGee while looking at some surveillance video in his Harlem office.
Police are still looking for whoever robbed the smoke shop. One employee says he’s only willing to work the morning shift now because he’s nervous about getting robbed and hurt.
“My boss told me whatever you have just give it to them. Life is life, so money doesn't matter. Only life matters. So give them whatever they want,” said the employee.
That's good advice and Deputy Chief McGee says while on the street people should pay less attention to their phones and more attention to their surroundings.

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11 Killed And At Least 40 Shot Around NYC Since Thursday

At least 11 people were killed in New York City since Thursday, as the number of homicides and shooting incidents remains high compared to last year.
At least eight of the deaths were shootings, and at least one was a stabbing. Across the city between Thursday and Sunday morning, at least 40 people were shot among 31 different incidents during a continued spate of gun violence this summer.
Around 10 p.m. on Thursday, 23-year-old Kendale Hamilton was killed at Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street during a fight at a McDonald's. Then at about 2 a.m. Friday, three people—ages 60, 36 and 54—were shot in front of 735 East 179th Street in Crotona in the Bronx. Police confirmed that the 60-year-old, Luis Rodriguez, died.
Two-and-a-half hours later, Eliezer Gomez-Ramirez, 44, died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head on Park Avenue near East 178th Street in Tremont.
On Saturday, 25-year-old Priscilla Vasquez was attacked in the South Bronx near Governor Smith Playground around 5:20 a.m. near her home in the Melrose Houses public housing development, according to a release from the NYPD.

When officers arrived, they found her with a gunshot wound to her head. The Daily News reports Vasquez was a mother-of-three—and may not have been the intended person in the attack. In a video released by police, a man in a hooded sweat-shirt wearing all black with a surgical mask ran up towards a group of people that included Vasquez, firing a gun multiple times.

Later Saturday afternoon at about 2 p.m., 20-year-old Fabian Abney was killed inside a Coney Island apartment two blocks from his apartment, the police department said.
Another man, 33-year-old Leonard Carlisle, was fatally shot Saturday about 7:50 p.m. at 207th Street and Hillside Avenue in Queens.
Then at 2 a.m. Sunday, four people were shot—including a 27-year-old who died. Other men ages 36, 35, and 31 were seriously injured as well. Also on Sunday, a 34-year-old was fatally shot in Queens Village around 7 a.m.
There was at least one fatal stabbing over the weekend, where an unhoused 49-year-old was stabbed to death in Midtown at West 38th Street and Ninth Avenue about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The man, Pedro Diaz, was sleeping in an area with about a dozen other people near a parking lot, according to the Post.
This weekend's gun violence is down slightly compared to last weekend, when 49 people were shot within 72 hours between August 13th to 15th. Between August 20th and August 22, there were 35 shooting victims in 29 incidents. But though it was fewer than the week prior, shootings are still higher during those dates last year, when 11 people were shot over 10 incidents, according to statistics from the NYPD. At least eight people were murdered between Thursday and Saturday, compared to six during those dates last year.
Homicides have risen from 210 through August 22nd of last year to 275 this year. Shooting incidents rose from 507 to 945 over the same time period between 2019 and 2020, according to the preliminary statistics provided by NYPD. The number of victims rose from 598 to 1,159.
Those mourning gun violence victims have ended up fatally shot themselves. The News reports 18-year-old Malcolm Amede was killed near Prospect Park on Wednesday while walking to a memorial for another man, who was killed while walking to a memorial himself.
Gun violence has risen this summer, as it often does during warmer months. But the rise has been particularly notable in the wake of mass unemployment and the health crisis from COVID-19. Arrests within the NYPD are down, too, though Mayor Bill de Blasio has denied there's a police "slowdown." Murders have been rising across various major U.S. cities this summer.
De Blasio has instead blamed the courts system operating differently during the pandemic, a claim without much evidence that courts officials have disputed. Top cops blame criminal justice reforms, like bail reform and early releases from Rikers Island to protect pre-trial inmates or those held for technical violations from COVID-19 when the virus was ravaging NYC jails, though data contradicts the claims.
In response to the shootings, the NY Post reports NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea is amping up weekend staffing, when most shootings happen.
Two-thirds of cops will be added to weekend shifts, working either Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday in schedules made official by August 31st, according to the internal memo obtained by the Post.
Violence interrupter groups have also gotten another $10 million in funding this summer—but cure violence staffers are vastly outnumbered by police officers.

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NYC Crime Surge Continues: Shootings Up 166% in August Compared to 2019
The wave of violence in the Big Apple continues to rear its ugly head, as New York City saw an increase in overall crime last month compared to the same time in 2019, according to the latest NYPD statistics.

For the month of August 2020, there was a 166% increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city compared to the same time period last year (242 v. 91) as the number of shootings rose in all boroughs except Staten Island. Year-to-date, through August 31, there is a +87% spike in citywide shooting incidents (1,014 compared to 541).

The number of people murdered citywide increased to 53 compared to 36 (+ 47%) this August compared with August 2019.

Meanwhile, the number of robberies increased to 1,276 compared to 1,226 (+4%) and the number of burglaries increased to 1,310 compared to 1,076 (+22%) year-to-date through August 31 citywide. Overall crime for August 2020 increased to 9,093 compared to 9,033 (+0.7%).

In August 2020, gun arrests increased with a total of 359 gun arrests made by the NYPD compared to 357 in August 2019.

There were some positive spots. Rapes decreased by -22% this August over last (126 compared to 162), the data reveals. However, according to the NYPD, rape continues to be underreported. The NYPD asks victims of sexual assault to please come forward by calling the NYPD Special Victims Division's 24-hour hotline at 212-267RAPE (7273).

The NYPD data also reveals that year-to-date, through August 28, citywide hate crimes declined -37% (182 compared to 288).

According to the NYPD, it has made efforts to address the surging violence including shifting officers to areas experiencing upticks in shootings, collecting timely intelligence about crime and criminal conditions and addressing them in real time, a combination of short and long-term investigations to root out the persistent violence perpetrators, and having officers engage with the community at the grassroots level to focus on the problems and solve them locally.

“Despite all the continuing challenges, our NYPD officers are undaunted,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement. “The work of our officers represents the best of the policing profession and it continues as they increasingly engage with all of our community partners to protect life, prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods.”

After another violent weekend in New York City, and during a Monday that saw at least another three shootings across the five boroughs, some local leaders have begun to wonder if the NYPD is actively engaging is some sort of slowdown.

For many New Yorkers, the crime isn't new, and the aftermath is becoming all-too common.

"I've witnessed a lot of funerals happen this summer, to be honest, it's really bad out there," said Chantal Tejeda. "I haven't seen much police action to be honest, and you would think with all the violence coming, but no."

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is similarly disturbed by the uptick in crime — and by what he believes is a deliberate slow down in NYPD response time to 911 calls as a reaction to recent criticism of police.

"When a police officer does a slow down, he's not only endangering the public, he's endangering lives of his colleagues," Adams said.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the highest ranking uniformed officer, disputes the slowdown accusations. Instead, he attributes the rise in violence to other factors such as 2,000 fewer officers patrolling the streets every week, and pointed to the rise in gun arrests over the last month as a sign that no slowdown has been taking place.

He also said there have been thousands of NYPD retirements this year, keeping overall numbers low, and said there are less cops to go around due to the higher number of crime scenes this summer.

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74-year-old woman punched in face after teens snatch purse in East Village: police

Surveillance images of a three teens wanted by police after a 74-year-old woman was robbed and punched in the face in Manhattan's East Village on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, police say.
EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Police are looking for three teens after a woman was assaulted while confronting the teens for taking her purse on a Manhattan street, according to the NYPD.

According to police, the 74-year-old woman was standing on East 14th Street in the East Village around 7 p.m. Thursday when the three unidentified teenagers walked by.
One of the boys snatched the woman's purse and the trio kept walking, officials said.

When the woman noticed her purse was gone and tried to confront them, another boy in the group spun around and sucker punched her in the face, police said.
Surveillance video shows the moment the hit sent the woman falling to the sidewalk as the teens dropped the purse and ran away, fleeing in an unknown direction.

While the woman sustained bruising and swelling to her face, as well as cuts and scrapes to her hands, she refused medical attention, police said.
The NYPD described the first individual as a boy between the ages of 14 and 16 with a thin build and short, dark hair in dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a picture on the front, light-colored sweatpants, and black sneakers.
The second boy was described as between the ages of 16 and 18 with a thin build and short, dark hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, maroon sweatpants, black sneakers and wearing a surgical mask.
The third teen was described as a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 with long black hair. She was last seen wearing a light-colored one-piece jumpsuit, a black sports bra, and red Fila sandals.
The NYPD has released the above surveillance video and images from the incident.


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Black Lives Matter protesters riot in Manhattan, cause $100,000 damage: NYPD

In all the protest caused $100,000 in damage, sources estimated. Two stun guns and smoke grenades were recovered from protestersRobert Mecea
Eight people were arrested Friday night when a group of 150 Black Lives Matter protesters smashed windows and graffitied the storefronts of Lower Manhattan chain stores and banks, police sources said.
At least two Starbucks, five banks and a Duane Reade had their windows busted, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Police recovered two stun guns, smoke grenades, and burglary and graffiti tools.
The protest had been advertised on Twitter by groups calling themselves the “New Afrikan Black Panther Party” and the “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.”
One of the arrested protesters was from Portland, Ore., and another was from Iowa, the sources said.

All were charged with rioting; some were additionally charged with weapons and burglary tool possession.

The protest began at 6 p.m. at Foley Square; protesters lit trash can fires and scrawled graffiti — including the word “Abolition” — as they made their way north.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground,” the group was recorded chanting at one point.
Three of the banks damaged were on Seventh Avenue, between 14th and 20th streets, police sources said.
One source noted that the marchers bypassed the home of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who lives at 15th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Johnson has called for an investigation into counter-protesters who plowed a car into a crowd of BLM protesters in Times Square on Thursday night.
“They’re breaking his neighbors’ windows — how come he’s not calling for an investigation now?” the source asked The Post wryly.
Security footage obtained by NBC4 shows a protester in a balaclava using a tool to smash windows of a shop as others held umbrellas to shield the vandal from view.
“We call on everyone who stood up during the #GeorgeFloyd uprising and all supporters to come out to say #DropTheCharges for all who have fought for our liberation!” wrote one of the groups that organized the event, RAM NYC, while promoting the protest on Twitter late last month

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NEW YORK (AP) — FIVE people, including a 6-year-old boy, were shot during a J’Ouvert celebration in New York early Monday, police said.
News outlets reported the shooting happened as people gathered in the streets for the festivities, which are meant as a celebration of freedom from slavery.
The child's mother was also shot, along with three men, according to news outlets. All five went to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life threatening.
Two men were arrested and two guns were recovered, New York City Police Chief Terence Monahan tweeted. He also called the shooting “senseless” and asked anyone with information to contact police.
J’Ouvert and West Indian Day festivities were scheduled to be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it appeared some people still gathered in person.


With all due respect, David, violence at J'Ouvert is nothing new. Not to excuse it, but why highlight every shooting like it is a sign that NYC is going down the toilet? I can bookmark the Post if I need to.