BROOKLYN, NY: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader, released the following statement after newly released numbers show significant drops in violent and overall crime in New York City.

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER WILLIAMS

“Six years ago, we said that it was possible to have better policing, safer streets, and a new, more effective way to combat gun violence. At the time, many dismissed these ideas, or worse, contributed to a cacophony of misinformation and hysteria about the common sense policies that had been put forth.”

“Today’s announcement serves as further validation that we were right then, and we’re right now. Ending the abuse of stop question and frisk, curtailing bias-based policing, engaging officers with the communities they serve, and addressing gun violence in a human way, in the neighborhoods most impacted, have each had a profound impact on crime in our city. Murders have dropped 13% in just the last year, and shooting incidents have dropped by 20%. Overall, crime has dropped over 5% since 2016 alone.”

“These are not abstract numbers, but real, human lives that are being saved as a result of the practices, policies and programs now in place. A great deal of thanks is need for all of those who have worked on these issues and supported these reforms, including my colleagues on the Council, Commissioner O’Neill, and Mayor de Blasio.”

“Clearly, an immense debt of gratitude is owed to all of the dedicated people on the ground who are interrupting and combating violence every day as a part of the Crisis Management System and all of the groups it encompasses. At a time when cities across New York State are confronted with devastating gun crime, it is essential that this system be implemented statewide.”

“In New York City, we are demonstrating what works to make our citizenry safer. In this moment, when a tyrannical President of the United States refers to our cities as ‘hell,’ and the Attorney General seeks to punish localities that refuse to adhere to indefensible, ineffective, and inhumane policies, it could not be more crucial that other cities, states, and the nation look to the reforms that we have enacted as a model for progress. Policing abuse remains a systemic issue in our nation, and gun violence remains both a moral and a public health crisis, but the gains we have seen in New York City are reasons for hope and resolve. There is immense work left to be done, but results like this give us the strength to do that work. “

 

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