Friday, June 18, 2021
New York City crime is surging after decades on the decline because of “disastrous” liberal criminal justice reforms, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday.
“They passed a series of criminal justice reform laws and bail reform that have proven disastrous,” Bratton told host John Catsimatidis on WABC Radio’s “The Cats Roundtable.”
Shootings have soared across the five boroughs by nearly 70 percent so far in 2021, according to recent NYPD figures. Murders have risen nearly 12 percent so far this year, too, but compared to 2019, that figure rockets to nearly 50 percent, according to NYPD.
Bratton, who served as top cop under both mayors Rudy Giuliani and Bill de Blasio, called efforts “to fix a lot of stuff that do not need to be fixed” a “principle” cause of the spike in criminal activity, along with the “incredible” proliferation of illegal guns.