By Robert Press
For the November crime statistics Mayor Bill de Blasio brought his new police commissioner back to his first command the 44th precinct, at the New Settlement Community Center to announce the eleven month crime stats. Police Commissioner Shea began by naming his replacement the new Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, and new Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo.
Some key takeaways from the crime stats were that over crime is down 1.3 percent citywide, but in November 2019 there were 20 murders citywide compared to 16 in November 2018. Year to date 2019 there were 299 murders citywide compared to 275 for 2018. GLA better know as car theft is up 8 percent as people are leaving their cars running as they go into stores. Cars are being stolen with pets, children, and in one case a grandmother inside Chief of Crime Control Strategies Lori Pollock said.
When I questioned Police Commissioner Shea about what his NCO officers had said at a local community meeting about the new state ‘No Cash Bail’ reform law, the commissioner first said that the NYPD was for reform, but there were some concerns about some of the reforms. He added they are worried about public safety, before calling on Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters Ernest Hart to follow up. Deputy Commissioner Hart said that the reform was more a discovery issue as opposed that a suspect can go into a persons home. The matter of whether a suspect can go to the scene of a crime is up to the district attorney to get a restraining order or order of protection he said which is built into the new law. The new law is to get information to the defense not access to victims or access to a victims home. The NYPD is doing training with the District Attorney’s, and members of the NYPD, as well as the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
Mayor de Blasio received a barrage of questions that came out of a Department of Investigation scathing report of housing homeless people in New Jersey towns and cities. The mayor tried to defend the city policy, but wound up saying that since the city is being sued on the matter in some New Jersey towns and cities he could not comment further.