Gun violence in New York City is on the rise. Since January, the number of shooting victims has increased by 11.8 percent compared to the same period last year. And the most recent NYPD Compstat data shows an even more dramatic rise in the past few weeks, with 120 people shot from May 19 through June 15 compared to 92 last year, an increase of 30.4 percent.
The question is why? One argument is that the use of the controversial practice of stop, question and frisk has been drastically reduced. The practice as it was being used was ruled unconstitutional last year and in 2014 stops are down around 90 percent and gun confiscations have also dropped.
But Police Commissioner William Bratton says that the reform of stop and frisk is unrelated to the increase in shootings and also notes that overall homicides are down significantly. New York City Councilmember Robert Cornegy agrees and told MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman that “The stop question and frisk and the reduction of that does not correlate to the increase or the uptick in gun violence. When stop, question and frisk was in full effect, less than one percent yielded…a weapon.”
Watch our interview with Councilmember Cornegy and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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