NYC gun violence over the Father’s Day/Juneteenth weekend exploded with 33 people being shot, and 20 seeing shots fired in just six hours.
“It’s only going to get worse,” a veteran NYPD detective in Manhattan told reporters of the bloodshed. “Unless the [Manhattan] DA starts enforcing these gun laws, this violence will continue, and it’s going to be total anarchy in the summer.”
A shooting in Harlem killed a college basketball player and injured eight people early Monday. Darius Lee, 21, were shot near the intersection of East 139th Street and Fifth Avenue around 12:40 a.m. Monday, according to the NYPD. He later died of his wounds.
It’s Father’s Day weekend,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters early Monday. “It’s a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families.
“The emboldened individuals responsible for this are exactly who our officers are battling every day to make our city safe,” she said.
In an exclusive interview with The Post, a Manhattan detective, with two decades on the job, ripped borough DA Alvin Bragg for his alleged soft-on-crime policies that have included not seeking bail or prison time for most defendants and downgrading certain felonies to misdemeanors.
“Gov. [Kathy] Hochul needs to remove Alvin Bragg. The criminals know to come to Manhattan because they know they’re going home after they’re arrested,” the source said.
The detective added, “You can’t put a band-aid on a bullet wound. We don’t have enough personnel.
Many want to point the finger also at former Mayor Bill de Blasio for his progressive push to defund the police.
“And any cop who came out in the past eight years? We call them the eight-year cops. They came out under [de Blasio], are the soft cops, and you can’t blame them. That’s the way they were trained. They want to negotiate everything, and you can’t negotiate with criminals.
“This is a physical job, and sometimes you have to get physical. When you got physical under de Blasio, you would get your gun and shield taken. At least Eric’s letting the police police. But it’s eight years of a mess that [de Blasio] created that has to be unfolded.”
Many will say that de Blasio is the father of all this raging gun violence. Happy Father’s Day Bill.