NYC gun arrests up, convictions down

A scathing report was released this week by NYPD union showing just how broke the criminal justice system is when it comes to New York City gun violence.

In the report from the NYPD’s Lieutenants Benevolent Association it showed that beginning in Jan. 2021, city police have arrested 4,456 criminals on gun charges, which averages out to a dozen arrests per day.

Yet of the 4,456 arrests, only 711 persons were convicted of a crime with 698 of those accepting plea bargains on lesser charges. That means 84% of criminals caught with an illegal gun were not prosecuted to any extent under the law.

Also looking at these statistics, less than 2% of the known convictions were actually on gun-related charges, with the majority pleading down to lesser charges.

“In addition, there are currently 1,784 open criminal cases for those arrested for illegally possessing a firearm,” the report cites. “Even more disturbing is the fact that 1,243 of the 4,456 people arrested for illegally possessing a firearm had their cases dismissed.”

Between lack of prosecution or turnstile justice, it is no wonder that New York City is under siege right now when it comes to shootings. Where is the penalty for carrying an illegal firearm?

It may be on the streets where a dozen guns a day on average are confiscated, but the perps walk out hours later only to procure a new weapon. That sounds like a excellent supply and demand problem for illegal arms dealers.

The report concludes with this open-ended question, “Now, if this is how gun arrest are being addressed — with little to no criminal accountability and no real repercussions for the offender — how do you think the District Attorneys and courts are processing those arrested for robbery, burglary, assault, turnstile jumping, etc.?

Well, I think we all know the answer to that question.