December 30 According to a report by Chinese website in the United States, the crime rate in large cities such as New York City has soared due to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic and protests. New York City has recorded 447 homicides so far in 2020, making 2020 the bloodiest year in the city in nearly a decade.
“I can’t imagine a darker period than it is now.” “New York Police Chief Dermot Shea said at the annual briefing on December 29.
The coronavirus epidemic has hit the New York Police Department hard, killing dozens of police officers, and some criminal investigation teams have all been infected. In June, hundreds of police officers have been deployed to maintain the law and order of large-scale protests, and sometimes violent clashes between police and protesters, and shooting incidents have increased.
Although burglary on public transportation has plummeted as the pandemic has led to a sharp decline in commutes, burglary and car theft have surged. Robbery and shootings at small grocery stores have increased during the pandemic.
The report said that the increase in violence in New York is similar to the trend in many major cities in the United States. Although the epidemic has depressed other crime rates, shootings and homicides have increased.
“We have never had a year like this in police law enforcement. We face a global pandemic and the dual challenges of community trust,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the nonprofit Forum for Police Administration Research.
Despite the increase in the crime rate, the number of cases detected by the police has decreased. Police Department records show that the New York police detected 26.3% of serious crimes in the second quarter, down from 35.8% in the same period in 2019.” I think the coronavirus had an impact earlier this year when we had a large number of people out of office.” Shea said.
In addition, as the epidemic forced the courts to operate in a virtual form, the hearing of many cases has stalled.