Leftist efforts to defund the police in New York City are bearing fruit. Just not anything even remotely beneficial to New Yorkers.

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Fox News picks up the story, “Shootings have spiked 127% in New York City this year, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to get it under control, but city officials say liberal pushes to defund the police have hindered the NYPD’s ability to keep the city safe…The city, however, disagrees, with de Blasio backing a city council vote in July to slash the police budget by $1 billion. Crime has only worsened in recent months and police response times have grown. Compared to September 2019, shootings last month jumped to 152 from 67, murders increased citywide from 51 to 29, and burglaries climbed to 1,255 from 912, according to the latest New York City Police Department’s crime report released at the beginning of October.”

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“Defunding the police is perhaps the worst idea in NYC government history,” Democrat NYC Councilman Robert Holden told media, “We can’t legislate using fashionable slogans that fit on protest signs. It hurts every New Yorker. The NYPD are the gold standard for law enforcement around the world. Any issues that need to be addressed require more training, which costs money…there is definitely a correlation between recent social justice reforms and ballooning crime statistics in the city. We have had well over 1,000 shootings this year. The deadly combination of closing Rikers, getting rid of cash bail, defunding the police and putting them under the fear of going to jail if they need to apprehend a violent suspect are all part of a pro-crime atmosphere that emboldens violent criminals.” And this is coming from a New York City Democrat.

The police union leader also commented, “Despite the unparalleled challenges they face every day, our officers continue to engage with the community and zero in on the drivers of crime,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Shea has criticized budget cuts that have forced the police to cut 2,500 officers with no plans of a new class of officers from the academy. In late September Shea told Maria Bartiromo that the cuts, which eliminated $352 million in overtime, was a “double whammy” to the city when combined with the annual increase in crime that usually happens during the summer months. This is the situation now. It’s going to get worse.