NYPD Says Release of Gun Suspects Has Fueled Shooting Spike

The NYPD says released people suspected of gun-related crimes is a bad idea. (Photo: Public domain)

Nearly 90 percent of suspects thought to have committed gun-related crimes in New York City have been released back onto the streets, a policy the New York Police Department says has fueled a crime spike that has left more than 1,756 dead or wounded.

The New York Post reports that about 3,345 of the 3,793 suspects arrested between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30 for firearms crimes were let go, many of whom were released under a new policy that prohibits judges from setting monetary bail on some “non-violent” gun-possession charges.

The NYPD says the new rule is behind the rising rates of gun violence in the Big Apple.

“We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons … but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday

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Shea reported that shootings have climbed to 1,433 and are on track to reach a 14-year high by the end of 2020.

The NYPD told The NY Post that of the 3,793 arrested in the first 11 months of the year on gun charges, 247 of them were accused of new crimes within just 60 days of their initial gun arrest. Among the suspects in this year’s gun-related crimes, 40 percent have been caught with a gun previously.

Experts says this “revolving door” policy is certainly part of why the city has seen a spike in gun-related crime rates.  

“If an individual is willing to shoot someone, why are we giving them a chance to do it again?” asked John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor and retired NYPD detective sergeant Joseph Giacalone, who added sarcastically, “It’s not like we are up nearly 100 percent in shootings or anything.

“I can hear reformers argue that most shooters haven’t [committed new crimes]. Tell that to the victims’ families,” he told the Post.

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In one example reported by the Post, a 17-year-old named Aizhan Paul was arrested on September 6 when police spotted him with an open container of alcohol and found a loaded handgun in his fanny pack. But he was released following his arraignment and arrested just over a month later for shooting a 19-year-old in the chest.

The movement to end monetary bail has gained steam in recent months as part of the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd. Along with seeking to outlaw monetary bail, these activists work to raise money to pay bail for BLM protestors and looters. Vice-President-elect and avowed anti-gunner Kamala Harris encouraged her followers on Twitter to donate to one such fund in June.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ej harbet December 27, 2020, 4:01 pm

    And people wonder why I love the new movie Greenland,,,,,

  • Charles Jennings December 20, 2020, 2:27 pm

    Hang every Politician, Judge,or attorney involved with the release of dangerous criminals, On The Spot,for defying their oath of office. They are Traitors.

  • Bob Clark December 19, 2020, 4:43 pm

    Didn’t see that coming (roll eyes).

  • John Boutwell December 19, 2020, 1:47 pm

    There is no sense of right and wrong in much of the black/ minorities communities, the good news is they tend to cull their own herd.

  • ronald d hewitt December 19, 2020, 1:17 pm

    Find out who is responsible for the policy change and put them in jail !! Dah

  • Hank Booher December 18, 2020, 11:52 am

    You could be missing the bigger picture. The progressives have a plan here. They will use this “increase in ‘gun’ violence” to call for harsh new anti-gun laws. The Dems and their media co-conspirators ignore the true cause of the violence, and will instead blame gun owners, the NRA “terrorists”, and conservative policies.
    This scenario will be repeated, throughout the country, as part of their 4 year plan. The ultimate goals are bankrupting the firearms industry, and attempting to confiscate guns from private citizens.
    All based on ignoring and suppressing the truth, and repeating their lies over and over in the media.

  • El Zorro December 18, 2020, 11:34 am

    “If an individual is willing to shoot someone, why are we giving them a chance to do it again?”

    Let’s put this quote somewhere on the dust cover of the soon to be published non-fiction best seller: “The Destruction of The United States of America”

  • Streamliner707 December 18, 2020, 11:28 am

    If something isn’t done soon with NYC, what will stop a constant exodus by lawful citizens?
    -Taxes are horrendous.
    -You are not safe. The stats bear that out.
    -COVID has proven that many people can work remotely, thus lessening the need for a commute to an office.
    -High crime, liberal policies and high taxes will suck the vitality out of the city, which then kills other jobs down the line.

  • George December 18, 2020, 7:34 am

    Of course It’s going to get get worse. Blue State Demonrat Communists hope it gets worse. Just as History should have taught us how Hitler gained power. Let the criminals raise H***, then offer a solution to end violence. Wipe out the criminals, then strip We the People of our remaining Rights. It’s the Demonrats Big Picture Show Folks..

    • No1Hunter December 18, 2020, 8:40 am

      Yup, that is the plan.

  • joe December 18, 2020, 5:30 am

    I love it when New Yorkers shoot each other.

    • Big Al 45 December 18, 2020, 9:24 am

      You are so unkind, many of those shot may have been just average people.
      Gang bangers shooting one another often spills onto the innocent, especially with drive bys and other cowardly acts.

      • joe December 18, 2020, 10:49 am

        They voted the a holes into office. You get what you vote for.

        • Ej harbet December 27, 2020, 4:06 pm

          Everytime I see a ny plate in my state I wish had the ability to play a banjo

  • SuperG December 16, 2020, 10:35 am

    It’s going to get worse, too. If a criminal knows he/she isn’t going to be punished, they’ll just do more crime. We have a large population of sociopaths in this country who just do not care about anything or anybody, but what they want.

    • michael December 18, 2020, 4:28 am

      yeah it’s not rocket science is it ? Meanwhile the police are fining people who just want to open their businesses. Staten Island lockdown. One gentleman has over a $ million in fines.

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