Gothamist — PBA President Politicizes Shooting Of Officer In The Bronx, Blaming Mayor’s Crimefighting Policies

by David Cruz
January 27, 2021

The shooting of an NYPD officer allegedly at the hands of a 24-year-old man in the Bronx angered the president of the Police Benevolent Association, who appeared to blame the shooting on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s crimefighting policies. …

… “This is not the first time Pat Lynch has said something ridiculous about the good people who put themselves in harms way to stop shootings in their own communities,” Neidhart said. “The Cure Violence Movement has been a success, and its success will only grow as we continue to invest in this community-driven program to reduce crime without ballooning incarceration rates.”

But notwithstanding Lynch’s comments of an NYPD hamstrung by policy, the majority of shootings remain unsolved for 2020, according to the NY Post. Shea told the Post that the lack of witness cooperation drove that figure.

Cure Violence models have expanded across since 2010, with 17 precincts in high-crime areas having adopted the program. Early this year, the program was expanded to the 43rd Precinct, where Tuesday’s shooting occurred. A 2020 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that shootings continually decreased as the number of Cure Violence programs increased across the city.

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