The violence has escalated since late May, coinciding with the riots in response to the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. The data indicates the shooting trend is still accelerating compared to the year before.
In April, 64 were shot in the city, down from 67 in April 2019. In May, 113 were shot, up nearly 55 percent from the same month in 2019. In June, 270 were shot, making for a year-over-year increase of more than 150 percent. In July, 301 were shot, up nearly 160 percent year over year. In August, 310 were shot, up almost 200 percent year over year. In September, so far, 136 were shot, which is up almost 210 percent year over year.
Meanwhile, murder is up 60 percent year over year since May. The city hasn’t seen such levels of violence since the mid-1990s.
The NYPD has blamed the surge in crime on a series of policies that have complicated the department's work.
Last year’s bail reform banned judges from requiring cash bail for most nonviolent and some lower-level violent crimes, resulting in criminals getting quickly back on the street after arrests.
The city also outlawed officers from pressing their knee against a suspect’s back or chest during an arrest.
Some NYPD officers told The Epoch Times on the condition of anonymity that officers are hesitant to arrest resisting suspects, unless they pose a present danger to the officers or the public.
Filings for retirement from the NYPD increased more than 160 percent between May 25 and Aug. 11, compared to the same period in 2019.
On Sept. 24, de Blasio promised that "a number of very specific plans" will be introduced over the coming weeks to address the violence.
The following day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the violence "wholly unacceptable," calling on the city government to "step up and lead."
"If none of them want to lead it, I will find someone to lead it," he said.