Following several weeks of anti-cop protests and an increase in anti-police rhetoric from both politicians and sports figures alike, New York City saw a record number of civilian shootings during the fourth of July weekend. The uptick followed a trend of major cities across the country seeing a steep rise in shootings over the last couple of weeks.
The city had 39 people shot, with three killed in a 48 hour period over the holiday weekend. The first man, a 20-year-old, was shot around 10 am in the chest in Harlem and died. A second 20-year-old male was shot in the chest at 12:45 Sunday morning in Brooklyn and was taken to the hospital where he later died. A 20-year-old male was shot in the back in Harlem around 2:45 am Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital conscious but died later in the day on Sunday.
“It was going so well,” a city resident said of the calm leading up to fourth of July weekend. “The only thing they were running from where the fireworks.” The resident asked to remain anonymous.
Several victims remained in critical condition, and the victims age range between 16 to 31. The violent weekend follows an extremely violent month of June where there were 236 shootings following the NYPD disbanding the anti-crimes unit. The ant-crime unit was a unit of officers in the NYPD who focused on violent street crime. The unit was disbanded following pressure from city politicians.
“I feel like we’re giving the streets back to the criminals,” said Hazel Thomas, whose son was fatality shot at a house party in June. “They shouldn’t have disbanded it,” Ms. Thomas continued, “Whatever the problems they have address it. But don’t disband the unit. Many lives would have been saved, not just my son.”
New York wasn’t the only city to have a record number of shootings over the fourth of July weekend. Chicago saw 87 people shot with 17 people killed in a 48-hour period starting early Saturday morning.