Crime Soars in NYC’s Wealthy Upper East Side as Democrats Move to Defund Police

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the media during a press conference at City Hall on January 3, 2020 in New York City. The NYPD will take actions to protect the city and residents against any possible retaliation after the deadly US …
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Crime is soaring in New York City’s Upper East Side, home to many of America’s billionaires, as Democrats, including Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), continue their efforts to defund the police.

New York City’s Upper East Side, overseen by NYPD’s 19th Precinct, has seen a tremendous uptick in criminal activity over the last month. According to the precinct, they have experienced a “significant uptick in robberies” over the course of the last month, representing a 286 percent increase from 2019.

As of August 3, the precinct reported 14 gunpoint robberies to date. Last year, the area only saw four:

The 19th Precinct revealed that three of those robberies — all separate — occurred within a one-hour period, ending with three arrests:

As Fox News noted, “Many of the areas hit during Saturday night’s spree are only a stone’s throw from where the ultra-wealthy are said to live.” That includes billionaire financier Henry Kravis, as well as billionaire hedge fund managers John Paulson and Glenn Dubin. One of the gunpoint robberies occurred a block away from Kravis’s home.

The uptick in crime in portions of the city’s Upper East Side coincides with the general surge in crime across the city. Shootings have increased exponentially, as reported by Breitbart News on July 22:

Over the last week in New York City, shooting incidents have skyrocketed by 220 percent compared to the same week last year, increased by 194.1 percent compared to the same 28-day period last year, and increased 68.6 percent year-to-date compared to 2019.

The number of shooting victims has hiked tremendously due to the spike in shootings. Compared to the same week last year, there are 200 percent more shooting victims in New York City.

When compared to the same 28-day period last year, shooting victims have increased by more than 199 percent and compared to the same year-to-date as 2019, there are 77.5 percent more shooting victims today.

July 11-12 was a particularly violent weekend in the city, seeing over two dozen shootings that left dozens injured and a one-year-old dead:

Over that weekend, Sunday specifically, “NYC residents had a higher chance of getting shot than dying from coronavirus,” Breitbart News found.

The first weekend of August also saw violent crime soar, with the city seeing 16 shootings and 20 victims, followed by seven shootings on Monday.

As Breitbart News detailed:

The shootings and subsequent injuries on Sunday and Monday in de Blasio’s New York City come one day after the city reached 777 shootings for the year, which surpassed the total number of shootings for all of 2019.

The surge in violent crime comes as Democrat leaders increase their calls to defund the police. In June, NYPD effectively disbanded its anti-crime units, which focused on getting illegal weapons off the streets, and reassigned them to different tasks.

“They have done an exceptional job, but I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. “We can move away from brute force.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has also surrendered to the far-left’s cries for defunding the police, slashing $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget.

Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke to Breitbart News Daily on Tuesday, stated that “we’re not going to defund the police.”

“We’re going to fund law enforcement,” he said. “We’re going to back the blue, even while we work to improve public safety and improve the lives of all of the families in our cities, all of the minority families, African American, Hispanic American, and every family impacted by the scourge of violence that’s frankly gone on for too long in too many American cities.”


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