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Saturday’s Times Square Shooting May Mark a Crossroads for NYC

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Saturday’s Times Square Shooting May Mark a Crossroads for NYC

New York Post May 13, 2021
Urban PolicyNYC
Policing & Public SafetyAll

Last year in New York City, murders rose 45 percent and shootings 97 percent, numbers that have continued to rise in 2021. But New Yorkers don’t need statistics to understand that the city’s descent into chaos is accelerating. Saturday’s brazen shooting in Times Square — in which three innocent bystanders were shot, including a 4-year-old girl — may well mark a crossroads.

During New York’s bad old days, the Crossroads of the World and its pornographic theaters attracted “an unsavory and increasingly criminal crowd,” as William J. Stern, former head of the Urban Development Corporation, observed. “By the eighties, things got worse still, with an amazing 2,300 crimes on the block in 1984 alone, 20 percent of them serious felonies such as murder or rape,” he noted. Times Square’s situation suggested a city spinning out of control.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Craig Trainor is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in New York City. Adapted from City Journal.

Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images

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