Mayor Adams Says: NYPD Doing its Job, Judges and Albany have to Do their Parts to Keep Criminals off the Streets
Regardless of how many more cops Mayor Eric Adams deploys to the streets to make arrests, he said: judges are simply letting criminals go free.
Mayor Adams, who touted the fact that the NYPD has removed 2,500 illegal guns since he took office Jan. 1, said that the police officers, who are deployed to the streets in greater numbers, are doing their part.
When the mayor was asked on Friday when New Yorkers can expect to see order restored in a city in which crime increased showed a 34% increase last month, he declined to provide a time frame, but he and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell have previously said their new policies will take a bit of time to work.
“We have to give the new administration a chance to turn things around,” state Sen. Simcha Felder said. “The change is not going to happen overnight. The new administration is performing techias hameisim on the city after what the last administration did in terms of allowing crime.”
The mayor partially blamed the ever-rising crime rates on overly lenient judges who refuse to issue sentences that keep criminals behind bars.
The police officers are catching the guns, catching the bad guys, and by the time the police officers get back on patrol, they see the [same] guys that they just caught,” said Mayor Adams, who NYC judges simply “let the criminals go.”
The mayor also enlisted the help of state government “to stop the flow of guns into our city.
“We need help to make sure that the laws that we are passing are sending the right message that it’s not acceptable to carry guns.
Nevertheless, Mayor Adams said, “The NYPD is going to continue to do its job.”