AOC States NYC Crime is Increasing Because of “Economic Desperation”; Fact Checked

Picture above is from the washington post

“Let’s think about it, do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the united states right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the great recession? Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and they’re scared to pay their rent, so they go out and they need to feed their child, and they don’t have money, so you, maybe have to, their put in a position where they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

AOC is implying the economic recession is the reason why NYC is experiencing an uptick in crime. She refers to the unemployment rate. Let’s dig into it;

She’s not wrong about the numbers, as 20 million jobs were lost in April due to the coronavirus lockdown. New York state department of labor reports the city’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 18.3 percent in May 2020, an increase of 3.3 percent from April and a rise of 14.2 percent from May 2019.

It’s important to remember the Trump administration issued an extra $600 weekly in unemployment, bringing the average weekly check to $978 per week nationwide. Furthermore, most adults got a stimulas check of $1,200 + $500 for each child under 16. Also the federal government, state lawmakers and private companies have rolled out forbearance and deferment programs to combat the financial woes caused by layoffs, furloughs and other financial setbacks. The following payments can be deferred Per US News

  • Mortgage payments.
  • Rent payments.
  • Student loan payments.
  • Credit card bills.
  • Bank fees.
  • Car payments.
  • Utility bills.

Our countries economy is suffering, no doubt. But with the added free money and forgiveness resources we’ve been given to survive this pandemic, this suggests that individually we are not suffering as bad as it may seem.

AOC is ignoring the type of crime being commuted

Yes, burglary is up. Quite a bit actually, at 118.2% higher then last year. Whew, that’s a lot but so is the 130.3% increase on shootings. There were 205 citywide shooting incidents in June 2020, compared to 89 shooting incidents in June 2019, a 130.3% increase. Year-to-date, through June 30, there is a +46% spike in citywide shooting incidents (528 v. 362). Also, murder is up +23.1% (181 v. 147) for the first six months of 2020 when compared to the first six months of 2019. Per NYPD

Robbing a store for a loaf of bread is a little different then shooting and killing someone, don’t you think? You could argue that people are shooting the store workers, but that’s simply not the case. As of matter of fact just this weekend was partically very bloody with 15 shootings in 15 hours and none of them was a store clerk.

There’s been several high profile incidents of shootings in NYC recently and none of them have been store clerks or anything related to shooting because they’re “desperately hungry”. Here’s just one example;

So what is it then? Why is crime increasing drastically in not just NYC, but other major cities too?

We can’t give a definite answer on that. It’s important to note that every single city pushing to de-fund police has seen crime spike. It would make sense to use de-funding police as the culprit, but that’s a flawed claim as well because most cities de-funding efforts are just getting started amid the rise in crime, not prior to the rise in crime.

It’s fair to state the Black Lives Matter movement may be contributing, as it’s highly documented the riots and looting costed hundreds of millions of dollars. Criminals could be sensing the weakness from NYPD amid de-funding efforts, and high scrutiny police are constantly under, therefore committing more crimes because they feel a higher likelihood of getting away with it? Just a theory.

Either way, there is no evidence the economic recession is the reason for the increase in crime.

Baltimore Police Release Bodycam Video of Shooting on July 1st, 2020

  • The 33 year old man pulled a gun on police prior to being shot
  • He reportedly suffers from paranoid schizophrenia
  • The same man was naked outside and firing a weapon at vehicles in the area on June 20

In the 26 minute video just released by Baltimore Police Department, the 911 call that prompted the behavioral crisis visit is played followed by the full interaction. At the 25:50 mark in the video, the 33 year old man pulled his gun out and started to aim it at the officers. This is when he was shot.

CBS Baltimore reported, police officers shot and critically injured an armed 33-year-old man during a behavioral crisis call inside a home in the 5800 block of Falkirk Road around 3:25 a.m. During a news conference Thursday morning, police said they were previously called to the area on June 20 when the same man was naked outside and firing a weapon at vehicles in the area.

Officers recovered a firearm at the time, but police did not have a fixed address for his residence and couldn’t go to his home and see if he had any other weapons at the time.

“Before we show you the footage, I want to make it very clear that we understand the high level of public scrutiny that results from any use of force from the Baltimore Police Department and while we understand and accept that, we are committed to conducting a thorough investigation into this incident. Currently the individual is listed in stable condition at a local hospital and while this is an unfortunate incident, we wish the individual and his family a speedy recovery.”

-Police Commissioner Michael Harrison

When officers arrived at the home on July 1, police spoke to the man’s mother-in-law, who linked him to the June 20 incident. She told police she didn’t know if he was armed at the time but that he was in the basement with her daughter.

The woman told police he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

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