As gun mayhem soars across the city — taking the lives of innocent bystanders and injuring scores of people — cops have cut back on arrests and summonses of all kinds, NYPD data shows.
Amid violence that recalls the crack era of the 1980s and early 1990s, cops made 6,337 arrests in the 28 days leading up to Monday — down 62% from the 16,676 arrests made in the same period of 2019.
Arrests dropped off even more precipitously last week, when cops made 1,481 busts — down 68% from the same period in 2019.
Sixty people were shot last week, police data show — an increase of 253% over the 17 shooting victims reported in the same week in 2019.
But cops made just 21 arrests in gun cases — down 72% from the 74 arrests reported in the same week of 2019.