AOC blames the economy for New York crime wave, not New York police cuts

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez strangely claimed Sunday that hungry New Yorkers who stole bread were behind a “rise in crime” in the city, despite the fact that overall crime has decreased, while shooting and murders have skyrocketed.

“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there is record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic despair that we haven’t seen since the great recession? she said at a town hall on Thursday, a clip of which was shared by The Hill on Twitter on Sunday.

“Perhaps this has to do with the fact that people do not pay their rent and are afraid to pay it. And then they go out and need to feed their children and they have no money. So maybe you have to: they are placed in a position where they feel they need to steal some bread or go hungry that night. “

The divisive representative shot down claims that a reduced New York police budget has led to further chaos, arguing that Gotham was falling before the department’s budget was cut on July 1.

Keep in mind that this increase in crime that is happening right now is on a budget of $ 6 billion from the New York City Police Department. We have invested more and more money in the NYPD. It has not prevented this increase in crime, “she said at a city hall on Thursday, a clip of which was shared by The Hill on Twitter on Sunday.

While shootings and killings have soared this year, overall crime has decreased. Just over 1,300 fewer minor crimes have been reported this year, for a 3 percent reduction from 2019, according to New York Police data.

Ocasio-Cortez also criticized New York police for blaming bail reform for the increase in shootings in the city, as he appeared to cite an exclusive Post report discrediting the false claim.

Despite 528 shootings through June 30, 46 percent more than last year, only one person released under the new law was charged in a shooting.


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