NEW YORK – Newly released statistics show a big jump in crime last month compared to a year ago.
The NYPD says major crimes grew 22.5% in February compared to the same month last year including a 7.1% increase in shootings. Robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto all saw increases.
The only positive statistic related to murders, which were down 20%. Only 20 people were killed in New York City in February.
Police officials blame criminal justice reforms for the uptick in crime.
The NYPD says that in the first 58 days of 2020, 482 individuals who had already been arrested for committing a felony such as robbery or burglary were rearrested for committing an additional 846 crimes.
WASHINGTON — A whistleblower from the D.C. Police Department is talking openly about the crime underreporting she says she’s witnessed inside the Metropolitan Police Department.
“I was surprised,” said MPD Sergeant Charlotte Djossou. “I didn’t want to believe it.”
Djossou, a 15-year MPD veteran previously honored for her service by Police Chief Peter Newsham, is going public with stunning allegations about what she says is going on in her own department.
She spoke exclusively with WUSA9 investigative reporter Eric Flack.
“You know you have to have courage to sometimes take a stand, for things to change,” Djossou said. “And hopefully this will be the start of a different D.C. Police Department.”