NYC mayor announces new initiative after uptick in shootings

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new Central Brooklyn Violence Prevention Plan initiative in an effort to address the increase in shootings.

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2020, 9:13 PM

Updated 1,410 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new Central Brooklyn Violence Prevention Plan initiative in an effort to address the increase in shootings. 
There were another 10 shootings reported in the city Tuesday night, with half of them in Brooklyn. Then in Crown Heights Wednesday morning, six more people were reported shot. One of them was killed. 
The mayor addressed the growing issue with the new initiative that will increase police presence in Crown Heights and in Bed-Stuy, where 1-year-old Davell Gardner was killed. 
The community will also occupy known "hot spots," seven locations in total, with peace marches led by clergy and community members. Open streets will include resource fairs to get information out to the public. 
Mobile trauma units will also be available for support. 
"This plan has a twofold core to it, one, increased targeted NYPD mobilization. Two, community mobilization. community members, community leaders, community organizations, out in the streets, making their presence felt, reaching young people in new ways,” said de Blasio. 
“Where there is an uptick in crime, we're gonna have an uptick in services and really flood those areas with the necessary services because what we understand is that while there are depraved individuals who are pulling the trigger, society is responsible for the bullets that were loaded into that gun,” said de Blasio. 
In addition, Bed-Stuy’s Anti-Gun Task Force will have their first meeting next week.


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