Public Advocate Jumaane Williams proposes strategies to help curb violence
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is proposing strategies he believes can help curb violence across the city.
An uptick in shootings and gun violence has prompted President Donald Trump to threaten sending in federal forces. Some say the solution is getting the community involved in the conversation.
Shootings in New York City are up 220% in the past week, compared to the same seven days last year, according to the NYPD.
Williams is proposing strategies like asking the NYPD to share COMPStat crime data with city agencies and neighborhood partners.
He is also requesting crisis management programs at the community level. Williams is also calling on police to continue their work, despite talk of a slowdown within the force amid budget cuts and new legislation.
It's a suggestion Commissioner Dermot Shea pushed back against during an interview with News 12’s Katie Lusso earlier this week.
“Money is money, and why do we feel more comfortable to send police handcuffs and summons reports when we could spend money to help the lives of people to help the lives of people in a way that's improving to reduce gun violence,” said Williams.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that $22 million was stripped from the NYPD budget that will go toward building three new NYCHA community centers, with one in the Bronx and another in Brooklyn.
On Wednesday, the mayor threatened to take President Donald Trump to court if he sends federal officers to New York City, like those in Portland, Oregon.
“I've sent this letter today to the Attorney General and the Acting Homeland Security Secretary, making clear formally that the presence of these federal officials and these federal offers is not welcome in New York City and not needed here,” said de Blasio.