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NYPD Blames Occupy Wall Street for a Jump in Gun Crimes

Occupy Wall Street cause gun crimes to jump higher in New York City? That’s
what the NYPD is sayin’:

Four high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters,
saying their rallies pull special crime-fighting units away from the
hot zones where they’re needed.

Since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17,
the NYPD has relied heavily on its borough task forces, the department’s
go-to teams for rowdy crowds.

But such protest duty takes the special units away from their
regular jobs — patrolling public housing and problem spots and staking
out nightclubs plagued by violence, supervisors said.

“Normally, the task force is used in high-crime neighborhoods
where you have a lot of shootings and robberies,” said one source.

“They are always used when there are spikes in crime as
a quick fix. But instead of being sent to Jamaica, Brownsville and the
South Bronx, they are in Wall Street.”

(Photo: David Shankbone/Wikipedia)

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October 26th, 2011

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