Brooklyn Leaders Call for Return of Plainclothes Officers

Following a string of deadly shootings, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling to bring back the Anti-Crime unit which was responsible for getting guns off the streets.

By reporter

Brooklyn community leaders are calling on Mayor Bill Deblasio to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city.

Following the deadly shooting of a one-year-old boy on Sunday night, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams criticized the decision to completely disband the unit which was responsible for getting guns off the streets.

“I think that a total elimination is something we need to reevaluate,” Adams said, “Right now, bad guys are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you want.”

New York City is experiencing a spike in shootings in the past few weeks.

This morning at around 2:10 a.m. one person was killed and five others injured in a shooting on President Street near Franklin Avenue. This comes after multiple shootings were reported near Crown Heights over the weekend.

Data from the NYPD shows that only 29 people arrested for illegal gun possession in the week ending July 5, over a 50% drop from last year. Shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.

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