More than five hundred people have been shot in New York City so far this year, but the city is considering cutting the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) budget by as much as $1 billion.
Through Saturday, shootings have surpassed the five hundred mark, with 17 taking place on Saturday alone, local affiliate ABC 7 reports:
“17 shootings occurred in New York City Saturday, highlighting an alarming rise in gun violence across the City. Through Saturday, the City has seen more than 500 shootings year to date. Gun violence has ramped up considerably this month. Between June 19-27, 83 shootings happened, injuring or killing 112 people.”
There were 100 shootings in May and at least 58 shootings in the week leading up to the last weekend, while the city’s homicide rate has hit a five-year high, increasing 42% year-to-date. Still, the city is considering proposals to make a drastic cut in the NYPD budget CBS affiliate WLNY reports:
“This is happening as city government debates whether to slash the department’s budget by up to $1 billion to reallocate funding to youth outreach and other education programs.”