NEW YORK CITY — The number of guns taken off the streets by the NYPD has fallen to a new low as gun violence jumped since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office this year, DNAinfo New York has learned.
Police statistics show 1,935 guns were seized this year in the city as of Aug. 17 — a 2 percent drop over the same period last year when 1,975 weapons were recovered.
While the decline is not dramatic, it continues a steep four-year downturn that some observers believe is linked to the plunge in stop-and-frisks as well as a reluctance of officers to engage the public since an inspector general was created to monitor the NYPD amid sharp criticism of its actions.
"Some observers"...who are these some "some observers" ?
Notice the inference of the article is the jump in gun violence is attributed to the plunge in stop and frisks...that's not the reason and they only need check out the rest of America where gun ownership is rising while crimes stats are falling.
Perhaps you should put more emphasis on this part "as well as a reluctance of officers to engage the public since an inspector general was created to monitor the NYPD amid sharp criticism of its actions." Look at Feguson Missouri, if I was a cop I would be looking for other work. I do not like the militarized direction our police forces have taken all over the country but at the same time, the public is tying their hands from being able to do their job...even if it means defending themselves.