Gun violence rises 46% in heat wave

Short tempers, high temperatures, blamed for in NYC

NEW YORK (UPI) | July 3, 2012



"With less cops, massive retirement looming and violence on the rise in the city, it's gonna be a long, hot summer"

—NYPD Officer


New York City police said victims of gun violence have risen 46 percent in a week, blaming sweltering heat and a police force stretched too thin.

"Warm weather means shorter tempers, and the people know that police are doing less stop-and-frisks, so more people carry guns," one officer told the New York Post, referring to a controversial police practice.

The stop-and-frisk policy has recently drawn scrutiny from the Civilian Complaint Review Board, saying it targets minorities, prompting NYPD officials to ease up. However, many officers, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, say they believe the practice is crucial in stopping crime before it happens.

"With less cops, massive retirement looming and violence on the rise in the city, it's gonna be a long, hot summer," another officer said.

The Post reported 60 people were shot last week, compared to 41 during the same week last year. However, officers say homicides and narcotics arrests have decreased compared to last year. Despite the silver lining, the overall crime rate is still up by 4 percentage points.

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