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NYPD Wintertime Blues: City Crime Spikes for Second Consecutive Month

Posted 3/5/20

With crime numbers spiking for the second successive month, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea once again resolutely blamed the state’s new bail and discovery laws for the increases.

Although murders dropped 20 percent, with 20 killings recorded in February compared to 25 during the same month last year, and rapes also declined, to 125, compared to 133 in February 2019, “that’s where the good news ends,” Mayor de Blasio said at the department’s monthly crime briefing March 5.

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