NYPD Commissioner says over half of hate crimes target Jews and Asians, cites liberal policy

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New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that more than half of the skyrocketing hate crimes in New York City target Jewish and Asian residents, citing the “mass amounts” of people who land back on the streets since bail reform was passed.

“What we are seeing is anti-Asian really increasing both by percentage and the raw number. I think when you look at anti-Semitic and anti-Asian, that’s over 50 percent of all of the hate crimes in New York City,” Shea said Wednesday on WPIX 11. 

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea speaks to the media during the New York Marathon ceremonial finish line painting in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri 

There was a 361% increase in crimes targeting Asians in the city alone, according to the data, with 129 incidents this year compared to 28 last year. 

Anti-Semitic hate crimes are up 51%, from 121 in 2020 to 183 in 2021. 

“It’s the same old song in terms of what we’re seeing. We’re seeing a little bit of mental illness. We’re seeing just disregard for common decency,” Shea continued Wednesday of the increase. 

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“When you have mass amounts of people put back on the streets that have traditionally been held in jail, you’re seeing some of that permeate here as well. I mean, that’s just a fact. It’s a fact that people don’t want to talk about, but when you … have people that have no regard for others, and expecting them to change their behavior dramatically. It’s not working out,” he added. 

In 2019, New York lawmakers passed sweeping changes to the state’s bail laws that restrict crimes where judges can set bail. 

Shea is set to retire from his post at the end of the year and said the biggest challenge his successor will face are the “series of reforms” that were recently put in place.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, left, speaks alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio during a news conference in New York. New York City’s police department is disbanding NYPD’s anti-crime unit, the controversial unit involved in Eric Garner’s 2014 chokehold death, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday, June 15, 2020 amid a nationwide reckoning for policing in the wake of George Floyd’s death last month in Minneapolis  .(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

“This series of reforms that were done. That we said you know, we support but that were done hastily, and done without the input of law enforcement, and we’re dealing with it still today,” Shea said on NY1 Tuesday. “That’s got to be the number one issue there’s no doubt because it’s, as I just said, it’s the city that we all love so much. And to see it pulled down in many ways is, is really hard to watch.”

“It’s almost as if we’re still in a state of denial, many of the legislators. And this is the number one issue that the next mayor is going to have to face and the next police commissioner is going to have to face, because everything is built on public safety.”

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