NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has a new plan to combat gun violence following another violent weekend in New York City.
At least 45 people were shot, eight fatally, since Friday.
Caution tape went up Sunday around the Howard Houses on Stone Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Police said a 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and later died at the hospital.
It’s not how the community wanted to start their workweek, CBS2’s John Dias reported.
“It don’t make no sense for them to be hurting each other like that, killing each other,” one person said.
Neighbors said they heard at least six gunshots.
Police still don’t know who the shooter was, or why it happened.
“How we living, this is not living,” said Monique Hines, an East New York resident.
Hines said community members are living in fear.
“Kids can’t even come outside, and can’t go to the park. We can’t do nothing no more. We can’t live how we want to live because people want to shoot up,” she said.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea is now changing officers’ schedules to put more cops on the street on weekends, in an apparent move to fight the uptick in shootings.
Two-thirds of uniformed officers below the rank of sergeant will shift to a Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday-Saturday schedule.
“This is something that we had to do. It gives us a little bit of flexibility,” said Shea. “I’m starting to feel like a business struggling to survive here and, you know, we’re doing what we can with the resources we have and making sure that it’s all hands on deck.”
“The New York City police department had one of the lowest crime rates for the last, I don’t know, 20, 30 years of all the cities in America, the major cities of that size, until recently,” said Brian Boyd, a security and intelligence expert.
Boyd told CBS2 the downside to schedule changes is fewer police services for less violent crimes during the week.
“I think it’s a real rough decision. There isn’t much choice. You have to shift resources, but it’s a catch-22. You don’t have enough money, you have to move the police around and you gotta make the program work,” said Boyd.
According to an internal memo, the schedule changes must be hammered down by the end of the month.
The Police Benevolent Association was angered by the move, releasing a statement that said more work is being requested of officers while resources are being stripped by elected leaders.
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