Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police
Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was
eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city.
About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be
transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing
neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The
anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the
streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, one of the African-American
voices calling for action on gun violence, criticized the police
force’s decision to completely disband the unit. He deplored the
recent deadly shooting of a one-year-old, one of the victims of New
York City’s recent spike in gun violence.
“I think that a total elimination is something we need to
reevaluate,” Adams said, CBS New York reported. “Right now, bad guys
are saying if you don’t see a blue and white you can do whatever you
Tony Herbert, an activist in New York’s black community, agreed
and lamented the rise in violence, criticizing New York officials for
their failure to address the situation.
“The guns keep going off and now we have a 1-year-old and the
blood is on the hands of the mayor and the state Legislature,” Herbert
Everyone with a brain and actual police experience warned them that
this was going to happen. Loudly. And often. And they still did it.
Stupidity should be painful. They deserve to get what they begged
for....good and hard.