Saturday, 28 January, 2023

Hate crimes rise by more than half in New York City

Hate crimes in New York City have risen by 55 per cent since this time last year, police figures show, reports The Independent.


The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the spike was driven by a 94 per cent surge in anti-Semitic hate crimes.


Crimes listed included swastikas appearing on subways and a bomb threat at the Manhattan Anti-Defamation League.


Police said they had since increased patrols at Jewish centres both on a local and national scale. A total of 56 hate crimes were reported in the city as of 12 February this year, up from 31 over the same period last year.


Some 28 cases of anti-Semitism took place – higher than any other category of hate crime.


This is despite an overall drop in crime across the city, with more than 100 fewer shootings and 15 fewer murders than during the same period in 2015-2016.


The surge in hate crimes follows a national trend, in which police say they are fielding increasing reports and concerns.


Speaking to reporters, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attributed the increase to President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric.


“You can’t have a candidate for president single out groups of Americans, negatively, and not have some ramifications for that,” Blasio said, “it’s obviously connected to the election.” He added: “We could lose lives because of this.”


When asked if he blamed President Trump “directly” for the rise in hate crimes, Blasio said: “It’s more complicated than that. It’s not linear. Do I blame Donald Trump for using hate speech during his campaign?