Eric Adams: 80% of NYC gun suspects launched from custody after arrest

More than 80% of the pistols were packed in perps put back on the streets Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday after he was arrested for gun possession in New York earlier this year.

“When it comes to guns, 2,386 people have been arrested with guns this year. Of those, approximately 1,921 are out on the street,” Adams said press conference on bail reform and recidivism.

“Arrested with a gun, on the street.”

Adams added, “Guns seized: 19.5 percent. After going to prison: more than 80 percent.

“How serious are you about gun laws when the vast majority of people are back on the streets after a gun?” he asked.

Adams also highlighted the number of gun suspects who have been re-arrested and released again.

“This year, 165 people have been arrested on a second gun charge,” he said.

“Out of them, 82 are on the street. Not one arrest, but two gun arrests — back on the street,” he fumes.

Mayor Eric Adams questioned how anyone could take gun legislation seriously if they were released from custody so soon.
NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor
This is the highest percentage in a year.
About 80% of armed individuals are released into the streets.
Robert Miller

Adams did not specify how many defendants were released without bail or how many posted bail to be released.

All gun possession charges are eligible for bail under New York law, which requires judges to impose the least restrictive conditions necessary to ensure defendants return to court.

2019, a year before the controversial state bail reform law entered into force“We’ve arrested 80 people for a gun offense who were held at gunpoint,” Adams said.

Mayor Eric Adams
Adams has consistently challenged state lawmakers on bail reform.
Robert Miller

In 2021, he said, “the number was 259” — more than three times that number.

Adams also said that 20 people arrested in shootings in 2019 already had gun charges, but that number nearly quadrupled to 77 last year.

Also during Wednesday’s news conference at One Police Plaza, NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri said, “As we work with our social service providers, we want to talk about trusted messengers … to get the message to the crew member to stop the violence.” “

But Lipetri said that “the trusted messenger in New York today is a crew member who was arrested with a gun yesterday is out there today, that tells the crew, ‘Well, look at me, I can carry a gun in New York.’ .’”

Lipetri said the NYPD is investigating 716 people suspected of having committed 30% of the roughly 2,400 shootings since 2021.

“Of those individuals, 54% – nearly 385 – have committed an overt crime today,” he said.

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