New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed the rising violent crime rate in the city is due to residents’ lack of finding anything to do and the dearth of jobs.
“So many people don’t have anything to do. They don’t have anywhere to go. They don’t have a job, they can’t go to school, they are dealing with so many challenges,” de Blasio told reporters during a press conference Monday when asked why the New York City Police Department could not get shootings under control at this point as opposed to previous years.
“The NYPD has been overloaded in so many ways, and it just keeps adding up. And most importantly, the criminal justice system is not functioning yet, and we need it to,” de Blasio said. “And we’re very, very hopeful that next month, we’re going to finally see that, but it really is a perfect storm.”