Setting the Record Straight

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Photo from the NY Post, showing plainclothes cops “who didn’t want to put their careers on the line to

mess with Frederick Young” arresting him.

With an alarmist tone and bad data, Saturday’s opinion piece by Myron Magnet misses the mark. Writing about an assault in Bryant Park, in which Frederick Young allegedly seriously injured a young woman, Myron claims “cops fear to do their jobs and shootings are up for two years in a row, a first since the pre-Giuliani era.”
Well, those “fearful cops” are the very ones who, with help from Bryant Park security personnel, arrested Frederick Young after his crime. They’re the same ones who arrested him many times before. They’re the same ones who achieved record lows for robbery and burglary last year, and the second-lowest year for shootings in the city’s recorded history.
Speaking of shootings, this year they’re at their third lowest level—and while it’s true that they’re up two years in a row, it’s not a first, as Myron claims: they were up in 1999 and again in 2000, they were up in 2005 and again in 2006, and they were up in 2010 and again in 2011. (It’s also worth noting that 2011 and 2010 were the highest and second-highest years for stop, question, and frisk.) When other parts of the social system fail it’s the NYPD that ends up having to deal with the problem. But the cops keeping crime in this city down aren’t afraid to put it all on the line, and claiming so is an insult to all the officers out there doing just that.