Crime is down in the Modern Gomorrah, but not everyone has accepted it.
According to statistics released by New York City officials on Sunday, the city is expected to see a 2 percent decrease in reported crime by year’s end. Counts of murder, rape, robbery, serious assault, burglary, grand larceny and car theft were included in the numbers, tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Arrests also fell by 13 percent over the same period last year.
“As we end this year, the City of New York will record the safest year in its history, its modern history, as it relates to crime,” said city Commissioner William Bratton, announcing a drop in crime in New York City over 2015, according to The New York Times.
Instead of reporting this news, The New York Post continued the time-honored tradition of spewing fear-mongering headlines, as is its wont. Earlier this week, the paper reported claims by former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who alleged that the NYPD is manipulating crime statistics and served as a general hype-man for fear and hysteria about safety in New York.
Earlier this year, the Post published a story alleging that New York had seen a murder “spike,” manipulating data for a sensational headline. According to the new numbers, murder increased slightly in 2015 to 339 cases—six more than last year’s historic low of 333, but far lower than the 536 murders reported half a decade ago. Still, what can you expect from a paper run by this guy?
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