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New York City appears to have experienced a surge in shootings this week after the New York Police Department announced that it was eliminating its plainclothes anti-crime unit.
The New York Post reported that since Monday, there have been 28 incidents and 38 victims reported, compared to a total of 12 shootings for the entire week at the same time last year. The Post added, “There have been 97 shootings this month so far, compared to 89 for the whole month of June last year.”
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” a law enforcement official told The Post. “All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”
The apparent increase in shootings comes after the NYPD announced at the start of the week that they were disbanding their plainclothes anti-crime unit, and would reassign the approximately 600 police officers in the unit to other positions.
“When you look at the number of anti-crime officers that operate within New York City, and you look at a disproportionate, quite frankly, percentage of complaints and shootings — and they are doing exactly what was asked of them,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. “It will be felt immediately throughout the five district attorney’s offices, it will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect.”
U.S. stock futures rose early Monday morning following a solid weekly performance on Wall Street amid lingering concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 102 points higher. S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 futures were also trading in positive territory.
The major U.S. stock average are coming off their fourth weekly gains in five weeks. Both the Dow and S&P 500 advanced at least 1% last week while the Nasdaq Composite advanced over 3%.
News of the Federal Reserve buying corporate bonds along with a record spike in U.S. retail sales lifted sentiment on Wall Street last. Expectations of an economic recovery also pushed up stock prices.
However, the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases continues to increase, raising questions about the recovery.
“The areas of concern that weighed on stocks Friday afternoon were reinforced over the weekend,” Adam Crisafulli of Vital Knowledge wrote in a note. “Governments look set to proceed with reopening, but the real driver of growth will be behavioral normalization and that is very likely to be impended by the steady negative coronavirus news flow.”
The Trump Update
Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale on Sunday berated the media for savaging the campaign’s small crowd size in Tulsa on Saturday, despite boasting a million campaign ticket requests beforehand.
“For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting but typical,” Parscale wrote in a lengthy statement to reporters. “And it makes us wonder why we bother credentialing media for events when they don’t do their full jobs as professionals.”
“The fact is that a week’s worth of the fake news media warning people away from the rally because of COVID and protestors, coupled with recent images of American cities on fire, had a real impact on people bringing their families and children to the rally,” he wrote.
“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work,” he said.
Parscale insisted that the campaign weeded out tens of thousands of fake registrations that were not part of their planning.
“What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission – entry is on a first-come-first-served basis and prior registration is not required,” he said.
Coalition strikes took out three Islamic State camp sites in Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Friday, while a jet “blasted” an ISIS cave in Nineveh province.
The “summer camp” in rural Kirkuk was located about 16 miles west of the city of Tuz Khurmatu in “densely vegetated austere terrain,” the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement Saturday. Strike videos described them as ISIS mountain training areas.
Despite losing control of its last territory in Iraq more than two years ago, ISIS continues to wage an insurgency while hiding out in the mountains, deserts and other rural areas of the country.
While Iraqi security forces have “tactical overmatch against ISIS,” Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a coalition military spokesman, said in the statement that “airstrikes help destroy ISIS targets in terrain difficult to reach by standard vehicles.”
But the U.S.-led coalition continues its support of anti-ISIS operations in the region. Both Iraqi and Syrian partner forces carried out large-scale campaigns in which two-dozen operations led to the capture of 64 militants in the past two weeks, the coalition’s special operations task force said Friday in a Twitter post.
“The coalition and our partners will … maintain relentless pressure on the terrorist organization,” Inherent Resolve said in Saturday’s statement, adding that it was also working to disrupt terrorist propaganda, finance and human trafficking.