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This is part three of a Fox News Digital series about “defund the police” politicians and crime in the areas they represent. Read the first two parts here and here.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., who has repeatedly called for defunding the police, has seen crime skyrocket in the North Bronx portion of his district.
Bowman, a democratic socialist who joined the far-left team with Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., when they were sworn in last January, has expressed support for dismantling the U.S. criminal justice system.
“Such a cruel and inhumane system cannot be reformed. End the police and end the system that terrorizes our communities,” Bowman tweeted the month following his election on December 29, 2020.
“Republicans want to withdraw funding from all government programs except those that actively terrorize blacks and browns,” he tweeted April 19, 2021.
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“It’s time to disarm the police” Bowman tweeted October 14, 2019.
Since taking office, Bowman has seen violent crime increase in the North Bronx area of his 16th congressional district, which includes the New York borough’s Spuyten Duyvil, Woodlawn, Eastchester Heights and Co-op City neighborhoods. .
According to the NYPD Crime Map, the Bowman District encompasses all or part of Bronx precincts 45, 47, and 50. Each week, the NYPD releases statistics regarding the seven major categories of crime in each precinct, which include murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand theft auto.
Fox News Digital took the total number of violent crimes reported in those three precincts so far this year (3,396) and compared it to last year’s total number (2,609), according to the NYPD Aug. 1. to August 1. 8 gear.
The analysis found that violent crime is up about 30% across the North Bronx from a year ago, with the biggest increase occurring in Ward 50 with a 74% increase. This constituency, which includes the neighborhoods of Spuyten Duyvil, Fieldston and Riverdale, also saw a 123.5% increase in robberies and a 153% increase in car thefts since last year.
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Other parts of the Bowman District are also seeing an increase in violent crime. The much less populated city of Mount Vernon, for example, has seen a 39.4% increase so far this year compared to 2021, with a 20.7% increase in thefts and a 21.7% increase burglaries.
Small towns in the Bowman District, such as New Rochelle and Rye, do not report as up-to-date information as New York, but reported a nominal decrease in some violent crime between 2020 and 2021. In New Rochelle, violent crime was mainly with the exception of rape and burglary, which both increased. In Rye, burglaries were down, but muggings remained the same during this time.
Paul Mauro, a retired NYPD detective, wrote an op-ed for Fox News Digital on Aug. 8 that also looked at the Ocasio-Cortez district, perhaps the most prominent advocate for police defunding.
Mauro found that Ocasio-Cortez’s 14th Congressional District, which also covers parts of the Bronx and shares Precinct 45 with Bowman, had seen a 44.1% increase in violent crime from 2021.
Mauro noted that during the 2020 George Floyd unrest, Ocasio-Cortez complained that a proposed $1 billion cut to the NYPD’s annual budget did not go far enough, and that “funding for police means police funding”.
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Then-mayor Bill de Blasio ended up signing the fiscal year 2021 budget in July 2020, cutting about $382 million — or 6.8% — from the NYPD to $5.22 billion , reported City & State. The fiscal year 2022 budget saw a slight increase to $5.44 billion for the NYPD and another increase to $5.53 billion in the 2023 budget, which passed in June, according to the publication.
The offices of Bowman and Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.