Politico: Year begins with crime spike in NYC amid statewide bail debate

Eli Northrup of the Bronx Defenders, one of a small group of advocates who held signs supporting bail reform outside the mayor’s press conference, called it “kind of ridiculous” to argue “that a month of cherry-picked [stats] justifies a rollback of this needed reform.”

“The mayor for some reason and the police commissioner seem hell-bent on trying to roll these reforms back before they’ve even been given a chance to work,” he said.

The city’s largest police union attacked de Blasio over the increase in crime, calling it a “public safety emergency.”

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