An Alternative to Cops with Guns in NYPD ‘Occupied’ East New York
BKReader highlights on Man Up, Inc. is showing another way to combat crime amid citywide shootings and calls to defund police.
Right now, the city’s leaders are scrambling to find solutions to a spike in gun violence — with shootings up from 394 to 634 compared to this time last year. The 41 shootings so far in East New York’s 75th precinct are on par with the same period last year, according to NYPD data.
NYPD commissioner Dermot F. Shea points to bail reform, pandemic-required release of inmates and new police regulations as possible causes. But Man Up Inc. founder Andre T. Mitchell blames the loss of jobs and loved ones due to the pandemic, the tension of being cooped up inside — often in NYCHA projects — and seemingly endless episodes of police brutality.