THE BRONX, New York City (WABC) – In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark warned those responsible for an increase in violence and discussed new ways to fight crime in the area.
“Enough is enough with gun violence,” she said. “These people need to know that we will be ready this summer.”
7 On Your Side Investigates found that while the Bronx experienced an increase in crime across the city, with murders increasing by 17% and shootings by 77% compared to the same period last year.
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The number of shootings this year has increased 142% compared to the same period last year. And while many were locked down during the pandemic during that time in 2020, Clark still finds the surge worrying.
“It’s just a perfect storm,” she said. “Getting out of COVID was already a problem, you know, people just settle stupid beefs by force.”
Clark said this was for a variety of reasons, from an increase in gang activity to people thinking they could take the law into their own hands.
“Some of these criminals think that the police are no longer working and they can pay their own bills,” she said. “You may think that’s true, but we in the law enforcement community are working hard to change that narrative.”
On Friday afternoon, Clark organized a rally in Slattery Park on East 183rd Street, followed by a march through the streets of the hardest hit areas.
Her office has also introduced a new way of solving crime, with a team of assistant prosecutors going to the scenes of non-fatal shootings to investigate them in the same way they investigate murders.
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They hope this will gather more evidence, which will lead to more arrests.
“We’re pulling out all the stops,” she said. “And those in charge need to know that this is coming, that this is here, and that this is what I’m going to do.”
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