Mayor Eric Adams to Reinstate Plainclothes Officers Unit in New York

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New York Mayor Eric Adams has announced plans to reinstate a plainclothes officer unit amid a surge in violent crimes that include gun violence. 

A modified plainclothes anti-gun unit is being reinstated by New York Mayor Eric Adams in response to a series of high-profile violent incidents, CNN reported

Some have condemned plainclothes policing units as an outdated tactic, and the New York Police Department reassigned many such officers in 2020, but Adams said he and his staff have done the right analysis and will reintroduce the measure—a move that comes as violent crime and gun violence surges in the city. 

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Keechant Sewell, the first woman to lead the New York Police Department as commissioner, previously said the plainclothes team will focus mostly on gun crimes, with the goal of removing illegal weapons from the streets. 

The New York Times reported Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was shot and killed and Wilbert Mora, 27, was critically wounded while responding to a domestic incident in Harlem on Friday evening. 

According to Fox News, Mora, a four-year veteran of the force, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. They’re the fourth and fifth officers shot since the start of the year. 

The suspect, Lashawn McNeil, was shot by a third officer as he attempted to flee the scene and died on Monday as a result of his injuries. He is said to have carried out the shootings with a stolen Glock 45 stolen from Baltimore in 2017. 

“We have to stop the flow of guns,” said Adams, per CNN. “We are removing thousands of guns off our streets, and it appears as though for every gun we remove from the street, five are coming in. That is unacceptable.” 

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In November, the most recent month for which statistics is available, New York City recorded a 21.3% rise in violent crimes compared to the previous year, per CNN. 

In addition to Adams’ crime-fighting efforts, Governor Kathy Hochul has announced preparations for an “Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns,” which will bring together federal and state law enforcement officials from throughout the region to address the pressing issue.

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