NEW YORK CITY — Mayor Invoice de Blasio blamed the election of President Trump for a 340 % leap in studies of hate crimes on the subway this yr.
“There isn’t any query this sudden improve in bias incidents is immediately associated to the hateful rhetoric we heard through the election season,” de Blasio advised reporters in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday. “We’re making an attempt to do every thing we will to point out that those that commit acts of hate will endure the results.”
As of Feb. 28, there have been 22 hate crimes reported on metropolis subways, in distinction to only 5 over the identical interval final yr, based on police.
The mayor did not say what number of arrests had been made on this current spate of hate crimes, and the NYPD did not instantly reply to a request for additional remark.
The bounce in bias crimes follows a citywide development.
As of Feb. 26, police had recorded a fifty five % improve in hate crimes throughout the 5 boroughs, lots of which have been anti-Semitic in nature, the NYPD stated.
“Crimes reminiscent of these, it does not matter if it is graffiti or violence, if the swastika is eight ft or eight inches, they strike to the core of what we object to and who we aren’t as People,” stated the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox at an MTA board assembly Monday.
Of the 22 reported hate crimes in metropolis subways by way of the top of February, 15 of them have been felony mischief instances during which offenders had scribbled hateful graffiti. The vandalism typically consists of swastikas, Fox stated, like in a single incident in early-February when straphangers on the 1 practice reportedly banded collectively to wash off a number of of the symbols.
Seven of the hate crimes concerned racial or ethnically biased verbal harassment or bodily fights, famous Fox, who did not elaborate on the person instances.
Half of the yr’s hate crimes passed off Manhattan, eight occurred in Brooklyn, one occurred in The Bronx and two occurred in Queens, Fox added.
He inspired straphangers to proceed to doc and report hate crimes in subways, saying that regardless of the rise, investigators consider the offenders weren’t a part of some organized…