Liberal authorities are “reversing” gains made in fighting criminal offense in New York City, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Saturday.
Appearing on ” Fox & Pals: Weekend” with host Ed Henry, Kerik blamed Mayor Costs DeBlasio and the City Council for a recent spike in violent crime. Murder examinations in 2019 spiked to 9.4 percent this year.
” I don’t blame the NYPD. I blame the mayor. I blame the City Council. I blame the people that promote this anti-cop rhetoric,” Kerik stated. “They took stop-question-and-frisk far from the polices. They took enforcement out of police.”
On Friday, a 13- year-old young boy was jailed by the NYPD in the shocking stabbing death of 18- year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors. The kid later testified in court that he had handed a knife to his good friend, who then stabbed Majors so brutally he saw “plumes come out of her coat.”
The teen, who is not being determined by Fox News, was ordered held without bail by Family Court Judge Karen Lupuloff. He is charged with second-degree murder, very first- and second-degree robbery and criminal belongings of a weapon.
Kerik believes the killing is a graphic example of a decline in ” the quality of life in New York City.”
” We’re going right back to where we were,” he told Henry. “… This murder is reminiscent of the important things that went on back in the 1970 s, ’80 s, and ’90 s, and people ignore it.”
Kerik stated he felt badly for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly, throughout the stop-and-frisk era.
” You know, they continued the policies that [Rudy] Giuliani put in place. It was aggressive policing, and I do comprehend that Mayor Bloomberg improved the stop-and-frisk, those numbers, considerably. Most likely too much. There wasn’t adequate oversight there. [The stops] can be mistreated,” Kerik stated.
” But, at the end of the day, the guys and women in the NYPD have to have the capability to do the task that they are here to do. And, when you take the tools away to do that task, criminal activity is going to rise,” he said.
Fox News’ Morgan Phillips, Marta Dhanis, and Courtney Crawford contributed this report.