A deceased NYPD officer is honored by his peers and another officer is in critical condition after the shooting
The suspected shooter, Lashawn McNeil, was listed in critical condition, the NYPD told CNN on Friday. McNeil attempted to run but was confronted by a third officer at the scene and was struck by two bullets, police said.
“Immediately, we will reinstate a newer version of … a modified plainclothes anti-weapons unit. I talked about it during the election campaign. Our team has done the proper analysis and now we are going to deploy it. Adams told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.
Details of the new unit have yet to be released, but NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell has asked precinct commanders to screen candidates, a city official said Sunday.
Those chosen would receive specific training, the official said, and the unit’s objective would be to remove illegal weapons from circulation.
Officer wanted to improve community relations
Rivera said her Inwood community disagreed with the NYPD but soon saw the department make efforts to change its ways, according to the letter obtained by CNN.
“Over time, I have seen the NYPD push to change police-community relations,” Rivera wrote. “That’s when I realized I wanted to be part of the men in blue; to improve the relationship between the community and the police.”
Rivera wrote that he was so moved by the NYPD’s efforts for change that he wanted to be the first person in his family to become a police officer in what he called “the greatest police force in the world.”
“When I applied to become a police officer, I knew this was the career for me,” Rivera said.
City on edge following the attacks
An interstate task force made up of federal, state and local law enforcement officials from nine northeastern states is scheduled to meet Wednesday to work on how to curb the flow of illegal firearms, according to the office of the New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
Mayor Adams told CNN he intends to roll out a broader anti-violence plan this week that will address “the underlying reasons why you see crime” in New York, including issues institutions such as education.
“We have to come to grips with these laws that are unrealistic to understand what’s happening on the ground,” Adams said Sunday.
“We need to stop the flow of guns. We’re taking thousands of guns off our streets, and it seems like for every gun we take off the streets, five come in. That’s unacceptable,” he said. .
The city’s crime rate has been on the rise in recent months, although not nearly where it was in the early 1990s. In November, the most recent month for which the city released data, the crime rate rose 21.3% from the same period last year, according to the NYPD.
The unnamed victim, who came into contact with the lead car while it was on the tracks, was taken to hospital where she was treated for a laceration in her leg, police said. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, the NYPD said.
“These incidents are unacceptable and must stop,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber said in a statement.
“I don’t want to tell people that they should stand on subway platforms and feel like they’re, you know, in mortal danger,” Lieber said in an interview with CNN affiliate WABC. Sunday. “But everyone should keep clear of the edge of the platform.”
The city will work to pair mental health professionals with police personnel to respond to incidents in the subway system, Adams said.
CNN’s Mark Morales, Brynn Gingras, Shimon Prokupecz, Kiely Westhoff, Rob Frehse, Dakin Andone, Aya Elamroussi and Niah Humphrey contributed to this report.