An NYPD unit that was disbanded last year due to aggressive pressure by activist groups is back on the radar- with local Harlem residents requesting the once-dissolved unit make a comeback due to a spike in violent crime.
The plainclothes anti-crime unit, which was disbanded in the wake of demands for police reform in 2020, may make a return at the behest of exasperated Harlem residents who are inundated with gun crime- and have no practical means to defend themselves.
Resident Villittha Lewis claims the violence hasn’t been this intense since the 1980s.
“It’s terrible, it’s very, very terrible and it needs to stop,” she said.
NYPD Chaplain Robert Rice wants to see the unit return.
“We need the plainclothes back out there because we are losing these kids and we’re losing them at a record number,” he said. “Families are crying out to say no more bloodshed.”
According to PIX11, residents would like to see the plainclothes unit make an “aggressive” comeback, so long as they don’t violate civil rights.
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