New York City public transit officials and riders are demanding a substantially increased police presence amid a surge of violence, including a recent stabbing rampage that left two dead and more wounded.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has vowed to deploy an additional 500 cops to patrol the subways, but the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is requesting triple that number, according to the New York Post.
“We believe the additional 500 officers you agreed to dedicate to the subway system is an important first step, which will help ease the fears of customers and heroic transit workers who serve this city every day,” MTA leaders said in a letter to top city officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“We believe more is needed, however, and so we are writing today to request an additional 1,000 NYPD officers be assigned to the Transit Bureau to patrol subways and buses immediately.”
MTA has asked that “teams of uniformed officers be assigned to every station and that officers ride the system throughout the day and during the overnight to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues.”
Riding and working in the subways of the Big Apple have become high-risk affairs amid a steady increase of attacks, aggression, and threats.
Two homeless people were killed and two more victims wounded when a man dubbed the ‘A-Train Ripper’ embarked on a bloody stabbing spree that lasted 15 hours last weekend.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 15, 2021
Police later arrested Rigoberto Lopez, a 21-year-old homeless man with an extensive arrest record for alleged violent crimes, including assaulting his own father and a cop.
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