National Guard Deployed Following Insane Crime Spikes

( – New York’s state government is trying a new approach to securing New York City’s subway system amid an increase in crime on trains and stations. On March 6, New York Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled a plan to surveil the subway system with members of the National Guard and state law enforcement officers.

New York deployed 250 State Police and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers and 750 National Guard soldiers to patrol the city’s subways. Hochul said the law enforcement and military personnel will search bags to prevent weapons from entering the transportation network.

According to Hochul, the increased surveillance is intended to target “repeat offenders” and deter criminal activity. In January 2024, the New York City subway system experienced a 45% year-on-year increase in crime.

The 1,000 personnel deployed under Hochul’s plan come in addition to the 1,000 officers surged to the subway system by New York City Mayor Eric Adams in February. Hochul also proposed banning people who are convicted of assault on the subway from using the transportation network for three years.

Hochul’s plan is an “overreaction and overreach,” New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman said. Lieberman claimed that the situation in the city’s subway system is being misrepresented as a crime wave.

Nevertheless, the situation in the subway system has led some New Yorkers to take matters into their own hands. Former US Marine Daniel Penny faces manslaughter charges for allegedly putting a man into a chokehold on the subway in self-defense in May 2023.

The man, Jordan Neely, died in the wake of the altercation; a medical examiner ruled Neely’s death a homicide. Penny’s lawyers contend that the ex-Marine was defending himself and other passengers from Neely, who was allegedly threatening people and acting irate.

Perhaps if the additional National Guard or state law enforcement personnel had been around at the time of the incident, Penny and Neely would not have found themselves in an altercation at all.

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