Trump Threatens to Intervene in NYC as Shootings Surge Under De Blasio

President Donald Trump appeared to threaten federal intervention in New York City after a surge in shootings over the weekend. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), between Friday and Sunday there were at least 39 shootings, leaving 51 people injured and six dead.

On Friday, the police department tracked 12 shooting incidents with 20 victims and one fatality. On Saturday, there were 20 shootings with 23 victims and four fatalities. On Sunday, NYC saw seven shootings, leaving eight injured and one dead.

The weekend surge came amid a wave of gun violence in the city, which saw 745 shooting incidents from January 1 through July 26 alone, marking a 73 percent increase from the 431 shootings in same period last year, according to The New York Times.

In one of the incidents to unfold over the weekend, an off-duty corrections officer was reportedly killed with his own service weapon in Queens. According to the NYPD, the corrections officer, a 28-year-old man, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

According to the ABC 7, it is believed that the corrections officer, who has been identified by multiple outlets as John Jeff, had been walking with a female coworker when he encountered his attacker. The assailant reportedly grabbed Jeff's own department-issued gun, shot him and then fled.

Police told Newsweek in a statement that the corrections officer was transported to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and torso, but did not survive his injuries.

As police look for answers, Trump has issued a warnign to New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a tweet on Sunday night, the president wrote: "Law and Order. If @NYCMayor can't do it, we will."

The threat appeared to suggest that the president may be considering sending federal law enforcement to New York City, as his administration did with Portland, Oregon, in response to unrest.

The government faced widespread backlash over its deployment of federal officers to Portland, which saw weeks of nightly clashes between demonstrators and federal officers. The clashes continued between protesters and state and local police, however, after federal officers largely left the area.

Despite opposition to the deployment, last month, the president ordered the expansion of Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement initiative aimed at cracking down on violent crime in cities across the U.S.

Announcing the expansion back in July, Trump said he had "no choice but to get involved" amid rising rates in violent crime across American cities.

De Blasio does not appear to have responded to the president's tweet yet. Newsweek has contacted his office for comment, as well as the White House.

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New York Police Department officers wear face masks as they attend an incident involving another officer in midtown along 5th Avenue on April 20, 2020 in New York City. Over the weekend, NYC saw a surge in shootings. Spencer Platt/Getty
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