We did it, New York City! The NYPD was happy to announce yesterday that there was not a single murder, shooting, or stabbing from 10:30 p.m. on Sunday until 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, making it the first time in—well, it's so unprecedented that the NYPD can't even remember when there's been another murder/shooting/stabbing-less day. But the important thing is it gives cops more time to comb over those cellphone records!
According to the Daily News, the cops seemed surprised, too. Spokesman Paul Browne said, "Nice way to start the week." The News also has a throwback to the bad old days:
[A similar day] likely didn't happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245 murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of "American Police, 1945-2012."
"There were shootings galore,'' Reppetto said. "We lived in a town where people were afraid to come out of their houses, where babies slept in bathtubs to avoid getting shot, where nursery schools ran drills - 'When you hear the shots, drop down.'" Reppetto said that the lack of gun and knife violence on Monday may be rare, but not a complete surprise, given that the city is on pace to finish the year with just over 400 murders.
"They're going to come in with the fewest number of murders since about 1960,'' he said. "It's an almost impossible figure, but their programs have been fabulously successful in stopping crime."
So far this year crime is up around 3%, which cops blame on iTheft and overall gadget theft. But for one brief magical time period, New York City showed America how it's done: