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Could new Cuomo COVID restrictions cause an uptick in violent crime?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said bars, restaurants, gyms and other businesses that operate with a state liquor license must close at 10 p.m. in an effort to contain a second coronavirus wave.

The new measures — which allow curbside pickup for restaurants and limit indoor gatherings to 10 people — take effect Friday.

“In New York we follow the science. We do it more rigorously I believe than any state in the nation and I believe we use more science than any state in the nation and that’s primarily the testing data,” Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a statement.

“If you look at where the cases are coming from, if you do the contact tracing, you’ll see they’re coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at private homes,” he added.

The restrictions come as New York City continues to grapple with an increase in violent crime that began over the summer in a similar fashion to other cities. Like many communities, the pandemic has ravaged local economies while also changing the way police officers on the street do their job amid a climate of social distancing and distrust of law enforcement.

The conditions have resulted in some police officers opting to be less proactive, said Alfred Titus Jr., an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former homicide detective with the New York Police Department.

“They tend to keep their distance from people and interact less with the public,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s part of the new COVID world that we live in.”

Over the summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea placed the blame related to a spike in shootings on COVID-19, which has forced the criminal justice system to let criminals back onto the streets amid court closures and backlogs. Read from source….