May 17, 2021, New York City, New York, USA: As the New York subway is due to return tonight to a 24-hour service that was suspended during the pandemic, new contingents of NYPD police have been deployed underground because of an alarming increase in rider assaults and workers who are stabbed, beaten, stolen or thrown under the train. From 4,300 cops that were in the subway system in the 90s, the level has dropped to 600 since February 2021. 75% of people who answered the MTA’s survey said they do feel safer in the presence of uniformed officers. Behind these repeated assaults, the mental health issue which has worsened since the pandemic and the NYPD which was defunded last summer.
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press