By October 2021, more than 100 children aged under 18 were involved in street-gang related shootings. Almost all of the children killed in gang-related violence in New York City are minorities, predominantly black. A police source told the New York Post that, “the gangs are eating these kids alive.”
A gang member has also been arrested in relation to the stabbing-murder of a Columbia University student, injuring a tourist, and going on a knife-wielding rampage on the school’s university campus last week.
Reynoso’s move to disband the NYPD’s gang unit is similar to that of Los Angeles District Attorney (LADA) George Gascon. In December 2020, Gascon entered office and released his plans to significantly downsize and dissolve LA County’s hardcore gangs unit.