Mayor Bill de Blasio went on the defensive Sunday when grilled about the nearly 200 percent spike in city shootings last week.
Hammered about the alarming new NYPD statistic — exclusively revealed by The Post on Saturday — de Blasio fired back to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that “crime has been going down overall in this city now for seven years.
“The NYPD — every single time there’s even the smallest spike in crime — fights it back,” de Blasio insisted.
But show host Maria Bartiromo repeated, “Shootings are up 200 percent just this week!”
The mayor responded, “And guess what — the NYPD will fight it back, because I added 2,000 more officers on patrol, and for six years in a row, now seven, we’ve reduced crime and we will continue to.”
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