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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Bed-Stuy

Overall, crime is down in Bed-Stuy, and in Brooklyn as a whole.
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79th Precinct in Bedford Stuyvesant. Photo: Google Maps

Overall, crime is down Bed-Stuy, and in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has a 45.7% decrease in crime levels reported to Bed-Stuy's 79th Precinct, and a 55.2% decrease reported to the neighborhood's 81st Precinct during the week July 19 to July 25, compared to the same period last year.

Across the two precincts, there have been 32 incidents reported, including robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto.

During the same period last year, there were 64 incidents reported, including one incident of rape and 12 of robbery.

There have been 12 murders and 11 rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared with six murders and 29 rapes reported by the same date in 2020.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 28.5% decrease in incident reports at the 79th Precinct and 41.3% decrease at the 81st Precinct this year on last.

The most common incident reported over the week-long period was grand larceny, with 13 reports of the crime. That is eight less than during the same period last year.

On July 23, the 79th Precinct tweeted photo of a man wanted in connection with using a stolen credit. The precinct is calling on the public for information.

On July 26, the 81st Precinct tweeted the photo of a loaded firearm one of the precinct's public safety officers had recovered in Bed-Stuy.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 529 incidents reported between July 19 and July 25, according to NYPD's CompStat, including one murder in Brooklyn North. There were six reported rapes across Brooklyn, 60 robberies and 124 felony assaults.

In the headlines:

More than 3,500 marijuana cases in Brooklyn were tossed out this week, some dating as far back as the 1970s, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Tuesday.The move comes after New York State legalized marijuana in March. Since then, almost all marijuana cases in Brooklyn have been dismissed, Gonzalez said.

Former southern Brooklyn Councilmember Chaim Deutsch was sentenced Thursday to 3 months in prison and 1 year of supervised release, along with $107,000 restitution to the government and a $5,500 fine in relation to federal tax fraud charges.

A man imprisoned for nearly three decades is suing the city for $125 million, arguing Brooklyn detectives framed him for a subway murder he didn't commit, court records show. Emmanuel Cooper, 54, filed his malicious prosecution suit in Brooklyn's federal court Monday after 27 years in prison for a crime that was vacated in 2020, court records show.

A bold Brooklyn mugger on a Citi Bike stomped a man unconscious, leaving the victim with a broken nose, before pick-pocketing him and snatching his chain, disturbing video released Sunday shows. The 68-year-old victim was walking along Pitkin Ave. in East New York when the assailant jumped off his Citi Bike near Barbey St., chucked the bicycle against a wall and reached into the man's pockets about 9 a.m. Saturday, police said.