London's murder rate has grown by almost 40 percent in three years, while police figures show that New York's has fallen by 87 percent since 1990, raising pressure on mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick.
At a conference for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners in November, several senior officers claimed some officers had become reluctant to use stop and search powers because they feared racism accusations, linking the fall to rising violent crime.
Fifteen people were murdered in London during February, compared to 14 in NY, according to police figures.
The number of murders being investigated by Scotland Yard in London has surpassed NY for the first time, according to latest figures released for February and March. And a similar trend appears to be developing as March's final data rolls in, with London edging New York City by a margin of 22 to 21.
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London has strict gun laws, leading to many crimes there being committed by criminals with knives and other weapons.
The murder rate in London has risen above New York City's as stabbings in the capital of the United Kingdom have driven the increase.
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But the increased murder numbers in London during February and March has set London on pace for a 13-year high.
"New York has been able to bring down serious violence through a public health approach", she said.
Khan, who has been in office since May 2016, is from the opposition Labour Party.
In contrast, London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been gradually scaling back its pre-emptive measures, specifically stop-and-search ops, due to accusations of political incorrectness, as the operations allegedly discriminated against ethnic minorities, who were targeted by police officers more frequently.
Other friends told how they tried to comfort Tanisha in her last moments, staying by her side after the fatal shooting.
"It's not nice - so many drugs, stabbings, cycles up and down - no respect for people any more". We need a proper strategy that looks at all the issues.