Is Al Sharpton listening?
A spike in violent crime in New York City since Mayor Bill de Blasio effectively put an end to police officers’ right to search for weapons not only demonstrates how out of touch Hizzoner is with reality, but also has the families of crime victims clamoring for a return to the good ol’ days when law and order still had meaning.
The weekend started out bad for the Big Apple, with four homicides in just the first five hours, according to the New York Post, and it isn’t over yet.
But the families have a message that Al Sharpton, de Blasio and all the New York libs who campaigned against the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy need to hear.
“We need stop-and-frisk,” Stacey Calhoun, the uncle of Jahhad Marshall, one of the four victims, said Saturday afternoon, according to the Post.
Marshall, 23, was described as a promising future chef who was killed when he took a stray bullet to his back.
“Somebody has to put their foot down,” the uncle said.
“A lot of people would agree with stop-and-frisk if it’s for the safety among us,” he said.
“They used to fight with their hands, he added. “It seems like all these kids have guns these days.”
The Post reported:
Marshall — apparently an innocent bystander to a pre-dawn playground shootout — was one of four fatalities in The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn from Friday night into Saturday, bloodshed that began in The Bronx at 11:20 p.m. when a gunman fatally blasted Joel Rivera, 23, multiple times in the neck outside his home on Andrews Avenue.
Less than two hours later in the South Bronx, officers responding to a 911 call at East 143rd Street and Third Avenue found a 22-year-old man mortally wounded with multiple stab wounds.
Marshall was fatally shot at about 2:35 a.m. at the Queensbridge Houses, while an 18-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman received non-fatal gunshot wounds in the same hail of gunfire.
The fourth fatality was at the Marcus Garvey Houses in Brownsville, where a 40-year-old man was shot just before 4 a.m.
“It’s scary how many guns are out here now,” Ann, 72 a resident of the Brownsville project said to the Post.
An unidentified woman at the Marcus Garvey Houses said of stop-and-frisk, “They need to target it. With all these shootings, people getting killed, do it, but stop and frisk the guys you know from experience might have a gun, and not some kid who’s trying to better his life and get out of here.”
The use of police stops has been widely cited by city officials as a linchpin of New York’s success story in seeing murders and major crimes fall to historic lows. The police say the practice has saved the lives of thousands of young black and Hispanic men by removing thousands of guns from the streets.
The U.S. Supreme Court held in 1968 that a police officer had the right to stop-and-frisk if he has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed or is about to commit a crime, and has a reasonable belief that the person “may be armed and presently dangerous,” according to Terry vs. Ohio.
However, U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that New York’s stop-and-frisk practices violated the constitutional rights of minorities as a “policy of indirect racial profiling,” according to The Times.
The city immediately appealed Scheindlin’s decision to the circuit court, but then filed paperwork to withdraw its appeal when de Blasio took office, according to MSNBC.
Reporters questioned de Blasio about the bloody start to the weekend on Saturday.
“We are continuing to update our strategies,” the mayor said.
Terrific. You do that while enjoying your next cocktail at Gracie Mansion.
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