Crown Heights: Guns and Crime

Thursday, September 08, 2011

NY State Senator Eric Adams (D 20th) talks about the outbreak of gun violence over the weekend and why many are calling for fewer stop-and-frisks.


Eric Adams

Comments [16]

Sheldon from Brooklyn

Martin - when you or your kids have the pleasure of four arrogant men jumping out of an unmarked Chevy Impala - throwing you against a wall and patting you down without permission, then leaving without the dignity of an apology - because they think they can - then I would consider your opinion valid.

Sep. 08 2011 11:09 AM
The Truth from Becky

Guess the whole "gentrification" thingy didn't go like ya thought huh?

Sep. 08 2011 10:54 AM
Oscar from Ny

Bloomberg is a racist evil bloodlibel..he thinks just cuz hes jew hes going to heaven..he just might be with all those boys he buys..if there is a god , god is gonna take a dump right on everything bloombergs believes in..this man is a threat to americaa

Sep. 08 2011 10:52 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Liberals always point to "income gaps" or "wealth gaps" to explain societal problems. No question, that persistent unemployment will engender desperation that can amplify criminal behavior.

However, "Thou shalt not covet."

The fact is, there always was and always will be both poverty as well as a criminal class that will take advantage of poverty conditions to enhance their own. Poverty and crime will always exist side by side, but certainly poverty reduction and good policing can ameliorate the worst in both.

Sep. 08 2011 10:50 AM
jonn k.

Young blacks will stop getting randomly searched when the majority of gun violence is not committed by young blacks.

Sep. 08 2011 10:50 AM
Henry from Manhattan

The West Indian Day Parade is such a fun spectacle to attend; it’s really a shame that it keeps getting marred by reoccurring incidents of gun violence.

Sep. 08 2011 10:48 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

To the female caller who has made a career of suing the police ....nice gig, nice living.... victimhood is a growth industry.

Sep. 08 2011 10:47 AM
Melissa from Harlem

I have lived in central Harlem for 4 1/2 years -- there have been approx. 5 shootings just on my short block in that time (several have woken me up). Within two blocks of my apt. there have been another 5 shootings. More than half were fatal. Newcomers are shocked -- most of what we hear in the media is how Harlem is gentrifying. It is but that's not the whole story!

Sep. 08 2011 10:47 AM
Sheldon from Crown Heights

You do the stats - I would go out on a limb and say 99% of the shooters and 100% of the victims were either black or hispanic - (Here in NYC) it is not a coincidence.

Sep. 08 2011 10:46 AM
Anonymous from Brooklyn

We live near Brooklyn College, and there have been a number of shootings in our streets - many in broad daylight - within the past few weeks. We are told that many issues are gang-related and we are terrified. Seems to be getting worse.

Sep. 08 2011 10:44 AM
Allisonanywhere from Bed-Stuy

I'm a white resident of Bed-Stuy. Gun shots in our immediate neighborhood of Madison St have increased greatly this summer. We had one week when kids were shooting each other close to our house 3 nights. We called the police and they drove right past the shooters, went to the wrong location, and did not follow up with us who called in the shots. One of the nights we called to complain that it took 20 minutes for the police to show up and they said "there was a shooting on Fulton St - it's Bed-Stuy, it happens." Meanwhile they got 35 new police officers. These police officers are not patrolling the street except to give a summons to people in for riding their bikes on the sidewalk (as happened to me).

The police need to get smarter about their jobs and have a much stronger presence (not harassing people). Stop and frisk is a violation of civil rights.

Sep. 08 2011 10:43 AM
The Truth from Becky

Millions of people, two knuckleheads and this makes the headlines...let's talk about the two men that were stopped illegally!! Stay on topic.

Sep. 08 2011 10:43 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Ummm.....I personally would measure success as NO guns fired at a parade, Mr. Adams about a defeatist attitude...

Sep. 08 2011 10:41 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

For the African American and Latino population, we are not in a recession, but a depression. And Bloomberg has cut police and firefighters in order to spare the billionaires (who trashed our economy) from paying taxes. People are kidding themselves if they think that crime is not going to rise - and rise precipitously. I live in a prosperous part of Brooklyn and already we have seen an enormous rise in break-ins and shootings - a woman was shot on my street last month. But don't worry, Bloomberg will flub the statistics and come up with some positive spin about what is going on. The reality though is that we are headed for Brazil, 1985 - a place where the ultra rich helicopter into work every day and the rest of the population is left to defend themselves. NYC has become a Third world country at First world prices; we now boast a wealth gap that is right in keeping with any banana republic in Africa. How proud we should all be.

Sep. 08 2011 10:40 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Columbine had nothing to with black kids.

Young PEOPLE with guns!

"Times may change, but people don't."

Sep. 08 2011 10:36 AM
Sheldon from Crown Heights

Young black men and guns.

Sep. 08 2011 10:33 AM

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