Bob Hennelly on Police Murders

Monday, December 19, 2011

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly discusses the spike in police officers murders in 2010 nationally and what the trend is so far this year. This spike comes as officers are being laid off and department spending reduced nationwide. He’ll also talk about the 75th precinct overnight tour that Officer Figowski worked from 2002 until his murder on Monday—the 75 precinct in East New York had the highest murder rate in the City. Figowski's funeral is being held Monday.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [12]

Anonymous from Brooklyn

There is plenty of citywide discussion about truancy, but it is not picked up by most of the media. The Mayor and Chancellor have been discussing the issue with community groups for the last year or two.

Also, in our city's toughest neighborhoods, there are a number of schools who do not permit their more difficult students to enter the school building on a regular basis. So when students are truant, we should ask how many of them went to school and were asked to leave or were told by security or other school staff that they cannot return.

Dec. 19 2011 03:10 PM
The Truth from Becky

I think the housing projects should have small sub stations onsite, in the lobby if needed.

Dec. 19 2011 12:38 PM
john from office

The first team of officers should have been more alert as to the people in the dark room next door. This may have been even more tragic.

So, do we still want to stop stop and frisk??, or should we frisk old white ladies in the upper east side??

Dec. 19 2011 12:37 PM
The Truth from Becky

young people and guns...shame, they are not all just Black men, watch the news.

Dec. 19 2011 12:35 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I grew up in Brownsville and spent much of my life up to age 30 in that area, and it was TOUGH,let me tell ya! I think that every housing project should have a small station of say two cops inside every building complex.

Dec. 19 2011 12:34 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The city can't do anything about an illegal conversion unless someone lets them in the building.

Dec. 19 2011 12:29 PM

Isn't the national trend of states and local municipalities laying off public sector workers part of this increase in crime and police officer deaths? Good luck with a national conversation re illegal guns.

Dec. 19 2011 12:28 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Young black men and guns. Shame.

Dec. 19 2011 12:26 PM
MP from Brooklyn

My husband worked in the 7-5 in the late 80s and early 90s, when the precinct was the homicide capital of the US. Our hearts go out to Officer Figowski's family.

Dec. 19 2011 12:26 PM
The Truth from Becky

Bob albeit not a very good one, the area does have a hospital....Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center.

Dec. 19 2011 12:24 PM

What does a officer say when they go up to someone to "stop and frisk"? This seems so bizarre.

Dec. 19 2011 12:14 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, crime is down, for whatever reasons, and so are tax revenues, so naturally police get laid off. And as a result, the remaining police will face more hardened or simply crazed criminals. The question of how you balance the amount of crime you are willing to tolerate, politically or otherwise, versus the safety of your remaining police who have less backup to rely on. Technology helps fill the void, but you still need cops to stop the criminals and make the arrests.

Dec. 19 2011 12:07 PM

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