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Baby Slain in Stroller, Pols Reflect on City Policing

Monday, September 02, 2013

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As New York City police are investigating the shooting death of one-year-old Antiq Hennis -- who was killed in his stroller while on a walk with his parents Sunday evening -- city politicians are using the tragedy to debate the city’s policing tactics.

In a press conference this morning, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly related the details of the gruesome event, which happened at 7:20 p.m. on the the northwest corner of Livonia Avenue and Bristol Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Kelly said the four bullets were most likely intended for the child's father, 21-year-old Anthony Hennis, who was not hit.  He also said there may be a gang connection -- and that Hennis isn't cooperating with investigators.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the tragedy proves the need for stricter gun control laws.

“When background checks aren’t conducted on gun sales, weapons flow to the illegal market and into the hands of people like last night’s shooters," he said.

He also said the incident proves the need for the city's stop and frisk tactics to continue without the changes ordered by federal Judge Shira Scheindlin. The mayor repeatedly made reference to the reduction of the murder rate during his tenure, and credits it to policing.

"Illegal weapons are going to continue to land in our streets, and as long as that is happening, we are going to have to continue to have our police officers use the proactive policing tactics that have cut murders and shootings to all-time lows in this city," he said.

Bloomberg did, however, acknowledge that these facts provide "cold comfort" to the families of the victims.

City mayoral candidates Christine Quinn, Bill deBlasio, and Bill Thompson all said Monday they believe reforms to stop and frisk should still move forward.

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Comments [2]

I couldn't agree more with Steve from queens. The loser of a father is not willingly cooperating with the police. He would rather abide by the thug code. I hope he doesn't father any more children.

Sep. 03 2013 12:33 PM
steve from queens

violence begets violence. while this baby was an innocent victim, the parents are not. that includes the mother - she consorted with and had a baby with someone who had a criminal record. I am not sure what the father's crimes were - but I would have to bet that they were not parking tickets. the idea is being floated that there is a gang connection here - and if that is true, it tells us that there is a lifestyle choice that has been made here that has led to this. As for the great grandmother who has popped out of the woodwork to say "the family wants to leave the area", where was she when her grand daughter began dating this man? could be be that deceptive in looks and appearance that this family fell for him thinking he was a fine young man wanting to date this woman? I see young men walking around this city everyday who I think look like gang members and criminals and even if they are not, just the appearance that they aspire to look that way is enough for me to have nothing to do with them. and now the father is not cooperating with the police - and why is that, is he a victim or a partner in this violence. Stop casting blame folks and start taking responsibility for yourselves and your children and grandchildren.

Sep. 03 2013 10:27 AM

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