New Bad Days 51: The Former Dope-Smokin’ Dope From Park Slope Mayor Orders The NYPD To Lay Off (Most) Marijuana Smokers, City Parks Dept. To Install Needle Waste Baskets And The Department Of Health To Warn Rich Bar Hoppers About Tainted Cocaine; Nearly 100 People Overdose On K-2 Then Walk In Slow Motion And Sleep On The Street; Double Murder In Bushwick Houses; Bronx Public High School Desperately Needs Security Guards And More Home Invasions, Attacks On The Elderly, Shootouts, Stabbings, Car Chases And Getaways, Sexual Molesting, And Brazen Mugging In Presence Of Video Cameras

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The truth in right and wrong
The boundaries of the law
You seem to miss the point
Arresting for a joint?
Phil Anselmo, Pantera

Well, looks like the Mayor finally got a modicum of sense or is just trying to upstage his confirmed rival Gov. Cuomo in a battle of superficial progressive activism, now that he has ordered the NYPD to stop arresting people for smoking pot in public weeks after he announced his experiment to provide safe spaces for shooting and possibly selling smack as the NYS health dept. finally completed it’s study for the inevitable legalization of the glorious weed.

Although this decree still comes with a favorable sop to the NYPD to keep up shakedowns in certain predominantly Black and Hispanic communities or areas under and prospective gentrification with supposed “carve-out” arrests to catch potsmokers who are suspected of breaking probations, having warrants against them or are currently on parole. Which just seems to be an redefined and upgraded version of the unconstitutional tactic of “stop and frisk”

Although this is a genuine sign of progress that will truly benefit the city with new businesses, new jobs and massive revenue and will be less stress for pot smoking citizens and cops equally, the city and it’s law enforcers still have to maintain some control and policy management over more serious and harder drugs and it’s consumers.

In six parks in the Bronx, the city has installed syringe deposit boxes for the junkies frequenting them for shooting up after finding up to 5,000 used needles discarded by on the lawns, lots, paths, benches and playgrounds.

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Although this seems like a good idea it’s extremely naive. Junkies not only don’t have the energy to get up or muster the consideration to clean up their works after they shoot up and wallow in their blissful state, but like most drug users are way too paranoid to be seen disposing their needles in receptacles. And it will not lessen parkgoers anxiety to see the sight of junkies disposing their shit properly as when they see the needles just lying around. It’s better for NYC parks to hire sweepers. Meanwhile, a parking lot slated for more community disrupting gentrification tower development near one of the parks that has received needle waste baskets and kiosks has become a junkie haven.

Then there are other dangerous products hitting the streets because of demand and old school favorites too, like in Mount Hope in the Bronx three men were busted selling packets of the elephant tranquilizer Carfentanil  for distribution to compete with the fentanyl heroin market and in Washington Square Park, just days after the mayor’s ruling people are smoking crack in full view in front of park goers.

And most disturbingly and distressing in Bed-Stuy, up to 25 30 87 people were found walking in a coma-like daze and lying on the concrete after overdosing on the synthetic garbage low end marijuana substitute K-2, nearby the same bodega that was caught selling the stuff back in 2016 when 33 people were zombie marching and lounging on the pavement on Broadway and Myrtle Ave . It is suspected by a councilman Robert Cornergy that it is being sold on the street by runners/hoppers, whose suspicion was confirmed when cops busted 8 people 15 people for selling it in baggies labeled “scooby snax” (zoiks!). Another 3 catatonic fake pot smokers were found lying the streets of Crown Heights.

The fucked up thing about K-2 and it’s popularity is that even if pot becomes legal, this shitty toxic product will not go away for it will be the only thing poor drug users can afford if you factor what the prices will be when pot shops open up when those aforementioned area will be fully gentrified.

There is also the unaddressed and inevitable high profile return of cocaine, which will not be a shock since it’s the preferred upscale drug of choice of frivolous big spending young adults, of whom this city is building it’s economy on with all the high rise tower pestilence and proliferation of bars and clubs in Manhattan and the coastal towns and suddenly niche slightly eastern areas of Brooklyn and Queens. As NYC’s department of health is taking preemptive action with a campaign focusing on cocaine laced with fentanyl and sending aides to bars on the high end and notorious Hells Gate on the Lower East Side to warn patrons to be careful when they illegally buy and snort blow on drink coasters.

Unfortunately this concern may have already hit a snag because at a “restaurant” and bar called No Fun, name and album font stolen from The Stooges in the East Village, a woman died in a bar/restaurant at 9 p.m. after coming in loaded on coke and booze. (Night Mayor Ariel Palitz, where are you??)

Now onward to the boroughs five.

Queens

In Ozone Park, a man was shot in the neck and killed in his house.  Three people drove away from the crime scene and during the getaway, a passenger shot himself with the murder weapon and the driver wound up smashing the car into another moving car and a parked car.

Also in Ozone Park, a woman crashed her car into an iron fence at JHS 210, then jumped out of the car and handed her 1-year-old daughter to the first person she saw and ran away.

In South Ozone Park, two men in clown masks held up a chain pharmacy at gunpoint and robbed it of enough opiods to stuff two duffel bags. This is the second time this year this store was robbed as cops might see a connection.

Their hideout might not be that far away or isolated.

Also in South Ozone Park, a man got bashed with a chair and robbed of his gold chain by three men in a fast food restaurant.

In South Jamaica, a man was found dead from shot to the head lying on the hallway of the Baisley Park Houses from a drug deal gone wrong.

In Forest Hills, three idiots attempted to steal a U.S. Postal Service mailbox from the concrete ground.

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Also in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, a total of 10 assaults, 3 burglaries and 2 thefts happened in a week.

Again in Forest Hills on the F train leaving the 75th Ave. Station, a man was masturbating while blocking the train’s doors.

In Jamaica at four train stations, a man is suspected of four cellphone robberies that were committed as oblivious commuters stepped out the doors of the F train holding their phones then the perp yanks it out of their hands. All phones were worth $900.

Also in Jamaica, a 19-year-old man blew a red light and smashed into another car, killing a woman driving it then tried to run away with his passenger.

In Sunnyside on the 7 train heading to the 46th St. station, a man randomly punched another man in the face and ran away when the train made it’s stop.

In Springfield Gardens, an EMT worker was attacked by a man who tried to pull her out of her ambulance while she was about to drive off.

In Woodside, a man stabbed another man on the street in the eye and in the back four times and ran off.

In Kew Gardens, burglars broke into a tenants apartment and robbed a safe containing thousands of dollars of jewelry and cash that he inherited from his late mother.

In Long Island City, a bike rider got critically injured when he got doored then fell under a moving truck that ran him over.

Also in Long Island City at the Queensboro Plaza Station, a man grabbed a woman’s ass on the 7 train.

Again in Long Island City, a man broke into a diner and robbed tools worth $200.

And again in Long Island City at the 39th Ave. Station, commuters had to be evacuated from the W train when it started shaking and filled with smoke.

In Glendale, a teenage woman broke into a car and ransacked it then attempted to break into a house.

In Rego Park, a man shoplifted merchandise from a clothing store and flashed a gun at security guards that tried to detain him. He escaped with his tongue flapping in the breeze.

Also in Rego Park, a woman committed suicide by jumping six stories to her death from an apartment building.

Again in Rego Park at the 63rd Drive Station, a man killed himself when he fell on the tracks walking between cars as the moving M train was making it’s stop.

In Flushing, an 18-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment.

In Ridgewood, a woman robbed a box of groceries and an elevator blanket from an apartment building lobby.

In Astoria, a man broke into an elderly man’s apartment and stole his T.V. and hat.

In Laurelton, a woman robbed delivery packages off a porch and drove away in her nice Honda Pilot.

In Middle Village, a man robbed 22 bottles of cough medicine from a chain pharmacy.

In Corona, a 94-year-old man peacefully sitting on his stoop was accosted by a man who started yelling and walk towards him and smacked his glasses off, falling on the sidewalk. As the elderly man defended himself and his property by swinging his cane at the asshole, said asshole stomped on his glasses and broke them and ran away.

Also in Corona, a fire engulfed a house with no working smoke alarms, critically injuring a man found trapped in a stairwell as well as injuring 4 residents and 7 firefighters.

In Cambria Heights, a motorcyclist got killed when he collided into a minivan that stopped in an intersection

In East Elmhurst, a man was hit by a car and killed crossing the boulevard.

Brooklyn

In Bushwick at the Bushwick Houses,a 62-year-old woman was found dead from shot in the head and tied up to a chair in her apartment. A 54-year-old man was found dead in his apartment also with his head shot in the same building on the same floor a few days later. NYPD suspects the murders are linked to a drug dealer that had an argument with the murdered man.

Also in Bushwick, a man killed himself crashing his dirtbike into a double parked minivan. The impact from the speed caused the motorcycle to skid down the road, where a man found it and drove away.

In Flatbush, a married couple were found stabbed to death in their apartment from a murder-suicide.

In Crown Heights, a barber went ballistic on a customer who didn’t like his haircut and refused to pay for it by throwing him through a window causing his face to slice open.

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Also in Crown Heights, a tattoo-faced rainbow-maned rapper was busted by cops who caught him parking his SUV in front of a fire hydrant and driving with a suspended license. The alleged musician then squeezed the hand of a police lieutenant during processing at the precinct.

Again in Crown Heights, a man lured a 5-year-old girl to a basement stairwell and sexually molested her.

In Brownsville, a homeless man that attacked and battered two women in their late 70’s got his ass kicked by another homeless man who witnessed the assault and held him down for the cops to come.

In Sunset Park, a man who thought he was about to get laid turned into Operation Cock Block when he held up by his date who pulled out a gun in the hotel room then let three dudes inside and robbed him of his phone, watch and cash.

Also in Sunset Park, a lecherous man attempted to kidnap two children in two days but failed when one kid bit him and the other kicked him in the shin.

Again in Sunset Park, a fight broke out outside a catering hall holding a quincieria party got the attention of four cops in the area, one of whom chased a 17-year-old kid involved in the melee. The kid then tripped and wound up paralyzed when the cop fell on him trying to apprehend him.

And again in Sunset Park at the 8th Ave. Station, a commuter sleeping on the train awoke to find his backpack stolen.

In Greenwood, two men held up a sex toy shop at gunpoint. Some how, some way, they cause two police vehicles to crash into each other as they tried to get away.

In Bed-Stuy, a man was shot to death on the street at 7:45 a.m.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a motorcycle rider killed himself crashing into a car that merged into a lane he steered in.

In East New York at P.S. 178, a 6-year-old boy was kicked in the jewels by his classmates in a demented game they concocted.

In Williamsburg, a jewelry store was robbed of $300,000 worth of ethical conflict-free merchandise in an overnight heist.

Also in Williamsburg, a street hassle escalated into a shootout, with a man winding up dead and two wounded. The killer was last seen taking a picture of himself over his slain victim.

In Park Slope at the 4th Ave. Station, a 13-year-old girl trying to commute after the train she was first on went out of service was tackled and roughhoused by an MTA worker who assumed she was beating the fare.

Also in Park Slope, a rowhouse apartment building abandoned for months and scheduled for demolition collapsed causing 20 people to evacuate their residences nearby.

In Cypress Hills, a woman got shot on the street in a drive-by after she walked out of a niteclub.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man climbed into an bedroom window and slithered onto a woman’s bed and molested her while claiming he was a police officer.

In Borough Park, a man once allied with Mayor de Blasio during his days as the Public Luxury Market Rate Real Estate Advocate and who runs the safety patrol/vigilante security street crew Shomrim was exposed and charged for raping a 16-year-old girl.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the Jay St./Metrotech Station, during an argument a man kicked another man onto to the train tracks as the train was arriving, who was saved by a transit worker who witnessed the incident.

In Bay Ridge, a brawl in front of a docked party boat escalated when two people got into a car chase with police and wound up crashing their car in Kensington and the cops firing a couple rounds at them.

Also in Bay Ridge at the 77th St. Station, a man feigning to help a woman through a turnstile with her luggage snatched her purse and fled.

Again in Bay Ridge, three men attacked a man on the street, beating him on the pavement with kicks and punches.

And again in Bay Ridge, a woman attempted suicide by jumping out of a window on the 3rd floor.

In Windsor Terrace at the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station, a flood on the floor by the turnstiles was slightly remedied with a red brick foot bridge and a milk crate for what could be an aesthetic feature. This infrastructure improvement came weeks before Andy Byford of the MTA announced a 37 billion dollar plan to fix the worst fucking transit system of the universe (shout out to Reason magazine for their similarly vulgar headline report)

The bridge is over. (Tony Akio Cohen)

In Dyker Heights, a man lashed out at a 65-year-old man at a gas station and shoved him to the ground.

Also again in Dyker Heights and again in Bay Ridge two men with pipes smashed windows on a car with the driver still inside and then punched him. A man randomly punched another man in the face who walked by him and two women were brawling in the street over social media posts.

In Boerum Hill, a man held up a jewelry store wielding a hammer and robbed it $79,000 of it’s merchandise.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man shoplifted vitamins and eye drops from a pharmacy and punched a clerk in the face who tried to stop him then drove off in a Mercedes Benz, a woman had her phone yanked from her hand while she was walking and a woman got injured when she grabbed the steering wheel to stop a man who stole her purse.

Again in Sheepshead Bay and Gravesend, three men jumped a man from behind and beat him down and robbed his personal belongings. Another three men (or possibly the same group) ganged up on a woman in the late afternoon, punching and kicking her and robbing her of $70 and four men jumped a guy and beat him down with punches and kicks and robbed his bag at 3:10 p.m.

In Flatlands, two cars were broken into by a thief who stole a bag containing credit cards and cash and a wallet. A woman had her bag stolen containing her wallet when she was trying on clothes in front of a counter.

In Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, a woman got hit in the face with her cellphone after chasing a man who stole it off her and then threw it at her. A woman had $3,300 stolen from her from a bag she left in the bathroom. A man had his car stolen when he left the keys inside. A man bashed a window of a car and stole $400 and credit cards. A man broke into a house and stole 40 grand worth of jewelry and a woman had $720 yanked from her from a pickpocket.

Also in Bensonhurst, a man left his two little dogs in the car with the windows rolled up on a humid hot day to get drunk. One of the dogs died days later.

Also in Bath Beach, a dirty old man sexually molested an 11-year-old girl on the street in broad daylight and ran away.

In Brighton Beach, a man had his Halal food cart stolen from him.

In Coney Island, a brawl between two men escalated when one of the men got stabbed, and a man snatched a boy’s cellphone from his hand.

Again in Coney Island, a woman had her designer purse stolen by two men while she was walking on the boardwalk.

In Marine Park, two kids snatched a purse off a woman then rode away on a bike.

In Brooklyn Heights, a decomposed body was found floating on the East River was found to be another cab driver who committed suicide because he could not keep up with because the unregulated app cab service industry, even by working over 14 hours a day and wound up in insurmountable crushing debt.

Bronx

Violence-plagued Bronx high school looks to Craigslist for security help

In Jerome Park, Dewitt Clinton High School put out a employment listing on the internet for security guards paying $18 an hour since the city’s Department of Education doesn’t want or doesn’t have the money to pay licensed professionals to stem the violence in the school.

In Morris Heights, a man suffering a mental breakdown stabbed his girlfriend to death in her apartment while four kids were sleeping in another woman, and also slashed her daughter who tried to stop him.

Also in Morris Heights, a man was pulled over by cops and then shot with a tazer gun when he tried to call a relative on his cellphone because the man was accused of not moving to let an emergency vehicle pass even though he did exactly that moments earlier but the cops deliberately did not move.

In Jerome Park, a transvestite invaded an 83-year-old woman’s apartment at 2:30 p.m. and held her up at knifepoint, then he trashed the place and robbed drugs and 13 grand in cash and attempted to flee but was stopped by a neighbor who caught the burglar and knocked his ass down, causing the culprit to lose his knife then his gun when he continued to battle him.

In Concourse Village, a seven months pregnant Army Veteran got stabbed by her boyfriend multiple times, causing her to lose her baby.

Also in Concourse Village, a man got killed steps from his home after being shot at 5 times.

In Soundview, a street hassle escalated as a man assaulted another man then beat him down on the sidewalk while yanking his backpack off of him and stole his wallet as six people witnessed the mugging with three walking away with the culprit.

Also in Soundview, a 3-year-old boy was savagely beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend

In Mott Haven, a man got shot to death in front of the Patterson Houses.

In Claremont Park, a man was found shot to death lying on a street corner. When the ambulance arrived to pick up the body, a man with a bat smashed the window of the vehicle and ran off.

In Claremont, a man grabbed a woman and one 14-year-old girl on their rear ends then grabbed and grinded his body on another woman and then Trumply grabbed a 19-year-old woman in the crotch as the victims were just walking by him.

In Woodlawn Heights, a 16-year-old boy jumped out of his car and pulled a gun on two elderly women and robbed one of them of her purse. The idiotic teenage thug got arrested after he tried using one of the cards he stole from her to buy shit.

In Belmont, a man and woman robbed an auto body shop of $1,300 during the afternoon.

Also in Belmont, a man was jumped, strangled, beaten to the ground and robbed by two men as soon as he left his house to go to work.

In Claremount Village at I.S. 219, a teacher sexually molested a 14-year-old student when he got her alone in a classroom.

In Mount Hope, a man was stabbed to death in his apartment after arguing with his killer.

In Hunts Point, a man chased and shot at another man multiple times as he was running away from him in an apartment building courtyard.

In Edenwald, a traffic cop pulled a knife on her neighbor during an argument.

An imbecile who got photographed posing in front of NYPD vehicle with a gun in his hand then posted the picture on his social media account got caught riding his bike the wrong direction in Parkchester.

In Grand Concourse on the D train, a man punched a commuter and put him in a headlock and bashed his head on the train wall because he felt the victim bumped into him as they boarded.

In Norwood, an 18-year-old got killed on the street after being stabbed in the chest after partying in a courtyard.

In Baychester, an Iraq War veteran was arrested for possessing a cache of bomb making materials and military grade weaponry.

In Fordham Heights, a 7-year-old boy got killed when he rode his scooter crossing the street and got hit by a bus.

In Foxhurst, three men broke into a man’s apartment and stabbed him to death and stabbed his friend multiple times during a home invasion robbery.

Also in Foxhurst at the Simpson St. Station, a 17-year-old girl killed herself when she jumped on the tracks then stepped on the third rail.

In Orchard Beach, bones are now washing up on the shore coming from Hart Island where land erosion is wasting the graves of the remains of the city’s poor people.

Manhattan

In the East Village, a man loitering in a bank branch ATM solicited a man who just withdrew cash for $100 then beat the shit out of him after he refused as people ignored and continued their routine as the crime was taking place steps away from them (note the dummy making a cash withdrawal while the thug is kicking the victim).

Also in the East Village, a woman died in a bar/restaurant at 9 p.m. after coming in loaded on coke and booze. Night Mayor Ariel Palitz, where are you??

Again in the East Village, a app-hail driver lost control of his car as he flipped it to it’s side like a Mannix episode, then smashed into three parked vehicles

In Manhattanville and Hamilton Heights, two fetuses were found in garbage cans 8 hours apart.

In the Upper East Side, an elderly woman who just turned 93 was followed by two teenage boys who were menacing her as she was walking home, then attacked her when she arrived to her house, robbing her purse which contained 7 bucks and a metrocard and leaving her with a broken arm.

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Also on the Upper East Side, a 7-year-old boy was hit by a schmuck riding a electronic motorized bicycle. Which are currently known as E-bikes but are commonly known as motorcycles. Which are supposedly illegal to ride in this city.

Also on the Upper East Side, a man held up the same video game store at gunpoint twice in two weeks robbing them of $1,700, and also held up other similar video game stores in the Upper West Side and Chelsea.

In Harlem, a man was robbed of $60,000 worth of jewelry he was carrying in a bag by two men who chased him and beat him down when he tried to run away from them after being held up at gunpoint.

Also in Harlem, a truce between two gang rivals went awry when 10 other gangbangers showed up and one of the men pulled out a gun and shot into the encroaching crowd, hitting 2 of them.

Again in Harlem, a man followed a woman into her apartment building by catching the door and then tried to pull down her pants from behind. The woman fought back, causing him to fall down the stairs.

In Yorkville, a man selling tickets to a woman on the street was attacked from behind by a man who put him in a sleeper hold and robbed his cellphone as the woman chillingly walked away during the mugging.

 

In Hell’s Kitchen, a man robbed a bank of a grand by a passing a note to an easily frightened teller while sucking on a lolly.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, and argument between a motorcyclist and a driver of an SUV escalated when the SUV driver verbally threatened to run the motorcyclist over then ran over and crushed his motorcycle.

In Central Park, a woman walking her dog in the park was approached by a man walking two dogs that were unleashed. Then one of his dogs attacked her dog, chomping on her pet and wouldn’t release until a Samaritan noticed and helped her ward the aggressive dog off. Then the stupid idiot’s other dog menacingly circled the Samaritan and attacked him.

Devil Dog :”mind ya business punk” (pic by the mutt’s prey, John Traynor)

In Penn Station at the 34th St. Station, a blind man was robbed of his wallet by a kid that told him he was cop and picked his pocket as he went through the turnstiles.

Also in Penn Station, a married couple celebrating their anniversary coming from a Broadway show were randomly attacked by a man who spat on the woman’s face and then repeatedly punched her husband and knocked him to the ground continuing the assault on the crowded sidewalk as passerby didn’t do a fucking thing to stop it or call the cops.

In Midtown, a 2 ton 8’x14′ glass panel fell off a billionaire row building under construction and  issued a stop work order landed on a security guard, instantly killing a 67-year-old security guard.

Also in Midtown, a woman killed herself and her son in a murder-suicide when she threw her 7-year-old son off a hotel balcony on the 25th floor then jumped off herself over a volatile relationship with and separation from her husband, who a judge sided with against her plans to take her son for a European vacation

In West Harlem, a man was shot to death while eating fried chicken inside a takeout restaurant by a masked gunman.

In East Harlem, a girl committed suicide by jumping off the roof of her apartment building because she was being bullied by her classmates.

Also in East Harlem, a man died in police custody after he fought with his family in their apartment and continued to struggle during the arrest.

In Tribeca, two window washers wiping a luxury tower on the 40th floor nearly fell to their deaths as the high velocity winds swayed their scaffold around like a propeller causing it to bash into several high story windows.

In Downtown Manhattan, a man caught shoplifting at a department store was brutally beaten down and choked by a security guard.

In the Upper West Side, three morons filming a crime movie without a permit in an apartment buildings terrified residents when they were running in the halls with a fake gun and yelling shit.

Also on the Upper West Side, a man clobbered an 87-year-old man at a bank branch ATM and ran off with his money. The victim died after being in a coma for 3 days

Again on the Upper West Side, a city bus went on fire on it’s daily route.

And again on the Upper West Side at a posh upscale gym, a fitness instructor pulled down a woman’s tights and kissed her ass during a training session.

In Chelsea, a woman robbed a man’s $30,000 watch at his apartment and tried to hide it her cooch from the cops.

Also in Chelsea, a burglar was able to break into an apartment belonging to man who died, stealing $13,000 in cash and merchandise, despite that the door was sealed and locked by the NYPD.

Again in Chelsea, a man caught stealing a disgusting energy soda punched a deli worker multiple times who tried to stop him.

And again in Chelsea, a man held up a video store at gunpoint and made off with $900.

Also in Midtown West at the 7th Avenue Station, a man punched a train conductor in the face when the window was down on the F train as it was leaving the station.

Again in Midtown West, a man riding a sChITtibike on the sidewalk was pulled over by cops and was found possessing a loaded 9mm.

And again in Midtown West, a pedicab rider was knocked off his seat when President Trump’s current lawyer’s patsies opened the car door and slammed it into him as he was passing by.

In Washington Heights, a man who got rejected asking for cash from an 82-year-old woman and her health aide stalked and continued harassing them in a department store. When the cops were called to get him to leave, he bit a cop on the neck after he tried to steal his gun and injured his partners arm while he was resisting arrest.

In Kips Bay, a man walking on the sidewalk was randomly attacked by a man who punched him repeatedly in the face.

Also in Kips Bay, a teenage boy hit another boy with a baseball bat.

Again in Kips Bay, a fight between two men over a place on line in a gourmet eatery escalated when one man punched the other and the assaulted pulled out a knife.

In the Flatiron District, a man jumped out of his car with two knives and chased a man who dropped his bike and fled, the driver then slashed the bike’s tires.

In Chelsea, a man caught stealing a disgusting energy soda punched a deli worker multiple times who tried to stop him.

In Stuy Town at the Beth Israel Hospital, a man became irate and assaulted an EMS worker when he didn’t get a wheelchair because there were none around.

Also in Stuy Town, a teenage boy was caught in the act of stealing a bike with a bolt cutter.

In Inwood, a unlicensed driver in an SUV stopped by cops in an intersection refused to cooperate then stepped on the gas, did reverse donuts and sped off onto the sidewalk, smashing parked vehicles and drove off onto the Henry Hudson Parkway in the wrong direction and got caught in the South Bronx.

Also in Inwood, a karate instructor was arrested for molesting five of his girl students aged 10 to 14.

Again in Inwood, a decomposed body washed up from the Hudson River and was found in Inwood Hill Park

In Greenwich Village, a woman with a garbage bag robbed a load of delivery boxes and packages from an apartment building lobby.

In Soho, two women snatched a credit card from a purse then tried to use it to buy designer sunglasses.

Staten Island

In Stapleton, a man died after being stabbed six times in an apartment over an argument about a woman.

In Tompkinsville, an drunk off-duty cop sporting a Mr. Wonderful shirt threatened to rape and rob a woman passing by him and then knocked her down on the sidewalk and stole her purse. The actual Mr. Wonderful has not been notified of this grotesque slight to his persona.

In Grymes Hill, a woman violently assaulted an elderly couple who asked that she move her van that she parked on their driveway.

In New Springville at Willowbrook Park, a man committed suicide by swallowing a bottle of poison.

A Police State Grows In Brooklyn And Permeates The News Coverage.

002Militarized local cop in tank aiming automatic rifle at a rolled-down gate just an hour after the sun rose.

Sunset Park and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y., America

This was some week in Kings County (that’s Brooklyn to all those only familiar with the brand) for high profile encompassing police activity.

It all started early Saturday morning in Sunset Park last week when 5 men ganged up on another man on the street and one of the perpetrators hit the victim with his gun. The goons ran into a motorcycle club with beat cops on pursuit and hid out there amongst revelers as a party was still raging from the night before.

As the suspects refused to come out, the NYPD came back with a warrant and extra backup to dredge them out. Which is actually understating  it, because they came with a virtual army.

(Photos by Theodore Presirienne, NY Daily News)

In what looks like a real-time embedded report by the NY Daily News, the militaristic deployment of local cops dressed in helmets, shields and toting automatic rifles which usually shows a presence at major transit hubs, parades and civil assembly protests crashed the party and emptied out the club of everyone inside and detained the suspects,who actually came out by themselves and surrendered, as they scared the shit out of the citizenry in the vicinity in a scene that looked like it was raid of a suspected hideout of a terrorist group in Fallujah or Gaza or a invasion by President Assad’s own armed forces in a town he would consider gassing in Syria.

Residents including students on spring break in nearby apartment buildings with views of the dramatic raid were told by the cops to stay away from their windows when they were about to film it on their phones, supposedly for their safety in case there was a shootout. Which makes no goddamn sense considering the ratio of firepower the militia outside was packing to the single gun the thugs used to bash a guy. The suspects eventually came out and surrendered and managed to get everyone inside detained and held in a paddy wagon for hours for their little street crime.

What gives this a high level of intrigue, especially considering that people were being discouraged/ordered by the cops not to film the “standoff”, is how the story was published by Tronc on the Daily News website and the city’s hometown newspaper.

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Although the digital version has the complete story, the print edition just went with a photo montage and a eerily positive headline:

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The online story also underplayed the role the militarized cops from the Emergency Services Division as the print version shows the presence of a armored personnel carrier, or what is more commonly known as a tank.

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What the hell is this cop aiming at anyway? There has to be a wider resolution picture that this derived from. And what the fuck is a tank doing there on a local street in Brooklyn that you would normally see in NY Times international section of military incursions in a local town in Syria or Yemen. And again, what the fuck is a tank with a cop pointing his rifle at a steel roll down gated storefront when there were snipers on the roofs of buildings where people lived who were told not to film anything. The same can be asked for this grandiose and pointless use of military hardware and ordinance for a what is basically a typical arrest attempt of a group of hoodlums.  Unless the point is to show dominance and intimidation to the citizenry to accept a misleading sense of security and safety and a disturbing and risky new method to detain suspected criminals. Clearly the only people who were endangering the public weren’t only the thugs hiding out in some dank club for a few hours but the excessive frightening display of a militarized police force that looked like they were about to throw a coup against a dictator.

The potential for someone getting hit in the crossfire in the chance of any of these weapons being utilized in a dense local area is not being considered at all by N.Y.’s finest, mostly from the orders of the high brass in the precinct in that area or even from One Police Plaza (eh, Commissioner?).

Well, it’s fortunate it didn’t come to that. This time. Since the raid was confirmed to have come to a peaceful end.

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Not so peaceful is the fact that there is absolutely no footage from the militaristic raid, when everything these days is instagrammed, facebooked and twittered by the public.

After this raid reached it’s peaceful end, it might have been safe to assume that some cops might stick around and canvas the area for the rest of the day to protect the public from other street fights or any other random criminal act or more likely to deter sexual assaults since reported rapes are up 25% in the city (no thanks to Harvey Weinstein). But somehow later in the evening there were no cops available by a karaoke club in Sunset Park, where a man inside was stabbed three times in the chest and died after he hailed a cab to take him to a hospital.

But this contradictory coverage of this raid pales in comparison as the vertical integration of journalism imposed by the police reached a nadir a few days later.

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In Crown Heights, a man named Saheed Vassell was roaming around the streets holding a metal object pretending to shoot at people. He stopped at a corner in front of a fruit market when 3 patrol vehicles rolled up after 3 911 calls were placed. 5 cops, three plain clothes and two in uniform came out and immediately fired as they exited their cars after Vassal raised his arms holding the object. In less than 10 seconds, 4 of the cops shot him 10 times, 9 bullets hitting vital organs, instantly killing him as he bled on the concrete.

The metal object was a disassembled welding torch.

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Video footage of Vassal of menacing passerby from store and street cameras was released by the NYPD a day after the shooting interspersed with dictated 911 calls (it’s swift release which CBS News website found to be unusual) . The video has no audio, making it impossible to determine the reactions of the callers or the operators.

 

 

A lot has been written more about Vassell than the 5 cops who showed up and gunned him down. Saheed was a former welder suffering from bipolar disorder, he lived with his family in a two-bedroom apartment and was well-known and beloved by the community there who knew about his mental condition but did not consider him threatening, had a friend who was shot dead by a cop as he tried to steal a car, he had 23 prior arrests.

But as for the 5 cops who gunned him down, no info at all but what the NYPD chose to release. Particularly the alleged fact proffered that the 5 cops assigned to the scene that they never shot at anyone before on duty, have all served on the force for about 6 years (all of them?) and the racial makeup of the officers were two white men, two black men and a southeast Asian man, this being the most specifically transparent of all the information the NYPD released so far. All of the cops were not equipped with body cams. The three plainclothes cops come from the anti-terror and anti-crime units. After shooting him down, the cops cuffed him.

Video footage of when the actual shooting took place was released just a day ago in the NY Post five days after the initial video above showing people running from the scene of the incident and a group of men walking towards Vassell across the street. The video like the others has no audio.

When Saheed’s father went to Kings County hospital to see his son in the medical examirer’s lab, he was turned away by “officials” there, refusing to let him see his son’s body.

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The NY Post assisted the NYPD’s narrative by taking witnesses claims of Vassal as unhinged and terrorizing citizens before the shooting and a story in the NY Daily News describing one witness opinion that it was a clean shoot. The shooting went down less than 10 seconds, during that brief period according to the NYPD, cops exited their vehicles and ordered Vassell to drop it 3 times, Vassell aim his object and the cops shot him down. Although CBSNY interviewed two witnesses  that claimed no one said a word or even a warning that they were cops, which runs counter to the alleged claims of the NYPD’s source, also an unnamed cop, being that they will not release the names of the officers who fired the shots making it difficult to determine who actually gave the warning since no one knows who these cops are.

In the NY Daily News another witness who also never heard any verbal warnings from the cops described the swift reaction to the shooting by describing it as a hit. But judging how quick the cops were to shoot and how precise their shots were to bring him down (with the exception of one bullet that missed and hit a chicken restaurant nearby) and the fact (of the few available) that three of the cops came from special divisions conveys that it was something that the CIA would pull on a suspected terrorist or a foreign adversary. Which makes this incident just as similar and frightening as the militarized police deployment in Sunset Park.

Even though this has shooting has ignited outrage from the community in Crown Heights, the NYPD has meticulously macro-managed the incident. Even though it’s being covered in the daily papers, it has barely made news on television. (And for some reason, it has not been covered by progressive news sources like The Young Turks, as their youtube channel has not made any videos discussing this tragic and preventable shooting even though they have been meticulous in covering every story regarding excessive police force throughout the nation.)

Press conferences following the shooting from NYPD brass have been startling, starting with cop still calling what Vassell was holding a gun even after it was verified it was a piece of junk. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce stressed how the cops did not have time for other options so they had to fire giving the immediate threat of Vassal’s stance. Even Mayor de Blasio, who was quick to the punch to prosecute a cop for firing his gun and killing Deborah Danner in her apartment when she swung a bat at him, defended this erasatz professional street killing by citing the split second decision the cops assigned there had to make.

Which flies in the face of the neighborhood policing campaign the city has been promoting for the last month. Vassell was a familiar fixture in the neighborhood and everyone knew he was mentally ill but not a consistent threat. Vassell was also well known by the cops in the precinct there so why the necessity to send undercover cops in unmarked vehicles instead of utilizing the neighborhood policing policy and sending precinct cops instead. (Maybe the two uniformed officers were from the precinct covering that area? Everyone is going to have to wait for that.)

And if there was only a split second to predetermine that Vassell was a danger to citizens and to the cops who rolled up, why couldn’t they take another second to determine that he was wielding a piece of junk so to avoid a tragedy and endangering the citizens and children around there? Considering that even in those 911 transcripts that no shots were fired and people couldn’t tell it was a weapon. Or maybe take another second to utilize a pair of binoculars to see what Vassal was actually holding. Because what he was pointing at them with was garbage. It didn’t have a trigger or a handle to grip on.

Apparently what was utilized instead was the precision policing program that is normally used to neutralize gang violence and gun dealing on one disturbed individual.

And what about those 911 calls. In every heavily publicized policing incident, the audio is readily available. The rationale for not disclosing these calls equally makes no sense and is open to interpretation and cynical suspicion. Is it to prevent people from telling what races the callers are? Being that Crown Heights has seen a rising racial makeup change because of rapid gentrification in the town. But why should that matter because these three callers were only worried about the safety of the people on the street at the time. How are could they or more particularly their voices be culpable for the death of Saheed?

Despite constant reassurances from high brass and our mayor, Vassal’s family and the people of Crown Heights as well as every other citizen demanding answers and full accountability and full transparency are being undermined by the machinations of the NYPD of what is ostensibly to build their case to justify the shooting as the investigation by the A.G. is in it’s nascent stage. As all the conflating descriptions of the shooting by the anonymous cops is set to assure their acquittal or even file a case against them at all.

If there are conflations to be made relevant to this killing of an innocent though mentally disturbed man, the manufactured justification for it to go with the media manipulation of the evidence and the coverage, look no further than any of the shootings resulting from excessive force in the midst of an arrest or an escalation during a routine stop or suspicion in the widespread publicized killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castle, Tamir Rice and Ramarley Graham, whose mother joined the Vassal family in solidarity to protest in front of City Hall on Friday.

And in eerily similar cases last March when Stephon Clark was gunned down in his grandmother’s backyard in a fusillade of bullets and also handcuffed as he bled out on the grass and Danny Ray Thomas, a mentally disturbed man who was shot to death by a cop after he approached him with his pants down to his ankles.

It’s like there’s a proclivity to shoot immediately under the slightest perceived or arbitrary threat. It might not only be from lack of training to handle situations with mentally disturbed people but from a pragmatic policy. Because video footage from 12 years ago surfaced last week of a sheriff who’s running for re-election was asking and answering a rhetorical question on a hot mic to reporter on how it’s more frugal for government finances to kill a suspect than it is to wound them.

“When a deputy shoots somebody, which way is better financially? To cripple them or kill them for the county?”

“Kill them?” someone off camera asks before Youngblood answers “Absolutely.”

“Because if you cripple them you have to take care of them for life and that cost goes way up,” he said.

Since we don’t know anything currently about the cops who shot down Vassel on a street corner in cold blood, something like this theory this asshole sheriff blathered out loud 12 years ago could be kind of an open secret or unofficial policy to enact swift lethal justice on people deemed to be expendable.

But for now we all have to wait till the investigation is final to know the intentions and names of the four cops and even for the entire footage that the NYPD has released in scant selective drips. This media whitewashing of the killing just might be under the influence and gamesmanship of recently appointed NYPD spokesman Phil Walszak, whose previous duties were to make de Blasio look good and act as an editor-in-chief to the press by demanding of them to only ask questions only about the topic the Mayor was discussing or interested in. His presence and the city’s (current) exploitation of the 50-a civil rights law protecting criminally incompetent and corrupt cops from the public’s demands of prior offenses while on and off the job.

Despite all the care being utilized to mollify the public of these situations, which is being met with hardened cynicism considering recent history and the fact that the handling of this shooting is straining credibility, compounded by the fact that Mayor de Blasio has no credibility at all, this is truly only the beginning. For now it appears that the integration of beat and militarized cops is now being implemented with regular crime-fighting, (d)evolving from the initial use of them for the free assemblage of protesters and exhibitions of defense from unconfirmed terrorist threats.

Which will inevitably lead to more unfortunate events like the street killing of Saheed Vassell and who knows what else since every citizen is being kept in the dark just so the Mayor and his NYPD can look competent and caring. Which will lead to more anger and confusion among the constituency, more protests that will lead to clashes between the people and the heavily armored cops and more expensive lawsuits and settlements against the NYPD, all of which definitely will not result in a-

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Update

A video made by a citizen Jose Lasalle of the community activist group CopWatch was released by news magazine The Indypendent of the scene possibly minutes after the shooting of Saheed Vassell by four police officers:

The video shows a police vehicle blocking the intersection and two cars in the middle of it, a woman confronting the cops who are motioning for her to back away but she still is able to get at a cop’s face. Cops surrounding the body and the two plainclothes cops standing on the corner where Vassell is lying dead on the sidewalk.

One of the plainclothes cop’s is wearing a T-shirt of The Punisher logo. The Punisher is a superhero comic book character who metes out justice by shooting and killing his foes and criminals on sight.

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The Patch website for Crown Heights has the entire texts of the 911 calls.

The city has still not released the audio of the 911 calls nor the names of the cops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predisent Donald Trump, American Gangster

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The impeachment and maybe indictment process has begun. James Comey, FBI director unceremoniously and cowardly terminated by Predisent Trump, went to the House of Senate to testify for 3 hours of his dismissal and his awkward confrontations and meetings in thorough detail. This hearing may be the equivalent of a filing to a human resources complaint dept. in any corporation.

What Predisent Trump did to and how he treated Comey was basically the equivalent of making a pass at a comely female executive or bombshell secretary, but more likely the way a mafia crime boss would make certain demands during a payoff or a threat to some spineless elected or appointed official at one of their “social clubs”. The problem, the big problem is that it was the FBI director,the United States’ primary federal law enforcement agency, and is responsible for its day-to-day operations, he was trying to coax into easing up on his disastrous and erroneous pick for NSA advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn., a man who was an essential and loyal piece for Trump’s victory lap to the White House but, as with many other advisors and in his former/current business dealings especially those related to the predisent, had dealings and meetings involving money and promises with top Russian officials and purposely did not mention it to secure positions in government.

Trumpie must have assumed, as he declared to Lesley Stahl in that first 60 minutes interview and to the NY Times editorial board back in January that since as president he has absolutely can’t have a conflict of interest, that it applied to his browbeating and demands of abject loyalty of the deposed Comey, as it applies to his refusal to release his current tax returns and his defiant disobeying of the emoluments clause and the running of his businesses. How in spite of Comey’s comforting reassurances that the predisent was not involved in the probe of Russian breaches of the election, Trump still pressed him to back off, like some cartoon parody of Al Capone.

And in defiant spite of the fact that you don’t fire the person who you think is investigating you.

Comey’s public and televised employer complaint forum showed the nation a lot of what is already and obviously known. The predisent is a confirmed and validated fucking liar instead of a just a reputed, notorious one.

James Comey did an interesting and what should be inspiring thing that every employee going through hardship, stress and intimidation in the workplace, and that is that he took notes of every interaction and conversation with Predisent Trump, being that you can’t believe a word out of his halitosis emitting mouth and he cannot be trusted. Apparently, it’s more efficient and less risky to write everything down instead of filming video and audio recording.

Speaking of audio recording, Comey and the nation certainly are wondering and are awaiting these alleged tapes produced by the predisent/Godfather of America. Comey brought new heft to his usage of the word “lordy” by outright challenging Trump to release them.

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Following Comey’s damning exposure of the wretched executive in chief, Trump’s hillbilly consigliere and Comey’s former immediate supervisor AG Jefferson Sessions took the stand the other day and refused to answer reasonable questions and remember or recall anything at all about his illicit involvement of Comey’s dismissal and his bosses attempt to obstruct an investigation. Basically, what this goober has historically done at the pleasure of the predisent is preemptive executive privilege.

“Stonewall” Sessions behaved like a petulant little brat as he yelled how offended he was as a long time public servant/establishment political hack with self-righteous indignation then proceeded to blow off every question with seething contempt, especially to Senator Kamala Harris of California, who properly persisted to his swaggering obfuscations and bullshit only to be interrupted by Sen. McCain demanding the AG weasel have a chance to respond even though he refused during the whole hearing. The look on Sessions face was scuzzy with vile glee after that order from the flesh and blood version of Grandpa Simpson.

Jefferson couldn’t be more like Frank Cantangeli in the Godfather II when he abruptly developed amnesia during Michael’s trial.

What the predisent has done, quite unsophisticated and ineptly has integrated government and organized crime.

It has even upended his very cabinet, for the day before Sessions performance, the Predisent gathered some all of his plutocabinet members at a table for a press release, with each member verbally demonstrating their loyalty privilege to serve under Trump.

In a way, it is quite amusing to see people of such worth and stature reduced to undignified groveling. Good thing no one went rogue and dissented, because this could have been a recreation of Al Capone’s baseball analogy in The Untouchables.

Aside from the easy movie classic references, this is deranged. These are college educated, wealthy adults and former business leaders here acting as subjected yes men and women. It seems the only thing that was built during infrastructure week is the massive bubble built around the white house, encasing the predisent when he walks around in public and his golf resorts and hotels with his dumb name on it.

And if these disgraceful acts by our predisent isn’t lousy enough, Trump has decided to let his capo  General Mattis take over the reigns and make future decisions of troop deployments in future missions in Afghanistan to go along with fighting ISIS and other splinter terror groups. So if things go wrong, he will not be responsible so he assumes. (But mostly because he thinks he is a big shot but he is a another lazy deadbeat with a government job.) And his dimwit son and nepotism beauty expert Eric got caught diverting funds from his cancer patient charity golf tournaments to his poppop’s foundation, possibly/certainly to get much needed funding to Trump’s then struggling campaign that he allegedly funded himself.

This cannot end soon enough, but clearly this is going to take a while. A long while. Enough time to rewrite the budget and legislation that will benefit all those ghouls fortunes at that table, corporate monopolies as well as the international gangsters who financed Trump for the past decade and a half.

Justice is practically in standstill and languishing in purgatory, but with these hearings it still faintly exists. Even if it’s a dreadful imitation of it and in a state of disarray.

Better hope it doesn’t befell the fate of normal…

 

For now, everyone willing to be in and profit from the DC bubble, bow down and kiss the ring of Don Worthless.