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‘Violence interrupter’ says young man was shot during mediation — NYC is pouring millions into the community program

New York City is pouring millions into community programs intended to offer alternatives to normal policing in an attempt to quell the rise in violent crime.

Visol Smith is employed as a “violence interrupter” at Sheltering Arms, a community program in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens. He told WLNY-TV that young man was shot right in front of him as he tried to mediate the situation.

“I was in a situation recently where a young man got shot right next to me,” said Smith.

“I was in the process of doing the mediation and um he got shot, you know, two times, I had to duck and cover,” he explained. “So I’ve been been in a situation where guns been pulled on me, you know, it’s part of the job.”

New York City is spending $16 million to support these programs, and Sheltering Arms is going to see their budget increase by 25 percent as a result.

Smith explained why he believed violence interruption could be a more effective policy than simple policing.

“Being that we live in the community and we’re for the community, people respect us, who we are,” he said. “We don’t get that push back, that mind your own business.”

The murder rate in New York City has increased by 23% so far in 2020.

Black Lives Matter activists have demanded community efforts like “violence interrupters” to be employed instead of a police force as part of the “defund the police” strategy. Some cities, like Austin, Texas, have already begun to reroute funding away from the police department to social services they say will address the underlying causes of crime and violence.

A poll in July found that most Americans either want funding for the police to stay the same, 42%, or for funding for the police to increase, 31%. Only a quarter of Americans polled said they supported funding for the police to decrease.

Here’s the local news report:


$16 Million Citywide Initiative Hopes To Curb Gun Violence Using ‘Violence Interrupters,’ Community

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Retired NYPD sergeant beaten with over a dozen punches to head in video caught in broad daylight

A retired New York City police sergeant was knocked to the ground and suffered over a dozen punches to the head in a brutal attack caught on surveillance video Tuesday morning in Manhattan, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

What are the details?

The former sergeant was seen speaking with the attacker for at least a minute outside a Garment District deli on West 39th Street, the paper said of the obtained clip.

The suspect — whom police sources identified as 20-year-old Masterjadin Roman — then allegedly throws what appears to be a bottle at the retired officer, the Post said.

With that, the retired officer charges at Roman:

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

But to no avail, as the attacker easily lifts him up and slams him to the sidewalk:

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

And then the beating begins, as the suspect then quickly lands over a dozen punches to the retired sergeant’s head.

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

After the punching ceases, Roman and his companion appear to steal a cellphone and headphones from the former cop and begin to walk away, the paper said.

But apparently that wasn’t enough.

The retired sergeant is seen trying to get up from the sidewalk as another man emerges from behind to help him, and the attacker turns his head, walks back to the victim, and kicks him in the head.

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

The Post said it’s not immediately clear what sparked the violence, but police sources told the paper Roman has been accused of aggressive panhandling and given a desk appearance ticket.

As is common with such incidents, a number of people were nearby when the attack took place and made no effort to intervene.

Anything else?

Violence against the NYPD has been on the rise since George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police in late May, which led to nationwide protests and riots:

  • A frequent participant in Occupy City Hall protests in New York City was caught on surveillance video in July allegedly trying to cut the brake lines of a police van in Brooklyn.
  • NYPD officers were physically attacked on the Brooklyn Bridge by Occupy City Hall protesters in July, leaving one officer with multiple fractures of his orbital bones and cuts needing 12 stitches. And when NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan intervened, the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer was punched in the face, too, court documents said.
  • And cellphone video caught the moment an NYPD cop fought a gang member who apparently was interfering in an arrest. The gang member allegedly put the officer in a headlock — and then the taunting began: “You just got smoked, p***y!”

Official NYPD crime stats indicate 49 shootings took place in the city between July 7 and July 12, nearly a 277% increase compared to the 13 incidents that occurred over the same period in 2019. According to the NYPD, this past June was the deadliest and most violent June in 24 years, totaling 205 shooting incidents.

In fact, the owner of a New York City tactical shop said body armor sales are up 80% over 2019 due to the spike in violence this year.

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NYC tactical gear shop owner: Body armor sales up 80% since last year, customers frightened over city’s spike in violence

The owner of a New York City tactical shop the told the New York Post that body armor sales are up 80% over 2019 due to the spike in violence this year.

“You wouldn’t believe the people who call up and say, ‘I’m scared,'” Brad Pedell — who runs 221B Tactical in midtown Manhattan — told the paper, adding that most buyers are from the Bronx and Brooklyn where shootings have skyrocketed.

What are the details?

Pedell told the paper that customers tell him they need the protection because their “neighborhood is getting dangerous.”

Official New York City Police Department crime stats indicate that 49 shootings took place in the city between July 7 and July 12, nearly a 277% increase compared to the 13 incidents that occurred over the same period in 2019. According to the NYPD, this past June was the deadliest and most violent June in 24 years, totaling 205 shooting incidents.

Earlier this month, a group of teens reportedly carried out a brutal assault on an off-duty NYPD officer while he was on his way to work.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, told the Post that “people are scared” and “guns are flying off the shelves and now bullet-resistant vests.”

While 221B Tactical primarily provides protective gear for police officers, first responders, and the military, others frequent the shop — and the Post said Pedell’s customers tend to keep their purchases and motivations for buying to themselves.

A Manhattan woman who bought a vest declined to discuss the reason behind her purchase, the paper said, adding that she said in a text, “I am a private citizen and I keep a low profile.”

A Queens customer, who purchased a vest for a family member who works in a crime-ridden Bronx neighborhood, declined to discuss the matter when questioned by a reporter, the Post noted.

Anything else?

There are numerous other examples of the NYPD under attack by leftists in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of Minneapolis police in late May, which led to nationwide unrest:

  • A frequent participant in Occupy City Hall protests in New York City was caught on surveillance video in July allegedly trying to cut the brake lines of a police van in Brooklyn.
  • NYPD officers were physically attacked on the Brooklyn Bridge by Occupy City Hall protesters in July, leaving one officer with multiple fractures of his orbital bones and cuts needing 12 stitches. And when NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan intervened, the department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer was punched in the face, too, court documents said.
  • And cellphone video caught the moment an NYPD cop fought a gang member who apparently was interfering in an arrest. The gang member allegedly put the officer in a headlock — and then the taunting began: “You just got smoked, p***y!”
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Outrage erupts over video of NYPD cop tasing Black Lives Matter protester. Police say the video doesn’t tell the full story.

A viral video showing a New York City police officer tasing a Black Lives Matter protester inspired outrage online against police, but they say it doesn’t show the entire story of the incident.

The altercation occurred in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, where pro-police protesters clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters.

The viral video shows an officer get into an altercation with a black man at the protest. The man appeared to refuse the order from an officer to back up out of the street and got tackled by another officer.

That officer tased the man, who fell to the ground and was arrested.

Videos of the incident were circulated widely among critics of the police on social media.

Many of those outraged were angered that the man arrested appeared to be tased because he was yelling at police.

However, according to the New York Daily News, police said that 15 seconds before the video recording, the man had allegedly flung a helmet at an officer.

The Washington Post reported that the incident is under investigation, according to the New York City mayor’s office.

Here’s a news report about the incident:


‘Back The Blue,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ Groups Clash In Bay Ridge

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AOC says spike in NYC crime could be caused by people ‘who need to shoplift some bread’

New York City has experienced a surge in violent crime in recent weeks, including a 200% increase in shootings between June 15 and July 2 of this year, compared to the same time in 2019. Over the July 4th holiday weekend, 64 people were shot, and 11 died from their gunshot wounds. In the last four weeks, New York City has seen an increase in shootings compared to last year.

There was one especially heartbreaking shooting caught on video of a father gunned down in broad daylight while walking hand-in-hand with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx.

But it isn’t just gun violence troubling the Big Apple. In the past two weeks, there was a grisly knife attack in the subway and a stabbing in Brooklyn.

Following the George Floyd protests against police brutality, the New York Police Department disbanded its plainclothes unit, which has been involved in a disproportionate number of fatal officer-involved shootings.

Last week, an NYPD cop shared a video mocking the new and overly cautious policing tactics being implemented in New York City following the nationwide protests against police brutality.

In early June, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he is moving “resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget.”

Mayor de Blasio proposed cutting nearly $1 billion from the NYPD. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) scoffed at the proposal, calling it a “disingenuous illusion.” She said, “Defunding police means defunding police.”

On Thursday during a virtual town hall, Ocasio-Cortez talked about the “uptick in crime” in New York City. She pointed out that the cuts to NYPD hasn’t happened yet, and there is still an increase in crime.

AOC proposed some theories for the crime wave, and asked: “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now?” Ocasio-Cortez continued, “The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession.”

The Democratic socialist hypothesized that the increase in NYC violence could stem from rent demands and people shoplifting bread.

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you… maybe have to… they’re put in a position… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

According to the NYPD crime data, petit larceny, stealing of personal property that has a value less than $1,000, was down 7.5% compared to last year. However, murder was up 27.1% and shooting incidents were up 53.5%.

Ocasio-Cortez also speculated that the skyrocketing crime could be caused because “unemployment provisions have not been given to everyone.” She also suggested that the crime may have increased because “some people still have not been given their stimulus check yet.”

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