Eric Adams praises police for safety at J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade
New York Metropolis’s sometimes violence-plagued J’Ouvert pageant and West Indian Day Parade went off and not using a hitch over the weekend for the primary time in latest reminiscence, officers mentioned Tuesday.
NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey mentioned, “It’s been some time” because the annual Labor Day occasions in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, haven’t been marred by shootings, together with a number of that led to deaths.
Mayor Eric Adams credited the efforts of regulation enforcement officers and members of his administration’s civilian “Disaster Administration Workforce” who spent 4 days within the space forward of time.
“We used the complete scope of each company and their capabilities,” Adams mentioned throughout a information convention at NYPD headquarters in Decrease Manhattan.
“And due to that, you noticed a celebration with out that conventional violence that was connected.”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell mentioned cops might have prevented a taking pictures after they busted an unidentified man who “was coming into that space with a firearm.”
“He was rapidly apprehended, and that firearm was seized,” she mentioned.
NYPD Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, later mentioned the suspect was nabbed at Flatbush Avenue and Grand Military round 11 a.m. Monday.
The person apparently slipped by way of a spot in safety between the top of J’Ouvert and the beginning of the parade, Kemper mentioned.
His arrest got here after he was stopped for using a mud bike and not using a license plate and whereas not carrying a helmet, a regulation enforcement official informed The Publish.
Previous event-related incidents embody the 2015 slaying of lawyer Carey Gabay, an aide to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was caught within the crossfire throughout a shootout between rival gangs through the pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration.
Sewell didn’t reply immediately when requested by The Publish why the gatherings have been so violent when in comparison with different ethnic festivals held within the Huge Apple.
“So, we have a look at all occasions. With out specializing in this one, clearly, we’ve talked in regards to the occasions prior to now, and this has been tormented by violence prior to now,” she mentioned.
“However we have a look at occasions throughout this whole metropolis, and after we acknowledge the truth that this occasion has been tormented by violence prior to now, we now have to place the assets there. However make no mistake about it, we do an evaluation of all occasions earlier than we put a plan collectively.”