If you want to meet and express yourself to the cops at the 71st, go to the Precinct Community Council meeting at 7PM at the school at the corner of NY Ave and Empire, kitty corner from the precinct itself. They meet once a month and could use more involvement.
Finally from the NY Times publishes an article that nails the issue. The Q has been privy to enough "intel" around hear to know this is very, very accurate. Here's hoping the 71st finds a way to move forward in light of what's really happening. And what's that, exactly? Street crews involved in petty arguments are fueling the increase in shootings. And when I say petty, I mean petty petty petty. Want to know why we can't keep these guys behind bars? Well, unless they actually shot someone and it can be proved, or were caught with an illegal gun and it can be proved, it's really hard to get these low level crews on anything but public drinking or weed. We know who the guys are, we even sometimes know the beefs. So...what next? That's why I wanted to find out what the D.A. could do about it, since the gang laws can sometimes be used. At one particular building, an attempt is being made to toss those in an apartment on Section 8 fraud, since it's hard to kick someone out of their home, particularly if the lease-holder isn't involved in the criminal activity.
Times on Crews
I've forwarded everything I've written, and the comments you all have made, and a letter asking for an Impact Zone or greater undercover operations, and generally more presence on the streets, to those above the level of the precinct (Kelly's office and Brooklyn South). It's only my opinion, but I don't think the 71st is corrupt. Vinnie's been there for years under many commanders. Jack is a decent guy, as are many of his underlings. They work hard, and they share what they know openly. They explain the struggles they're having and it makes sense to meet. They're in over their heads though, and they need help from every angle.
Sure it sucks to keep meeting and feel like we're not getting results. But you can't expect overnight miracles. And even though we meet, very few of us step forward to keep the pressure on. An email list of those interested in meeting pretty regularly is growing, and I'd love to add your name. I'll keep you up to date on things that don't belong in a public forum like this. Let me know if you want on. It's completely fine to let the authorities do their job and go about your business. But the spike in shootings around here is very real, and we need all the attention and sharing of info we can get.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.