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    ?We have to break the cycle?: Violence across city, sparked by gang retribution, continues to rise
    By Thomas Tracy
    New York Daily News |
    Mar 27, 2021 at 11:00 PM

    Shootings continue to rise in New York City, and the cloud of gun smoke blanketing the five boroughs won?t part until the brutal cycle of gang violence is finally cracked, experts say.

    ?The shootings we are seeing are mostly gang shootings, which means they?re fueled by retribution,? said Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-profit group that studies public safety and criminal justice. ?One shooting begets another shooting begets another shooting.

    ?We have to break the cycle,? Aborn said. ?The surge in gun violence is the second biggest threat to public health in this city after COVID.?

    After suffering through a 97% surge of shootings last year, cops are already combating a 44% jump in gun play this year, according to NYPD statistics. Murders across the city are also up, by nearly 14%, cops said.

    As of Friday, 260 people have been wounded in 231 shootings ? and spring has just begun.

    This time last year, there were 71 fewer shootings ? 160 incidents in which 181 people were hit by bullets, police data shows...


    • #32
      Originally posted by sharon sanders View Post
      Some estimate 50k homeless in Los Angeles. The CDC rent moratorium is due to expire in a week.

      One of many areas in LA....these homeless have apparently been offered hotel rooms....

      Protesters, police face off at Echo Park Lake before clearing of homeless encampment


      added video:
      Apparently there will be some kind of forced removal tomorrow....


      • #33
        Capitol lockdown: 1 officer dead, 1 injured after car rams into barrier; suspect killed by police

        Published 2 hours ago
        Last Update 1 hour ago
        By Tyler Olson, Morgan Phillips

        The United States Capitol was locked down on Friday due to an "exterior security threat" after a car rammed into a barrier on the Senate side of the complex. One officer died and another was injured, according to United States Capitol Police (USCP), who said the suspect was killed by police after he exited his Navy Sedan and attacked them with a knife.


        • #34

          Most Riot, Looting Cases From Last Year Dropped by NYC DAs
          By Jonathan Dienst and Courtney Copenhagen • Published June 18, 2021 • Updated on June 18, 2021 at 6:25 pm

          One year ago, parts of New York City felt out of control as crowds of looters were seen smashing storefront after storefront.

          The mayhem continued night after night from late May into June. At one point, there was even a so-called “looting dance party” on the streets of SoHo.

          The mobs seemingly pillaged at will. Many were caught on tape, some with their faces visible. Others even posted on social their own videos of their actions those nights.

          “We got the Rolex store,” some in the crowd can be heard screaming in one video.

          Police were far outnumbered and seemingly unprepared.

          Hundreds of arrests were made during the looting and riots. Many of those arrests took place in Manhattan and along some commercial streets in the Bronx where the problems were widespread.

          Surveillance videos show looters breaking into many locally owned Bronx stores, stores that were left ransacked.

          NYPD data reviewed by the NBC New York I-Team shows 118 arrests were made in the Bronx during the worst of the looting in early June.

          Since then, the NYPD says the Bronx DA and the courts have dismissed most of those cases – 73 in all. Eighteen cases remain open and there have been 19 convictions for mostly lesser counts like trespassing, counts which carry no jail time.

          Jessica Betancourt owns an eyeglass shop that was looted and destroyed along Burnside Avenue in the Bronx last June.

          “Those numbers, to be honest with you, is disgusting,” Betancourt said when told of the few cases being prosecuted.

          Betancourt is also vice president of a local merchants association. She says local business leaders are upset few are being held accountable for the destruction they caused.

          “I was in total shock that everything is being brushed off to the side.”...


          • #35

            From Chicago to NYC, cities grapple with rise in shootings, murders: 'It's been a very bloody year'

            Crystal Hill 6 days ago

            As the U.S. enters a new post-pandemic reality, cities across the country are dealing with a surge in homicides and other violent crimes — including a rash of mass shootings — with some officials fearing that the worst is yet to come.

            “The spike in homicides and nonfatal shootings is extremely alarming,” said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, who recently left the Houston Police Department and leads the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of law enforcement executives. “One of the reasons we talk about a bloody summer ahead for our country is because it’s already been a very bloody year, a very deadly year for Americans.”

            Recent crime data shows that relatively few cities have been spared from a rise in homicides this year. While experts have some hope that this summer won’t be as deadly as 2020, which saw the biggest one-year spike in homicides in more than a generation, they cautioned that the U.S. may be on a troubling trajectory.




            • #36

              Sheriff's riot squad likely to step back from crowd control [Oregon]
              Nick Budnick
              June 22 2021
              Mass defections from Portland's rapid response unit cited as sheriff's unit curbed.

              Multnomah County will rein in use of its crowd control unit to police protests in the wake of the mass resignation of Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team, a top union official says.

              The informal commitment was made in response to concerns voiced by the county's 15-member unit, which bears the same name as the Portland RRT, said Sgt. Matt Ferguson, president of the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriffs Association, which represents the unit's members.

              Ferguson said the concerns driving the informal change echoed those voiced by the Portland unit when its 50 members resigned from their controversial assignment on Wednesday, June 16: lack of support by Portland's leaders, and a feeling that District Attorney Mike Schmidt was more tolerant of rioters attacking police than of police who use force as trained and directed by management. (See story, Page A1; editorial, Page A6.)

              Ferguson said the message came from managers that his members would only be deployed with great caution.

              "We're probably going to greatly restrict our activities. ... I don't think it's in our members' best interest to go clear rioters from the streets," he said.

              "The perception is violence directed at police is sanctioned in our community now: It is OK to throw rocks and bottles and stones at the police," he added. "One of our deputies had a mortar round explode in his face and knocked him unconscious. He lost his hearing for two or three days. He was in the hospital, and he resigned."

              Asked about the change described by Ferguson, a spokesman for Sheriff Mike Reese provided a general comment. Communications Director Chris Liedle said the priorities of the office have not changed, but declined to say whether the office would continue to provide support for Portland police crowd control efforts as it has in the past...