Gangs: stay away - Cops crack down on pier security

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Cops in Canarsie and an assemblage of borough gang members clashed again Saturday with the Canarsie Pier acting as the NYPD’s line in the sand.

“My whole stance now is that the Canarise Pier is closed to gang activity,” said Captain Milt Marmara, the commanding officer of the 69th Precinct. “We’re not putting up with it anymore.”

Officials said that upwards of 600 gang members were found hanging out on the Pier at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Upon hearing the news, cops from the 69th Precinct immediately instituted a plan to rid the pier of the gang members and disperse them quietly.

“With the help of the Parks Service, we followed the new protocol, closed the pier down and called a level one mobilization to disperse the crowd,” explained Marmara. His officers, he said, “were caught off guard” this past Memorial Day weekend when hundreds of gang members showed up and congregated there without any prior warning.

Marmara said that as the crowds were dispersed, two would-be gang members were arrested, one for possession of an imitation pistol. Another was charged with disorderly conduct.

No officers were injured as they dispersed the crowd. This was a contrast to Memorial Day, when a cop suffered a minor injury as he tried to quell the obstreperous crowds.

Once the pier was vacated, it was closed for the rest of the evening, officials said.

Police said that on the same night — just a half-hour before the incident at the pier — cops responded to a 911 call about gang members hanging out in a school yard behind P.S. 114 near the corner of Glenwood Road and Remsen Avenue.

Marmara said that about 100 youths – all Blood members — were found in the park.

Once again, the crowd, half of which were Canarsie residents, was dispersed.

“We scattered them and ended up arresting six of them,” Marmara said.

The youths were charged with unlawful assembly. Two of the teens were also charged with weapons possession when gravity knives were found on them.

Sources said that it is unclear just why gangs like the Bloods and Crips have decided to hold their conclaves and initiations in Canarsie.

But that’s not stopping the police from taking quick action.

“Gangs are not welcome in Canarsie,” Marmara said. “If we see them and if they’re acting out of line, we’re locking them up.”

“All they have to do is give me a reason,” he said.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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