Pols: Snitch to end black-on-black crime

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Brooklynites who witness gunplay must be willing to report what they saw to police in order to stem the tide of gun violence in the borough, said a group of pols and gun-control activists rallying on the steps of Borough Hall on Tuesday.

“We all of us have a responsibility to stand up and demand that we stop the violence in our streets, in our homes, on our blocks, and stop the senseless shooting of black men by other black men,” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “Snitching should be a pride of honor. Stand up and snitch, and protect your grandmothers, your mothers, your community.”

James, along with Borough President Adams and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D–Williamsbu­rg) stood outside Borough Hall before an open coffin containing photos of murder victims and a body-length mirror.

The two rallies came in response to several high-profile shootings that have rocked the borough in the past week, including a drive-by shooting that injured five — including a pregnant woman — in Red Hook on Monday night, and shooting outside a party in East New York that wounded nine.

There were 12 shootings in Brooklyn between July 27 and Aug 2. leaving 24 wounded and one man, shot multiple times in Gowanus, dead, according to police. That doesn’t include the Red Hook drive-by or a shooting in Gowanus on Monday morning that wounded a 20-year-old man, but it is a drop in shootings from the same time period in 2014, when there were 15 shootings, according to police. More people have been wounded in that time span this year however, up from 17 in 2014, police said.

Shootings in Brooklyn are down overall compared to this time last year, with 280 that wounded 335, compared to 295 shootings in 2014 that injured 349, according to police data. The murder rate has edged up slightly, however, with 71 murders in 2015 compared to 62 at this time last year.

But even with that slight dip in violence, any gunplay is too much, according to Adams, a former cop, who says we can’t go back to the bad old days.

“If we get jaded, we tend to believe that this is the normal way of life,” Adams said. “I remember from my police days when parents used to go through these drills of teaching their kids to duck to the ground when they hear shots. I don’t want to return to that life.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
The words "Snitch", "Stoolie", "Pigeon", "Rat" etc is used between criminals. When an ordinary law abiding citizen does it it is not snitching it is called providing information and/or reporting a crime. What needs to happen is the DA's office needs to stop plea bargaining violent criminals and they need to stop down grading gun charges and make these idiots serve the full 3 years instead of the usual 6 months or parole. Stop pleaing murderers to manslaughter. It makes no sense to kill someone in cold blood and be back on the streets in 3-5 years. They also need to eliminate youthful offender status for violent crimes. Start making examples of this garbage then they will think twice before committing violent crimes. The community will also have an incentive to make reports and even take the witness stand if they know the garbage will be removed instead of recycled. Really why would someone take the stand that witnessed a shooting if they prep will be back in the same neighborhood as the witness in a few months?
Aug. 5, 2015, 6:49 am
Peter Engel from downtown Brooklyn says:
I agree about the use of the word "snitch." It's Brooklyn Paper trying and failing to sound "street" when they're just being snotty punks.
Aug. 5, 2015, 9:28 am
Avis from Brooklyn from this one says:
Common Cents from Crown Heights and Peter Engel from downtown Brooklyn, well said, well said.
Aug. 5, 2015, 1:09 pm
Vince DiMiceli (Brooklyn Paper) says:
@Peter Engel: The use of "snitch" in the headline came directly from the Public Advocate's quote.
Aug. 5, 2015, 3:01 pm
Ed Wood from Brooklyn Heights says:
but no one will address black-on-white violence....
Aug. 5, 2015, 8:21 pm
Not Surprised from BJ says:
Another racist statement from a woman who seems to think that no one matters except people like herself. Surely crimes commited against anyone, by anyone are equally important ro stop. Does she think black people are more criminal than other people? Are they? Are we allowed to say that, or is the truth forbidden if it offends people?
Could she do her job together with the police instead Of expecting other people to do it for her?
Does she have to make crime a racial issue, or can she treat all people as people? Not 'black victims of crimes commited by black people' but 'victims of crimes commited by criminals' perhaps? Why should their race make them different than other people?
Aug. 6, 2015, 3:46 am

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