Posted inBrooklyn

NYPD Internal Affairs Investigating Release of Ex-Cop Accused of Pulling Gun on Kids, Family Says

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the quick release of a retired cop who was arrested for allegedly menacing three young boys with a gun in Brooklyn, according to family members of the children. Lashawn Jordan, the aunt of a 12- and 14-year-old who contend ex-officer Kruythoff Forrester chased them with a gun after […]

Posted inEnvironment

Brooklyn Residents File Civil Rights Complaint Seeking to Pause Gas Pipeline

Opponents of a gas pipeline snaking its way through Brooklyn are formally alleging its location, approval and operation discriminate against communities of color along its route, in violation of federal and state environmental and civil rights laws. Lawyers on behalf of Brownsville Green Justice and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals, Mi Casa Resiste […]

Posted inPolice Reform

Part Two of Brownsville Police Pull-Back Program Shows Success Even in Warm Weather

The second round of a community policing experiment that pulled back cop patrols from a strip of Brooklyn’s Brownsville this spring saw 911 calls cut in half as grassroots groups stepped up as problem solvers. Officials are now looking for other neighborhoods to replicate the success of the Brownsville Safety Alliance, which removed NYPD details […]

Posted inNYPD

Five Days Without Cops: Could Brooklyn Policing Experiment be a ‘Model for the Future’?

A Brooklyn community’s experiment to deal with a longstanding crime hotspot in a busy commercial corridor took a new approach last month: They pulled back on policing. Cops from Brownsville’s 73rd Precinct withdrew from their regular posts on Mother Gaston Boulevard for parts of a five-day stretch in early December, while violence interrupter and crisis […]

Posted inNYPD

NYPD Cop in Protester-Shoving Left Trail of Rough Policing Complaints in Brownsville

Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, neighborhood chatter swirled about a quarantine party set for the Marcus Garvey Village Apartments in Brownsville — and about a massive mobilization planned by the 73rd Precinct in response.  After convincing residents to cancel the festivities, Assemblymember Latrice Walker and City Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel visited Bristol Street that Saturday and […]

Posted inNYCHA

COVID Sends Public Housing-Zone Residents to Hospitals At Unusually High Rates

Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. New York City neighborhoods home to public housing developments logged a 30% higher rate of recent coronavirus hospitalizations than surrounding areas, according to THE CITY’s analysis of new state data. On average, 14 […]