By Krista Carter
A spike in burglaries and new body cameras for officers were among the issues discussed at Monday night’s 20th precinct community council meeting. The 20th covers the neighborhood South of 86th street.
• Captain Michael Falcon reported on the year to date crime statistics:
o 0 murders
o Rape is down, 8 compared to 10
o Felony assaults are down by 15
o Burglaries are up, 82 compared to 71
o Grand larcenies are down, 609 compared to 628
o Major crime index for the year is down by 44
• Riverside Park robberies on 11/6:
o 4 arrested, 2 males and 2 females aged 19-24
o 11/12 – 2 males arrested
o 11/17 – first female arrested
o 11/19 – second female arrested
o All still in custody. From the 23rd or 25th precinct.
• 5 burglaries committed from 8/25-11/5 at high-end stores
o Police have numerous resources patrolling midnights looking for suspect
o Believed to shop high-end stores during the day because he knows where products are in the stores
o Uses a brick to break window
o Last two incidents occurred at 6AM and people were seen passing by and not taking action
See photo of suspect below.
• Burglary arrest at 85th St and Amsterdam on Friday night, but not the suspect from the high-end stores. This perpetrator fit a different pattern of grabbing registers at bodegas and grocery stores.
• Chief James Secreto, Chief of Housing, spoke briefly on Friday night’s shooting at a Brooklyn housing project, where an officer shot and killed Akai Gurley.
o 2 rookie offices, each 27-years-old, were doing a vertical of an 8 story building. The officers were on the 8th floor when a male and a female acquaintance came out to the 7th floor. It was dark and the officer fired a shot which hit the wall and ricocheted and hit the 28-year-old male victim in the chest. The officers called over the radio that there was an “accidental discharge”
o Police training guide says gun should not have been charged nor should the officer have had his finger on the trigger
o People are calling for the rookie officer to be charged with reckless conduct but TBD
o Not enough senior officers to put with each rookie
• 12/5 and 12/19: officers will begin training and wearing PSA body cameras
o Initial cameras will be given out to 9 officers in total, but eventually 20,000 will activate cameras for arrests, car stops, domestic disputes and situations that are escalating in violence
o Cost $100/month per officer to store data
o 162nd and Jackson Ave, Queens (103 precinct) 2 officers hit with hatchet by a jihadist. The perpetrator had been looking up how to perform a terrorist act on the internet. In the past, terrorists used to find how to make bombs, but now they are looking into committing individual acts e.g. getting a gun and shooting or crashing into a crowd with a vehicle
o Residents concerned about vendors taking up too much sidewalk space for pedestrians, mostly from 72nd to 74th Street on Broadway. Booksellers are believed to be illegally selling cigarettes and blasting music.