1-year-old Black child shot, killed in NYC
A one-year-old Black child was shot and killed in New York yesterday, and three others were left wounded when suspects in an SUV left the vehicle and opened fire on a cookout.
“The baby, in addition to three men, was shot around 11:35 p.m. Sunday in front of Raymond Bush Playground at Madison Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police sources said,” reports the New York Post.
The baby was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m. at the Maimonides Medical Center.
The men were expected to survive.
Over the weekend, the Post reports that there were 15 shootings in the 15 hours from noon Saturday to 3:00 a.m. in New York City, making for 43 shootings for the week, versus 13 shootings for the same period last year.
On Sunday, a 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were shot in separate incidents.
New York and other cities are being hit with a wave of shootings as the country deals with the fallout from three months of coronavirus lockdown and six weeks of Black Lives Matters protests, both of which have set nerves on edge.
“There’s something going on at the moment, these underlying tensions,” James Densley, professor of law enforcement and criminal justice at Metropolitan State University told the Dispatch.
“Everyone’s been cooped up for so long with the pandemic, and then we had this sort of explosion of anger and grief after George Floyd’s killing.”
In New York, the surge comes at a time when the city has voted to defund the police by $1 billion and has disbanded the city’s front-line anti-crime unit, a plainclothes division that concentrates on taking the guns out of the hands of criminals.
Progressives said that the unit disproportionately targeted minority communities. But the surge of violence is also disproportionately hitting those same communities across America, especially young children.
“In all, nine children under 18 have been killed since June 20 as Chicago reels from another wave of gun violence,” says the New York Times.
“I just want to sit on the side of the curb, and shake my head and cry,” Pastor Donovan Price told Chicago’s WBBM of the child-shootings, according to CNN. “If you’re not mad. If you’re not outraged. If you’re not heartbroken about this, then what will you be heartbroken about. And do you have a heart?”
Progressives only have a heart for the criminals, it seems. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio seems more intent on fixing his murals than on solving the city’s crime problem.
Earlier this week, protests broke out in Phoenix over the police shooting of a man who is seen on video pointing a gun at officers. Similarly, protests broke out in Salt Lake City when the DA said he wouldn’t charge police officers who killed an armed suspect who allegedly tried to rob three people at gunpoint.
The only person who protests for the Black children, however, is Pastor Price, who wants to know if you have a heart, unlike de Blasio.
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