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“It is our city against the killers,” Mayor Eric Adams said Jan. 21 after two police offi cers were shot.
Title: Where’s the beef? Driver makes big ‘mis-steak’
with tractor-trailer full of meat that struck Jackie
Robinson overpass in Queens
Summary: An 18-wheel tractor-trailer loaded with
Canadian beef struck a westbound overpass of the
Jackie Robinson Parkway in Queens on the morning of
Friday, Jan. 21, forcing police to close the roadway until
the vehicle could be unloaded and cleared from the
Reach: 8,609 (as of 1/24/2022)
‘Our city against
Amid tragedy, the NYPD and its largest
union, the Police Benevolent Association,
are uniting with the Adams administration
in an eff ort to tackle gun violence
aft er two of New York’s Finest, Police
Offi cers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora,
were senselessly shot, with Rivera passing
on Jan. 21 and Mora succumbing to his
injuries on Jan. 25.
Th e two focal points in the gun violence
crisis now gripping our city seem to be the
proliferation of illegal guns and the question
of whether bail reform had resulted in
more bloodshed on our streets.
Let’s start with the latter point, which
is oft en disputed. Law enforcement offi -
cials have said the bail reform bill enacted
in 2020 went too far and created
a revolving door for violent criminals
to get back on the street quickly and
commit more crime.
Bail reform supporters, on the other
hand, say that the changes — made to
ensure nonviolent off enders wouldn’t
have to remain locked up for long periods
on Rikers Island — have not been a
primary factor in the uptick in violence.
Th e situation demands that state lawmakers
bill, working with top law enforcement
experts, to ensure that any loophole that
may allow a judge to set free a violent
off ender be closed.
To merely take another look, re-evaluate
and change the law does not mean
we should reverse whatever progress
that bail reform did make. Its goal was
to ensure that nonviolent individuals
accused of committing nonviolent crimes
are not indefi nitely incarcerated among
more dangerous individuals. Th at goal
Th e best way to combat illegal guns in
New York City is through increased law
enforcement. We believe the time has
come for the NYPD to reinstate, in some
form, the Anti-Crime Units dissolved in
2020, but with fundamental changes to
ensure that these offi cers do not violate
individual rights and freedoms.
It’s clear that the NYPD needs some
form of a tactical team designed specifi -
cally to target gun criminals and get them
off the streets, along with the weapons.
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We understand the concerns criminal
justice advocates have had with regard
to Anti-Crime Units, and the Adams
administration and the NYPD must take
care to adequately meet those concerns.
But the city just cannot wait any longer.
Over the past couple of years, too many
people have been shot. Too many people
have been killed. Too many families
have been broken by gun violence in the
city. It’s time for all of us to stand up and
“It is our city against the killers,”
Mayor Eric Adams said Friday night aft er
Rivera’s death. Th at’s the reality of our situation
today. Let’s come together to get
the guns off the street, get the criminals
behind bars and restore peace in the city.