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Electeds call for an end to gun violence in SE Queens
BY JACOB KAYE
Elected offi cials from across Queens
came together in Roy Wilkins Park to
call for a united front against the recent
uptick of gun violence in the borough on
Sunday, July 19.
Led by District Attorney Melinda Katz
and Acting Borough President Sharon
Lee, the peace rally aimed it sights toward
de-escalation and unifying behind one
message: stop the violence.
Katz and Lee were joined by
elected offi cials from southeast
Meeks, state Senators
Leroy Comrie and
Clyde Vanel, Alicia
Vi v i a n
Cook, and City Council members
Donovan Richards, I. Daneek
Miller, Adrienne Adams and
A handful of community
groups and local organizations
The summer has
seen an increase in shootings across the
city, including in southeast Queens, where
shooting incidents are up by 360 percent
this month when compared to July 2019,
according to the NYPD. While gun violence
is on the rise, there has only been
one murder in all of south Queens in
the same time period, according to the
NYPD’s crime tracker, CompStat.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and Acting Borough President Sharon Lee co-hosted a peace rally in southeast Queens on July 19, 2020.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz speaks during the peace rally.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams at the peace rally.