J’Ouvert Festival In Danger Of Being Shut Down Over Gun Violence
An army of cops, hundreds of floodlights and big promises from the mayor weren’t enough to stop murder and mayhem at Monday’s J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn — and fed-up revelers said it’s time to scrap the whole thing.
Even Mayor de Blasio, who last week vowed the “safest J’Ouvert ever,” said pulling the plug on the violence-plagued annual celebration was “on the table.”
Two bystanders were killed and two more wounded in three shootings starting at around 3:45 a.m., with large crowds gathered on the streets of Crown Heights.
In both slayings, bullets flew just feet from dozens of cops standing watch under blazing light towers, with one police source likening the situation to “being shot in broad daylight in front of hundreds of people.”
The gunfire ignited chaos as dozens of people stampeded for safety, hurtling themselves over metal barricades and hiding behind cars and garbage cans.
In addition to the shootings, a man and a woman suffered nonfatal stab wounds in separate attacks, cops said.
Why can’t we leave the pistols and the switchblades at home for a few hours of fun? SMH.
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