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EASTER OR GANG INITIATION DAY? CAMERAS CAN’T STOP RIOT IN TIMES SQUARE

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

This is one of those WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

My stepson just got here from Georgia. I wonder what’s going through his 10 year old mind when he sees us watching the 10 or 11 o’clock news (depends if there’s anything good on PBS).

He and pretty much everyone else in the Christian community (orthodox or otherwise), must have thought it was Easter. But surprise it was GANG INITIATION DAY.

Apparently the violence went from Times Square all the way to Penn Station. That’s Madison Square Garden. Maybe Lebron Better think twice when considering to play for the Knicks. Or maybe we need Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton who know how to keep it real!! (Memo to self – next post – WUTANG!)

I’m all for more cameras because it will keep us safe. And to be sure it was not just good detective work that helped catch that savage that brutally beat a nurse at Club Social on 8th Avenue. And when thugs stabbed two kids on a village subway train a week or so ago – I’m sure the cops went to the video tape.

In fact I’m amazed that people still commit all the crimes they do (see previous post about guys dumping his boat in Florida and being busted by a deputy sheriff that used Google Earth!!!). So – given all that (not to mention DNA), why do people still do it – I guess knowing they’re going to get caught?

Well if we look to London as the model for cameras on the streets we find actually some pretty interesting statistics. London has 10,000 crime-fighting CCTV cameras which cost a half a billion dollars. But an analysis of the publicly funded spy network found that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any. Go figure.

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