Public advocate: Labor Day weekend violence down with help of community groups, NYPD
Five people were shot during J'ouvert celebrations over the holiday weekend, including a child, but local leaders say the overall number of incidents was low.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Borough President Eric Adams and other officials said Tuesday that this year's was one of the safest J'ouvert celebrations the city has had in recent years.
Five people were shot early Monday morning, including a 6-year-old child. The victims were all from the same incident.
Williams said the number of incidents was kept down through a joint effort of community organizations through the Crisis Management System and with help from the NYPD.
The groups had 100 teams on the streets mediating in the communities. They say Monday was a good example of how a partnership with the community can keep people safe.
Williams and organizations say they want the joint efforts to be year-round, as they say gun violence is a daily issue.
The organizations get $45 million to work across the city, but are asking the mayor and the governor for $200 million.