BARRIO LOGAN, CA – As San Diego police were investigating the shooting of a woman near a park, a drive-by gunman opened fire on the officers early Thursday morning.
According to NBC 7 San Diego, just after 1 a.m. a 19-year-old female was shot in the arm while being dropped off in the 1900 block of National Avenue near Chicano Park.
Details on what prompted the gunfire were unclear, but police confirmed a 19-year-old victim was struck and taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for treatment, according to ABC 10 News in San Diego. Her condition is unknown, but thought to be not life threatening.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that five or six bullets had been fired at the police 45 minutes into their investigation of the female victim’s shooting. The gunman was reported to be in a dark-colored sedan, which then fled the scene.
No officers were injured, and police attempted to follow the vehicle, but were unable to locate it.
In the first shooting, police said witnesses told them three males were inside a gray sedan and that the shooter, who shot the victim as she got out of another car, was wearing a white T-shirt and a gray hat on backwards, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Police are searching for a Hispanic man in his 20s in connection with the dozens of shots fired at the female, according to ABC 10 News in San Diego.
It is not clear if authorities believe the same shooter is involved in both incidents, but while police were investigating in the area where the victim was injured, “someone in the car matching a description of the getaway vehicle fired shots while on southbound I-5 towards officers.”
According to Fox 5 News, investigators said there was not “a clear enough description of either shooter to know for certain if the two attacks were connected.”
Gang detectives are investigating the shootings, which may have been tied to local groups, according to Fox 5 News.
Over on the East Coast, attacks on law enforcement – and the lack of support – has lead to a New York City Police Department (NYPD) precinct commander from the Bronx’s 46th Precinct quitting in protest of how the department is handling police reform.
The New York Post reported:
“Deputy Inspector Richard Brea is throwing in the towel after nearly three decades because he says his bosses are not giving him enough guidance on how to get guns and drugs off the street now that the department has disbanded and reassigned its anti-crime unit.”
NYPD Deputy Inspector Richard Brea, a nearly three-decade veteran of the force, says his bosses have not provided sufficient guidance on how to rid the streets of guns and drugs since the department has disbanded and reassigned its anti-crime unit, https://t.co/1PDTXlgi06
— Troy Williams (@troydwilliams67) June 26, 2020
The undercover anti-crime unit was disbanded earlier this month with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea describing ending it as a “seismic” shift for the NYPD.
The New York Post reported the undercover unit has “a history of high-profile shootings and deaths.”
Approximately 600 officers will be reassigned as a result of the unit’s disbanding, according to Washington Examiner.
Commissioner Shea said:
“This is a policy shift coming from me, personally, and the men and women in the police department we’re (sic) doing what I asked… they have done an exceptional job, but again I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city.”
"Deputy Inspector Richard Brea is throwing in the towel after nearly three decades…says his bosses are not giving him enough guidance on how to get guns and drugs off the street now that the department has disbanded and reassigned its anti-crime unit"https://t.co/Nd2ZAICqvM
— 🇺🇸Matt Veasey🙏🏻 (@MatthewVeasey) June 25, 2020
ZeroHedge reported that on Monday, Mayor Bill deBlasio declared:
“We’re not going back to the bad old days when there was so much violence in the city nor are we going back to the bad old days where policing was done the wrong way and, in too many cases, police and community could never connect and find that mutual respect.”
As Law Enforcement Today has been reporting, shootings have spiked in the wake of NYPD’s disbanding of the undercover units. NBC New York reported that recent shootings in the city have “skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019.”
John Jay College professor Christopher Herrmann told ZeroHedge he thinks the increase in shootings is the result of a “combination of warmer weather, Covid cabin fever and the traditional gun violence that we see in June, July and August.”
77WABC Radio reported that host Curtis Sliwa spoke to Brea about what led to his retirement:
“This was his whole life. He’s everything we want a cop to be. He loves the police department.”
According to Sliwa, Brea told him there was no direction from leadership:
“How am I supposed to lead?”
Brea also said:
“I’m doing this, and others may be following in my footsteps.”
The New York Post reported:
“On Wednesday, the Captains Endowment Association, which represents Brea, sent a letter saying CompStat should be abolished because it pressured commanders to drum up arrests — or explain to angry bosses at monthly meetings why arrests are down.
“Sliwa says Brea, who was due to present his numbers Thursday, told him: ‘I’ll be more than happy to come to CompStat and get a beatdown, but I’m not getting guidance.’”
Please join us as we wish NYDO member Commanding Officer of the @NYPD46Pct Deputy Inspector Richard Brea congratulations on his retirement. Best of luck sir as you move into the next phase of your life with your loved ones.
— NYDominican Officers (@NYDO_1993) June 25, 2020
CompStat has caused problems for quite some time. Captains Endowment Association president, Chris Monahan said in a letter:
“I believe COMPSTAT to be the primary driving force that is undermining police/community relations in New York City.
“When members of the NYPD are pressured from the top to show ‘productivity,’ they become involved in street encounters that they otherwise may not have occurred, thereby driving a wedge between police and the communities we serve.
“The fact is … COMPSTAT puts pressure on precinct and division commanders to go into minority neighborhoods for targeted enforcement (precision policing) by way of arrests and summonses. This inherently creates tension between black and brown communities and the police because their subordinate officers are expected to produce activity.”
Brea’s last day will be Friday. A walkout ceremony is planned for him at the 46th precinct.
Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s report on the crime rate spiking up the weekend after the anti-crime unit was disbanded.
According to recent data, New York City has seen a recent uptick in shootings since June 15th.
It just so happens that on the 15th, the NYPD disbanded their plainclothes anti-crime unit.
What a strange coincidence to eliminate an anti-crime unit and then see violent crime increase.
AS I PREDICTED LAST NIGHT ON FOX
NYC shootings surge after NYPD's anti-crime unit disbanded. https://t.co/nqsygILwFN
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 20, 2020
As of June 19th, the period between from the 15th until then saw a total of 28 shootings within the city that wound up creating 38 victims between them all.
For the sake of comparison, during the same period back in 2019, New York City had managed to only see 12 shooting incidents.
That’s approximately a 133% increase between the two years, and there happens to be a couple of significant factors that have taken place which could have contributed – bail reform and of course the latest swift change in policing by way of disbanding the plainclothes unit in the NYPD.
BREAKING: The entire #NYPD anti-crime unit (plainclothes officers) is being eliminated.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) June 15, 2020
A law enforcement source spoke with the New York Post of the circumstances taking place within the NYPD, and the politics influencing sweeping changes at a rapid pace:
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone. All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”
While the clandestine source’s synopsis may seem over-the-top to some, it’s realistically not that far-fetched. Every change in policing and the criminal justice system is going to have its fair share of adverse effects to some degree.
Of the 28 shootings incidents that took place during the past week in New York City, there were at least five reported fatalities as a result of them.
One of the murders took place at around 10:00 p.m. on June 15th on Franklin Avenue in The Bronx, where a 34-year-old man was shot in the back and the hip; that fatal shooting also resulted in another victim being hospitalized.
Another one of the murders was said to have taken place on June 17th just outside of a party on East 49th Street near Snyder Avenue in Brooklyn. Police say that 35-year-old Jomo Glasgow, who was noted as being a Queen’s based DJ, was fatally gunned down in front of the house party taking place.
Just on June 18th alone, there were five shootings in Brooklyn that occurred in under a five-hour period.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the chin at 7:30 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue, a 36-year-old man was gunned down on East 93rd street at 9:24 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg at 10:23 p.m. in on Albany Avenue, a 27-year-old man was shot seven minutes later on Bushwick Avenue and Cornelia Street, and a 20-year-old man was shot at Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Gates Avenue just before midnight.
REPORT: NYPD ‘Disbanding’ Elite ‘Plainclothes’ Unit, Will Reassign 600 Officers to Other Squads https://t.co/lYk0q65jqN
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 16, 2020
On June 19th, there was also a fatal shooting that happened on 640 Stanley Avenue in Brooklyn. Sources say that a 27-year-old male victim was shot in the torso, face, and leg at approximately 4:00 p.m. that day.
The numerous shootings that have already taken place during the month of June this year is astounding, with 97 shootings thus far. Even when looking back at the entire month of June in 2019, there were 89 shootings – which means this month is poised to see a considerable uptick if the trend of violence continues in the city.
As for the disbanding of the plainclothes unit within the NYPD, approximately 600 officers that composed that unit were reportedly reassigned to uniformed patrol duties within the city.
Members of the NYPD’s disbanded plainclothes anti-crime unit will be reassigned to uniformed patrol duties “effective immediately,” according to an internal memo obtained by the Post.https://t.co/m55W6mxCaZ
— DogWhisperer (@cannotrunfast) June 18, 2020
The move to disband the unit comes roughly six years after the death of Eric Garner, whose death became the impetus of the chant “I can’t breathe” by the Black Lives Matter protests that have resurfaced due to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
These are certainly strange times in the realm of policing, and also a moment where being a police officer is hardly a position of envy with the ongoing discourse.
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