Watch: Video shows trashcan exploding on New York subway platform, sending police and commuters running

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A bystander video captured the moment a trashcan at a New York subway platform exploded, sending police officers and commuters scrambling for safety.

According to the New York Daily News, Instagram user Kai Roper, who goes by the Instagram handle “kenyettie,” started filming when he noticed smoke on the mezzanine and coming from a trashcan at the Times Square – 42nd Street subway station.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The video, posted Monday, March 22, zooms in on a trashcan.  A woman and two children walk near it, and a police officer approaches them and asks them to step back.

Right after the officer makes his request, an explosion is heard, and flames shoot several feet upwards from the garbage can.

The woman and her children, as well as the police officer, safely scramble away from the can.

The New York Daily News reports that police later apprehended a “man who appeared to be homeless, and allegedly claimed he’d set the trash can ablaze.”

Authorities are treating the incident as a case of reckless endangerment, and they report that no one was injured by the explosion.  No further information on the arrest has been released at this time.

The trashcan explosion was not the only dangerous situation that unfolded recently in the New York subway system.

On Sunday, March 21, Mark Mathieu, 36, allegedly attacked and bloodied a 68-year-old victim on a No. 1 train.

According to the New York Daily News, the attack was “unprovoked,” and a witness reported that the assault was “plied with anti-Asian hate.”

The witness was quoted as alleging that Mathieu said, “You motherf—ing Asian!”

The victim, a Sri Lankan man, was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan, where he was initially reported as critical but stable.  He was later released and is reportedly recovering at home.

The New York Daily News adds that police initially “hit Mathieu with hate crime charges” on Monday, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office has so far charged him with felony assault, while continuing to consider the possible hate crime aspect of the case.

Assistant District Attorney Katherine Demartini stated at Mathieu’s arraignment:

“The people are further investigating if this case is a hate crime.”

Mathieu’s family members told the Daily News that Mathieu suffers from mental illness, but is not racially biased.

His estranged wife, Yasmin Mathieu, said:

“Me personally I know he’s a psychopath and an angry person, and I know he’s a violent person, but I cannot attest to him being a racially aggressive person or having that kind of discrimination.”

She went on to say:

“He wouldn’t target a person or group.”

Yasmin Mathieu continued:

“Honestly, what I think happened is he was already upset and thought this person said something to him, or heard something in his own head and thought it was coming from him [the victim], and he attacked him.”

The alleged attacker’s mother-in-law, Yvonne Concepcion, told the Daily News:

“He’s got psychoaffective disorder, he’s bipolar, he’s got a whole lot of issues.”

She added:

“If he’s in one of his states he’s not looking at anyone he’s just — you know, he’s not focusing on anything. He’s just focusing on getting his frustration out.”

Just one day before the attack, Mark Mathieu was charged for menacing and criminal mischief.

In addition, he has a history of past arrests for assault and failure to make a court appearance.

His bail has been set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

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Police unions: Want to know why violent crime is exploding in NYC? Stop blaming cops – start blaming ‘bail reform’

NEW YORK CITY, NY – While in the midst of looming police reform slated for the NYPD, law enforcement unions are asking lawmakers to take another look at bail reform to address the rising violent crime within New York City. 

Family members of the victims of gun violence stood beside representatives of law enforcement unions earlier in March to address rising violent crime within New York City. 

Brandon Hendricks and Shamoya McKenzie are among the young victims of senseless gun violence in New York City – which their mothers shared their heartache of losing their children at such young ages.

Eve Hendricks spoke about her 17-year-old son’s passing, who was a rising basketball star who was slated to play ball at St. John’s University in the fall of 2020, but was killed on June 29th while attending a friend’s birthday barbecue party: 

“My son deserved to live, deserved to live his dreams.”

The mother of Shamoya, Nadine McKenzie, recollected the murder of her 13-year-old daughter who was killed on December 31st of 2016 while she was coming home from basketball practice: 

“Shamoya was just 13 years old and, we were coming from basketball practice…she got shot by a stray bullet.”

Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, pointed the proverbial finger to bail reform, saying that there needs to be “legislation that will permit judges to keep criminals carrying illegal guns in custody.”

While police unions are pushing to have lawmakers review bail reform, details regarding the second phase of reforms slated for the NYPD were announced on March 12th. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, outlined the key areas associated with the reforms, which include decriminalization of poverty, increased transparency & accountability, and what was coined as community representation. 

The aspect related to community representation refers to NYPD officers actually living in the city which they serve. 

During the recent press conference in relation to rising gun violence in the city, PBA President Patrick Lynch explained that only 60% of NYPD officers actually reside in New York City. 

When explaining as to why that is the case, Lynch stated that many NYPD officers simply cannot afford to live in New York City: 

“Sixty percent of our members live in the confines of New York City. Why do they move out? Because they can’t afford to live in the city that we serve.”

Considering that police reform within the NYPD is inevitable in order to abide by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order delivered during the summer of 2020 (which mandates that police departments must adopt reforms by April 1st, 2021), DiGiacomo says the unions would like a “seat at the table” to discuss the upcoming reforms. 

Apparently, police unions have yet to be invited to this proverbial “seat at the table” – which PBA President Lynch believes is something that is long overdue: 

“Let’s have the discussion, a real discussion. Stop demonizing us for the job that we do.”

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