Brooklyn's East New York neighborhood is on the front line of a rise in homicides and shootings in New York City, an uptick that has unsettled the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who came to office vowing to make changes to policing, says the Wall Street Journal. In the 75th Precinct, which includes East New York, 11 homicides were recorded for the first five months of the year, more than double the number for the same period in 2014. Shootings were at 29, compared with 25 in the period last year.
Many in the neighborhood of low-slung row houses 9 miles east of Manhattan say they feel less safe than they did a year ago. They have strong views about what should be done about it. Most want police to patrol the neighborhood on foot, and they don't believe they had been made safer by the policing strategy known as stop-and-frisk. “I want them to get out of their cars and talk to me like a human being,” said Daquan Reed, a messenger at the United Nations. “Instead of harassing us, they should talk to us, get to know us. If they did, they'd know who's causing trouble and who's trying to do the right thing.” Police Commissioner William Bratton says he supports just that approach; residents said they had not seen enough of it.