A wake for a Bloods gang member turned into a deadly firefight Monday night when two mourners at a Brooklyn church shot six people, killing two, after a dispute, sources said.TODAY: NYPOST: Bratton: Crime will surge if minor offenses decriminalized
The shots rang out as scores of people were waiting to attend the wake for José “Cheo” Robles outside the Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Avenue near Foster Avenue in Kensington at around 8:30 p.m., according to law-enforcement sources.
“Everybody was waiting in line to pay their respects and a fight broke out,” said a mourner who asked not to be named.
“I saw some punches being thrown, some guy hit the ground and dropped, then the shooting started.”
Witnesses said an argument broke out and two people started firing their weapons.
Crime will sore to levels not seen since New York’s bad old days if the City Council decriminalizes quality-of-life offenses such as fare-beating, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton warned Monday.EARLIER THIS MONTH: DAILY NEWS: Murders in New York City continue to rise; 82 people killed as of Sunday, up 16%
“We are certainly open to additional alternatives to give our officers discretion in lieu of arrest, but if you lose those powers to arrest, that’s where Pandora’s Box is opened and the 1970s, the 1980s have the potential to come roaring back again,” Bratton said.
The city’s top cop also said that “if you remove the ability to have a penalty for [an] offense, then you lose the ability to be in control of the streets.”
Bratton’s dire prediction was his harshest assessment of a plan by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto to turn a host of anti-social behavior into civil offenses instead of crimes.
Killings continue to rise in New York. Homicides in the city spiked by nearly 16% this year, recently released NYPD statistics show. As of Sunday, 82 people have been murdered in the city — up 11 from the same period a year ago, officials said. Shootings have climbed by 4%, with 258 people being wounded by gunfire so far this year compared with 248 in the first three months of 2014.LAST SUMMER: DAILY NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: NYPD stop-and-frisks drop 99% in Brooklyn, while shootings increase in Brownsville, East New York
Nearly a quarter of the homicides took place in the Bronx, but the neighborhood with the largest amount of homicides was East New York, Brooklyn, where six people were slain.
The 99 percent stop-and-frisk decrease in East New York and Brownsville comes as shootings in the Brooklyn neighborhoods are on the rise. Cutting back on stop-and-frisk, a hallmark of the Bloomberg administration, was one of Mayor de Blasio’s major campaign promises last year.THE DEMOCRAT PARTY'S LIBERAL POLICES WRECKED NYC IN THE 1970'S AND 1980'S.
THESE POLICIES WERE ARRESTED BY REPUBLICAN RUDY GIULIANI - WHOSE CONSERVATIVE POLICIES LOWERED CRIME AND SAVED THE CITY.
NEITHER CHICAGO OR DETROIT OR BALTIMORE EVER HAD A GIULIANI ERA.
THAT'S WHY THEY'VE CONTINUED TO DESCEND UNDER THE YOKE OF LEFTISM... FOR DECADES.
WHAT WE SAW IN FERGUSON AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN BALTIMORE IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THOSE POLICIES.
AND DEBLASIO IS BRINGING THEM BACK TO NYC.
WITH THE SAME RESULTS - ALREADY.
AS THE POET ASKED: WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN? WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN?