One of my students told me that police took 14 guns off the streets of Harlem last night. This after the annual African-American Day Parade. Seven people were shot (give or take one or two). This isn't in any of today's papers. Say what?!
The parade ended in the afternoon. The tough kids come out at night. Between 11pm and 2am, people were walking around with guns, shooting them in the air. And this right by uniformed officers. Plain-clothed officers would tackle the kids. Policing is dangerous work. Be safe.
For some coverage (it's nice to know I didn't make this whole thing up), see:
The comments at uptown flavor and hip-hop Republican (thanks for the links, DJK).
And there's this video on You Tube. Nothing too exciting. There's a gun shot at 1min and police response to it. And I'm reminded how much I hate police helicopters.
So why wasn't the crazy night a news story? I don't know. Conservatives love bashing the liberal media. See, they say, it's un-politically correct to talk about the annual shootings after the African-American Day Parade. I don't buy it. News is still news and if it bleeds, it leads. Besides, not even the conservative media covered it. Nothing in the Post. Nothing on Fox News. Some feel the media (and most white folk) simply doesn't care about black-on-black crime and what goes on in Harlem. I'm more inclined to that position.
Read all my posts on these shootings and check out my book, Cop in the Hood.