I guess the criminals do not respect the gun laws in NY. But they know that the civilians do.
New York police have stepped up patrols in the center of Manhattan today over fears of gang violence over the Easter weekend.
Times Square and Midtown have seen a growing trend for crime on Easter Day with gangs seemingly using it as a day of ‘initiation’.
Over recent years dozens of people have been arrested for violence and vandalism on Easter Sunday in the downtown area of the city popular with tourists.
33 youths were taken in by police in 2010 and four people were shot in bloody street scenes as rival gangs clashed in a pre-arranged meeting in downtown New York.
Many carried knives and guns used to harass businesses and members of the public.
‘There will be hundreds of extra officers on duty, particularly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We are not going to have any repeat of the past,’ an officer told DNAinfo.com.
The gang tradition to gather and clash on Easter Sunday has traditionally been linked to the New York Intentional Auto Show at the Javits Center on 11th Avenue, the website said.
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Gang members previously attended the show and clashed on leaving its central New York location.
Because of the link stretching back to 2003, police have upped patrols in the area, especially in the evening when the show draws to a close.
According to NBC New York, NYPD officers have also been combing social media websites in recent weeks in a bid to find out what gangs have planned.
They have managed to control violence since 2010 and the officers want to keep it that way.
‘The top item on our plate this weekend is the car show,’ an officer said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg described the tradition as ‘wilding’ in 2010
‘The mayhem in Midtown appears to be a bunch of gang members wilding,’ the Mayor said according to a New York Times report at the time.
‘There’s a bunch of people that think it’s cute to go out and to run around and to cause chaos, and we loaded the area up with police, but they can’t be everywhere.’
The car show tends to have its first weekend over Easter.
Many now believe the violent tradition is no longer even linked to the show, which showcases hundreds of the flashiest cars on the market, with youths just using the day as a marker to initiate new members.
Many were said to have sported gang colors in the 2010 clashes.
Previously downtown restaurants and shops have also hired extra security to deal with the threat.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301916/Police-patrols-increased-New-York-gangs-use-Easter-Sunday-day-initiation-attack-people-businesses.html#ixzz2P8gGquJO
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