Verdict in Jamaica Tomorrow

April 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm 1 comment

Am I alone in thinking that tomorrow, we in Central Queens—Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, Rego Park—should be on alert once the verdict for the Sean Bell trial is announced at 9 a.m. tomorrow? No matter how it goes, someone is going to be unhappy. From Gothamist:

Mayor Bloomberg said he’s not worried about the reaction, telling reporters yesterday, “I think people in this city have come a long way from the time when people rushed into the streets and tried to tear apart society.” Bloomberg also made a point of speaking with the Reverend Al Sharpton and Bell’s fiance Nicole Paultre Bell before Sharpton’s press conference demanding a conviction.

Still, time-off leave for cops has been canceled for four days starting tomorrow, in anticipation of post-verdict riots.


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  • 1. Anne  |  April 25, 2008 at 7:03 am

    No, you are not alone. I needed to be at work in Manhattan very early this morning, and headed for the F out of 71st/Continental about 5:30am. As I walked along the north side of QB towards the station, a group of five black youths were on the south side chanting – what, I couldn’t make out. They then entered the station, heading eastbound to the Kew Gardens courthouse, the Jamaica church vigil or?

    We all had a bit of a wait for our respective trains and the group was loud among themselves. I walked down the platform a bit and stayed near two police officers who kept a watch on the group from a distance. I am neither paranoid, nor racist, just realistic.

    Regrettably, there is palpable tension in the City today.


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