Brooklyn, New York (WABC) — Brooklyn’s annual celebration is in the works.
Police are ramping up security to keep revelers celebrating safely as 2 million people are expected to flood the streets of Brooklyn for the annual New York Caribbean Mardi Gras.
Vibrant attire and unrivaled energy will soon be on full display on the streets of Brooklyn in the name of Caribbean culture.
You’ll see plenty of floats and dancing along East Park Avenue during New York’s Caribbean Mardi Gras on Monday, but the police chief says that’s not all.
“People are going to see a lot of security, but there’s a lot they won’t see,” said NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban.
He said there would be thousands of police officers – some in full view, others not.
NYPD Patrol Captain John Chell said last year’s success in stopping the violence was the result of cooperation among city agencies.
“In extreme cases, we got a call about a raucous party, and it was a known gang location, and through the power of the agencies, we were able to shut it down without arresting anyone, and it didn’t happen,” Cher said. any incident.”
Police said they seized 27 guns during last year’s celebrations and prevented the shooting.
This was in stark contrast to the violence at past festivities, especially the all-night Jewell parties.
In 2015, former Governor Andrew Cuomo aide Carey Gabe was killed by a stray bullet. In 2020, a 6-year-old was shot in both legs.
Community leaders want to be able to celebrate safely.
“Everyone is on the same page, so I think that eases the frustration and I’m proud we were able to do that this summer,” said Michelle Gibbs, president of the West Indies America Day Carnival Association.
Police said everyone who walked through the 13 entry points of the J’ouvert parade at 6 a.m. on Monday would be scanned using weapons detectors. Police will also use drone surveillance to keep people safe.
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