posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 09:03 PM
Well, earlier this evening I finally heard from my friend up in the NYC area. He's okay, and had quite a bit to say. Among the things he shared was a
concern for security across the boroughs and the feeling of growing frustration from the people in them. Apparently, things are every bit the mess we
see on TV and then some. So, it's with confusion I found this story shortly after seeing his updates and news.
Bloomberg kept National Guard out of NYC because they had guns?
Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn —
arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.
“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the
only people we want on the street with guns.”
What the? This isn't the Guard pushing their way in or Washington trying to force them in. This is the President of Brooklyn saying, flat out, they
need this support and they need this help. *DENIED*.
This is a time when leaders up and down the east coast are loudly singing the praises of the National Guard for their rapid deployment and
efficient rescue, recovery and security work. It’s also a time when people out on Staten Island are hanging on by a thread, with looting and
violence being a serious threat on top of the hurricane’s destruction. Who in their right mind even suggests that Guardsmen carrying their weapons
is an issue at a time like this? I understand wanting to express your support of and confidence in the police department and the firefighters, but
even some of the finest first responders in the nation are completely swamped by the magnitude of this disaster. They could use the help and the Guard
stands ready to provide
I don't want to talk too far into a corner without hearing more perspective from others who live there and have more directly personal opinions on
this, but I'm in complete confusion as to his motives here? I can imagine some...but I'm trying not to assign such petty and mercenary political
motives in a time of such suffering up there. I'm just lost as to the reasoning when any police freed up in Brooklyn COULD be used in other areas
that are absolutely in need of security and presence overnight right now. I respect the NYPD for their professional ability, but even that Department
isn't very big when the City isn't a place of accepted order and respect for law right now.
I wonder how this goes...if people are hurt or worse in Brooklyn and lack of security or direct delivery of aid and assistance is partially the
Anyone have more information or insight on this?