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Hundreds Expected to March in Sunnyside on Saturday in Support of NYPD 108th Precinct

NYPD 108th Precinct (Queens Post)

Aug. 17, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Hundreds of people are expected to come to Sunnyside on Saturday for a march to show their support for the officers of the NYPD 108th precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

The march will kick off at 39th Street and Greenpoint Avenue at 11 a.m. and go to Sabba Park at 49-12 Queens Blvd., where organizers will speak to the crowd.

The event is being organized by the 108th Police Community Council, a resident group that works with the precinct to reduce crime in the area. The group wants to show solidarity with the precinct following a wave of protests against cops and the rise of the defund the police movement.

Diane Ballek, who is the president of the precinct council and is spearheading the march, said the group wants to show its support for officers during a difficult period.

She said that the reputation of cops has taken a battering this year after the killing of George Floyd– an African-American man killed at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer–and other incidents of police brutality.

Ballek, however, says that the vast majority of cops are honorable people who risk their lives every time they go to work– and are in need of support.

“Not all cops are bad…there are good cops and there are bad cops,” she said. “Now all the good cops are suffering.”

Ballek, who comes from a family of police, said she fears for the safety of police officers because there has been an uptick in murders and shootings while funding for the NYPD has been pared back.

The number of murders and shootings is up significantly across the city this year–however, crime overall for the year is down by about 3 percent, according to police data.

“I have two nephews currently serving in the NYPD and I worry sick about them because–the way things are going now–people are attacking the police,” she said.

The march, Balllek said, is also her way to honor her late brother Kevin Czartoryski who was an NYPD detective who died from a 9/11 related illness.

Ballek said that cops like her brother gave the ultimate sacrifice while trying to keep the public safe. She wants police protesters to remember that many cops have died in the line of duty.

The event this Saturday she says will be very low-key.

“It will be a peaceful march and anyone who wishes to take part is more than welcome to do so,” Ballek said.

The organizers are expecting a big turnout and around 200 people have already committed to attend. Ballek has not reached out to any local politicians but said they are welcome to take part.

The timing of the march in support of the precinct comes in the wake of hundreds of protests–several taking place within the confines of the 108 Police Precinct–calling for the NYPD to end police brutality particularly against people of color.

The Queens Post reached out last week to several local officials – whose district overlaps with the 108th precinct area– to ask whether they would be in attendance and supported the march.

Council Member Bob Holden, who has resisted calls to defund the police, said he supports the 108th precinct but did not say whether he would be attending.

“I support the NYPD and the dedicated men and women of the 108th Precinct under the exceptional leadership of Deputy Inspector Gibbs,” Holden said in a statement Friday.

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who voted against the city budget arguing it didn’t cut the NYPD budget enough, has yet to respond as to whether he supports the march or would attend.

Van Bramer, in recent times, has been a big critic of the NYPD, pointing to incidents of police brutality against minorities. However, he has been supportive of the precinct in the past. In his 2015 personal report card, he viewed the city council funding of an additional 1,300 cops as a “victory” and celebrated the arrival of new recruits at the 108th precinct.

Assembly Member Cathy Nolan, in a Facebook post Friday, said she supports the precinct and will attend the march if it doesn’t conflict with a family event she has to attend.

“This march will underscore the community’s appreciation for the work of police officers,” she wrote.

Nolan, however, noted that she has also attended vigils and marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement– and is an advocate for racial equality.

“Throughout my career, I voted for reforms in our criminal justice system and will continue to advocate for racial equity and equal justice for all,” she wrote.

State Sen Mike Gianaris, who passed legislation that stopped the NYPD from shielding police misconduct records and has backed other NYPD reforms, has yet to comment as to whether he would attend.

Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, whose district also includes sections of the 108 Precinct, has yet to comment.

Barnwell, however, issued a statement following the killing of George Floyd in which he said people can support the police while condemn police brutality.

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Bill from Woodside

Saturday’s Rally for the NYPD sponsored by the 108 Precinct Council was a shame.
In the spirit of the organizers to have a pleasant and peaceful gathering in hope of improving relationships fizzled quickly. To say that this was a peaceful event is only based on violence not occurring.
As the small group of police supporters entered Sabba Park on Queens Boulevard, they were encountered by a large group of BLM/ Antifa demonstrators. This group came to intimidate and instigate trouble. They circled individual rally supporters in an attempt to start confrontations. They also crowded around the speakers to bully them as well as disrupt the event with bullhorns, whistles, and chanting. Why the police allowed this to happen to a registered permit holding event and stand mostly on the outside of the park showed a lack of law and order.
Thanks goes out to the 108 Pct. Community Council, Assembly Member Cathy Nolan’s Office in their valent attempt and to Councilmember Bob Holden who was brave enough to speak at the rally.

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Really?

Really?
Who is the rocket scientist that thought this was the appropriate time and place to hold this event? Pat Lynch just declared NYPD supports Trump. Trump just implied he would have police “watch” polling sites. Bad timing combined with incendiary politics are a formula for disaster. This seems like an open invitation for agitators on both sides of the spectrum from outside of Sunnyside to use our peaceful neighborhood to fulfill their agendas and invite confrontation Stay home and enjoy your families.

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Tone deaf

Holding a pro-police rally to counter strong calls for police reform to fight systemic racism and corruption is tone deaf, irresponsible, and unconscionable. Please look at developments of similar anti-BLM protests and cancel this event until the reforms are in place.

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Gardens Watcher

Diane, What a wonderful way to remember your brother, Detective Kevin Czartoryski, who was a beautiful man and also a proud member of the Hate Crimes task force. May he Rest In Peace. May we all find common ground and a better understanding in these difficult times.

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Mac

I posted a comment containing multiple links to the NY Daily News, showing a number of black on black violent crimes in a single days paper. This is what startles middle class citizens. I do not know why admin felt the need to censor.

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Nicky

There is no way I could look at my neighbors in the eye if I were to attend such a rally. I actually put up a Defund the police and BLM sign on my widow to show I support my bi racial neighbors. Last thing I need is for BLM protesters to show up at my house. This rally in Support of NYPD should be moved to the projects.

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Elaine Mccallion

I lived in the 108 pct for most of my life.. They are wonderful people who endure incredible tasks on a daily basis.I now live out of town but still keep my roots.. NYPD is the best!

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soohee

Minorities will no longer be silenced or put up with systematic racism. The left is winning. Get over it and move to the suburbs if you can’t handle it. Rich whites are fleeing NYC and only Governor Cuomo cares. BTW NYPD is announcing the formation of an Asian hate crime task force to investigate the rise of attacks against people of Asian descent. That’s right! Even more legislation to protect minorities from hatefully and racists people who are mostly white. We are protected. Enjoy your trump rally folks. Sunnyside is riding with Biden!!

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Raj

I’m Asian and I want to feel safe. I also want prosperity, and you won’t get that from Democrats.

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Mac

Raj- Republican policy doesn’t make people prosperous. Only keeps wealth in the hands of those who already have it. Start your research with these facts: Ten Wealthiest States Per Capita Income 2020
10. Washington
9. Virginia
8. California
7. Alaska
6. New Hampshire
5. Connecticut
4. Massachusetts
3. Hawaii
2. New Jersey
1. Maryland
US News and World Report After analyzing all 50 U.S. states, here are the 10 poorest states in America for 2020:
Mississippi
New Mexico
Louisiana
West Virginia
Alabama
Kentucky
South Carolina
Arkansas
Tennessee
North Carolina

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Hey Soohee

Racists come in all colors. Sounds like you’re a racist from your post. Wasn’t one of the cops who killed George Floyd Asian?

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Hj

They are considering dropping or lowering the charges against the Asian cop. He is innocent. He did not hold floyd down and was in shock and scared of the older white racist cop. He is the only one that tried to speak up.

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A message to Hj

If you’re afraid of the cops you work with , you shouldn’t be a cop. He was in shock? When did he speak up ?George Flyod was on the ground for eight minutes. In that amount of time the Asian cop could have physically over took the White cop.The Asian cop has complaints on his record. He helped murder George Flyod, he is by no means innocent.

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JMURPHY

Really? Where does that figure come from? Many men are abusive to their wives its not solely a law enforcement issue…..I think your energy would be better spent figuring why so many children living in shelters dont have a father present at all.

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Agreed, you have no facts

Most police officers are alcoholics too, there should be more support.

Did you say something about homeless shelters? Uh…ok

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Here are some real facts,

99% of police officers do their job every day despite the attacks, the slander, the danger, and political circus that swirls around them. Those that work hard to destroy them and this city build nothing, improve nothing, and have zero to contribute to a better society. The police aren’t perfect and they’re not robots but they do a hard job under extraordinary conditions and all while under the microscope of critics that hold others to standards they themselves could never reach. The silent majority supports them.

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Agreed, you have no facts

Thanks for more opinions. Shared my facts, still waiting for yours…

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Joey Marcano

The police have been attacking people for a long long time..and these so called good cops stand by and watch…u cop supporters love to talk about the good cops but they never seem to arrest the bad cops..hmmm I wonder why they don’t report their partners

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Basha

I hope they give out applications so that supporters or homeless bystanders in Sunnyside can apply to become a NYC police officer at the march. Some of the commenters on this board make it seem like they have such great salary and benefits and our so loved and respected. Sounds like a great opportunity for the unemployed for marches like these to do something with their time.

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David

Basha – Seem like a great salary and benefits, seem? Where would you get a deal with 30 days vacation, 20 year retirement, unlimited sick days with define benefit 401K and annuity’s? Please explain yourself

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Dermot

My 80 year old mother wants to participate. She said she hopes JVB is not going to be there because she can’t stand him. Mom is so smart!!

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They are protesting police murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes while he screamed "I can't breathe"

I’m glad they support good cops

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ViVi

I want to keep my job and friends and I am not risking someone posting a picture of me at a rally like this.

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Taxpayers already show appreciation

Salary and Benefits

A career with the NYPD means receiving a reliable benefits package that includes paid vacation, paid sick leave, and retirement funds. In addition to a salary, compensation includes longevity pay, holiday pay, and uniform allowance, along with opportunities for overtime.

Salary

Starting salary: $42,500
Salary after 5 ½ years: $85,292.
Including holiday pay, longevity pay, uniform allowance, night differential and overtime, police officers may potentially earn over $100,000 per year.

Additional Benefits

27 Paid vacation days after 5 years of service
Unlimited sick leave with full pay
Selection of medical benefit packages
Prescription, dental, and vision coverage
Annuity fund
Deferred Compensation Plan, 401K and I.R.A.
Optional retirement at one half salary after 22 years of service
Annual $12,000 Variable Supplement Fund (upon retirement)
Excellent promotional opportunities
Promotional Opportunities

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Military Veterans

The NYPD has a special place for those who have served, and we value the training, skills and management experience of military personnel, which is one of the main reasons we actively recruit veterans.

Additional benefits available to military veterans include:

Veterans can earn GI Bill benefits in addition to their salary during their first two years.
Police Officer Exam scores are kept on file indefinitely. Upon leaving the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans have 6 months to start the hiring process.
Veterans can add 4 years to the maximum hiring age, or 6 years if they served during war or national emergency. This applies only to veterans under age 40.
Veterans can buy back three years of their military time to be applied to their NYPD retirement.
Officers who are active reservists are allowed 30 paid military days per year, in addition to their vacation time.
Educational Opportunities

Joining the NYPD is not only a great way to launch a career, it’s a great way to enhance your education. Here are just some of the benefits:

Full salary and benefits are available on the first day of academy training.
Earn up to 29 college credits from your academy training that can go toward a degree.
Several institutions offer full or partial scholarships to NYPD members.

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Anonymous

Sounds like a fair salary and benefits package for a job that entails so many hazards and requirements. In the end one would have to ask themselves how much their life and liberty is worth being that employment in the police department can cost you both.

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Louis Bauso

Excellent idea to show support for New York’s finest. The men and women in blue are our front line to law and order. Who else goes to work very day to serve protect and to save the lives of people they never met before. Thank you for your service. God bless.

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You do not nave to vote for Barnwell, Nolan or AOC!

You do not have to vote for Barnwell or Nolan!
Think about it.
Do they really share your vale’s?
And AOC..what are her values?

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Tom K.

And what exactly are Trump’s values? He’s no “law and order“ President, he’s a criminal himself: a philanderer, liar, extortionist, and thief. PBA President Pat Lynch and his team just made asses of themselves by endorsing Trump and have further tarnished the reputation of the NYPD and it’s membership.

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Carbie Barbie

Wait a minute! Are you telling me we can “choose” our representatives in some kind of “election?” Like a government “by the people?”

THIS IS AN AMAZING IDEA!

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Tell the Truth

What values do they have that you are alleging? All 3 of those, and also include Gianaris JVb and Holden all have different political options that vary the political spectrum

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Ashley

We are still waiting to hear about how all these politicians are the same. They have extremely different values.

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Stop lying

1000+ people voted on this? Cmon. Whose agenda is this? I doubt 1000 people showed up to vote on this and no other post.

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DumbsDownBoy

@You do not nave to vote for Barnwell, Nolan or AOC!
You do not have to pay Thumbs Up Boy to give you 900 thumbs up. AOC won re-election. You should find a real job now instead spending your day posting garbage.

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Dennis Mathews

I live in the 108 and support the NYPD however, I’m not comfortable participating in any group demonstrations. Is there another way to show support ?

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Linda

We need to show support for our local law enforcement more then ever-hope to see you all there.

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Retired NYPD

Where cops live, has nothing to do with the fact that serve and protect. If if wasn’t for people from the suburbs applying to the NYPD, there would be a shortage of cops.

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Dollars for collars

Retired NYPD- The only shortage of recruits if the test was restricted to city residents would be recruits related to other police, active and retired.,Plain and simple. It’s good to have an “in” (sometimes called a god father) just ask Pat Lynch’s son who got jammed up in Whitestone not too long ago. He kept his job the other unconnected Officer didn’t do as well.

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Carbie Barbie

Sorry, I clicked the link you gave but that article you posted seems to have nothing to do with the comment. I’m asking for evidence about cops not living where they work.

FYI

Idk about the 108 specifically but the majority of the police departments personnel live in the 5 boroughs. About 60% last time I checked.

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Sunnysider78

Again, this misses the point. It’s the system of the NYPD and it’s predatory practices that need to change. Making it about “good” and “bad” cops oversimplifies a complex situation that has it’s roots in white supremacy. Until we can acknowledge and address that, this BLM vs BLM ridiculousness will not stop.

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No Support for NYPD in Sunnyside

the 108 is completely useless to those of us living in sunnyside/woodside.

(also, “good” cops that don’t say anything when their coworkers do shady s–t aren’t honorable or good cops. They suck too.)

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Gary deblasio

You don’t like the truth ? First off the so called ” good police ” are using the youths to sell drugs in the city ..while they go back to the island … We need residency laws

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Charles

“No Support for NYPD in Sunnyside” You know who their S****ty boss is right? Starts at the top.

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Gardens Watcher

The cops are essential for Sunnyside, Woodside, and the entire precinct. Keeping our community safe and risking their lives every day. Hope you never have the need to call them. I have, and they’ve been very responsive.

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BR

I will be proud and appreciative of the NYPD to attend.
Don’t hold your breadth for our
pro- crime local politicians:
Van Bremer, Giannaris, Sandy Cortez and all
Shame on all of you!

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Gerry Mander

Will be the oldest, whitest crowd to pass through Sunnyside since last year’s US Open

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Tolerance is a two-way street

So the “oldest, whitest” crowd will be supporting a diverse police force comprised of blacks, latinos, women, homosexuals, Asians, Muslims etc., as well as – gasp! – white guys too!

Sounds like that “oldest, whitest” crowd are quite a tolerant and “progressive” bunch.

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JMurphy

Thats not racist? Before you denigrate “old white people” Think about the quality of life you enjoy today because of their sacrifices, work ethic, blood spilled in wars to give you the right to write such a thing. You will win….don’t worry! But your not going to like the prize you receive over the course of your life.

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Tom K.

So the NYC Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) goes out of its way to endorse Pres. Trump–the most corrupt, incompetent and divisive chief executive in our country’s history–and now we’re supposed to love and support them? Is Pat Lynch so stupid he doesn’t understand that the anti-police animosity is fueled in large part by an openly racist, xenophobic and authoritarian president? This only deepens the divisions in our society and is going to make things much, much worse for his police officers moving forward. Shame on him and the PBA brass for their endorsement!

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Anonymous

Who should they endorse. The lowlife scumbags that betrayed them and all of the non- criminals in this city. Look what the “progressives” have done to this city. The bodies are piling up. 52 people shot in less than 72 hours this weekend. Contrary to what AOC thinks the shooters were not looking for a loaf of bread.

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Charles

“Tom K.”

“the most corrupt, incompetent and divisive” Mayor in our City’s history created this mess…LOOK to your LOCAL power-hungry, attention-seeking, money-grubbing POLITICIANS, you know who they are, who use race, immigration, sexual preference, and whatever is “trending” to divide our communities.SHAME on the people who continue to keep voting these people into office. SHAME ON YOU for voting them in.

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#dumpdeblasio

Corrupt teachers union backs senile joe Biden while they refuse to trsch in person
That is real moral corruption

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Mac

Hashtagger-“Senile Joe Biden”? You obviously haven’t seen Trump struggle to bring a glass of water to his lips, walk down a ramp or struggle to sound out a script with such complex words like Yosemite and Minneapolis. You’ll obviously repeat anything your handlers at Fox tell you to repeat.

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jmurphy

Mac……sell the co op….before the inheritance taxes go up…..check out the villages…….you can sit by the pool collect your SSI and food stamps….tell everyone at the “early bird” what TRUMP did to NYC

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Mac and Cheese

@murphy -You sound pretty jealous., You obviously can’t beat Mac on the issues.

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Art C.

Nothing you said was true and you cant name one single racist, xenophobic or authoritarian thing Trump has done. You are just brainwashed to be pissed that he won in 2016 and to top it off, you dont even know why you are mad. Trump 2020!

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Truth

There is no such thing as “blue lives matter,” as many people have said. No such thing as a blue life. It’s a job, a choice. You can’t comapre BLM with Blue Lives Matter. Try being a Black person in America. Try being racially profiled for every single thing you do… and don’t do, just because of the color of your skin. Think about it.

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Charles

Truth…And just because someone “chooses” to become a police officer (which is not a linear profession) doesn’t mean they ALL should be profiled for those who do wrong. Just like ALL people of color don’t want to be racially profiled as well. Try being a police officer!!

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#thetruthhurts

Racially profiled every day ???? Did your crazy sociology professor tell you that ?

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Survivor

Try being an immigrant and not know Americans ways and getting picked on by everyone, black, white, yellow, orange, green.. it doesn’t matter hate is hate and EVERYONE Feels it. Don’t diminish my experience or think yours is superior to mine. Everyone lives with bullies, hatred, envy, non of which have a color. Walk in my shoes…color means nothing hate has no boundaries everyone feels it.

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Your right, you can't compare

BLM is an organization that under the guise of social justice promotes half truths and anti police agendas. They turn criminals into victims, make excuses for antisocial behaviors, and shamelessly stereotype and encourage prejudices against others that don’t share their extreme views. They even openly endorse the use of violence. They play the perpetual victims and blame others because the tactics works…sadly. They’ve set race relations back and do the most harm to their own community which if you haven noticed is getting more violent every day. Yeah you can’t compare.

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Joe Friday

When good cops start turning in the corrupt cops they will then get my support. Their inaction has helped to lead to this climate. Their work slow down post George Floyd protests has helped lead to the increase in crime. Their feelings are hurt, boo-hoo, man up and get to work.

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Debra

We need to give thanks to the NYPD for taking a knee at the BLM rallies in NYC which symbolized that they agreed with the protestors, and are against police brutality and racism. Thank you for mostly just sitting around while some protesters looted and rioted. Thank you for driving away at protest rallies when they blocked off streets and bridges and were not following social distancing guidelines. And Thank you NYPD for protecting the BLM street murals 24 hours a day!

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Charles

“Thank you for mostly just sitting around while some protesters looted and rioted. Thank you for driving away at protest rallies when they blocked off streets and bridges and were not following social distancing guidelines. And Thank you NYPD for protecting the BLM street murals 24 hours a day!”

You are thanking the wrong people…THANK THE MAYOR!!!! for that. He tied NYPD’s hands!!

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BB

Thank the protestors that were finally heard and who will continue to fight police brutality and racial inequality. Many whites joined the movement and agree with the BLM movement. Take a knee!! Be on the right side of history.

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saunders

The BLM rioters know nothing about anything. Since 1990 the NYPD has reduced homicides by 80% saving 30K mostly poor black/brown lives. They are not the problem. The police are the SOLUTION to the problem and deserve our thanks. The rise in shootings that are taking place in our city in mostly poor minority neighborhoods are briefly mentioned on tv. The “karens’ make national headlines now because its whatever fits the racist narrative the media wants to portray.

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Mitch

Imagine living in a world where it’s controversial to support cops that actually do their jobs… oh wait

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Dee

All it takes nowadays is holding an American flag and at a rally such as above and you’re labeled by many as a trump supporter and/or racists. If you happen to be a minority attending one of these rallies then some label you as “fake” and not supporting groups like the KKK. My friend who is black attended the Brooklyn Rally To Support NYPD and those who there in support of defunding the police were shouting that he was wearing black face.

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Jamal

Well Mitch, maybe if you and your friends were harassed and shot by the police on a daily basis you would be thinking differently.

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Charles

Jamal. Imagine being shot and terrorized in your own community by your own neighbors/people on a daily basis and there were no cops?! The defunding (MAYOR) did that. Less cops and more and more retiring sooner than later. No recruits/academy. No overtime. Know what you are talking about. Think about that.

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#wheresmommy?

Shot at on a daily basis ???! What planet are you living on ?
Facts matter and you are wrong

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Tamara

Daily?? Do you not read the news? Go read about all the shootings taking place in many minority neighborhoods and see who is shooting who.

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Point of clarification

What do the organizers (and attendees) mean when they say “our cops”?

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rikki

Maybe they should hold up signs saying “How many were law abiding black men shot by police”………

I’m waiting!

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Barbara

Personally, I do not want to risk being photographed or taped and put on social media for attending such a march. My BLM protest selfies are fine though and deemed acceptable by my community and place of work. I got hundreds of likes for posting some.

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Louis Bauso

Get over it. All lives matter. Stop the bull. Because of ONE realy bad asshole of a rough untrained so called cop from the midwest, murdered a defenceless person, doesn’t mean all cops are the same. Looks like you are only out there to show your face when the mass media is watching. What is your real cause???? Photo ops are your priorities. The real cause is safety and order. Remember don’t call 911 when you become a victim of a violent crime. Call your photo op supporters. See how that works out for you…

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Carbie Barbie

You’re just not arguing in good faith if you are claiming this is all about one bad cop.

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Bethany

Rant all you want. Most of our local officials and young adult voters do not agree with you. With the rich and upper middle class leaving for the suburbs our next Mayor will be even more progressive than de blasio and hopefully a woman or person of color.

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Anon

Good luck with that. Your future looks like Detroit, Michigan or Gary, Indiana. You’re not going to have enough “other people’s money “ to pay for all the free stuff you claim to be entitled to.

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james edstrom

Bull. The 108th has not been doing their job for a very long time. Hunters Point South, the home to the 108th is a war zone and they refuse to enforce any law. Drugs out in the open and in front of cops, drag racing in front of cops, fireworks, drinking all in front of the 108th and they refuse to make any arrests. We have robberies, muggings, rapes. Tenants out side begging cops to do their job, they refuse. This is not only a slowdown, it is a complete work stoppage. The 108th are filing false response reports, we call them and 2 min later we get a text saying they responded and no action needed. We are standing right there waiting for them and they never showed. The 108th is 2 blocks away, yet we had a community meeting the other night and they were supposed to show and talk to us and they never showed. Topic: Residents hiring private security to protect us, because the 108th will not. Few weeks back I flagged down a cop car, told them about a crime up the block, they turned around and went the other way. Every night cars with Madison Square Garden speakers out in front of our building for hours. Children can not sleep, residents can not sleep, we are outside waiting for the cops, they never show. Hundreds upon hundreds of people are moving out of Hunters Point South and fleeing this war zone. Last night we had a off duty state cop who lives here flag down the 108th as there were 6 ATV’z flying through the park, going down one way streets, sideswiping people in park and they refused to engage even know they went right by the cop car. Residents are talking about forming vigilante groups to take on the crime, they are talking about getting the Guardian Angels here and residents already have quotes from security companies to do the 108th NYPD’s job. The 108th command and half the cops need to go, residents on corners begging for some kind of enforcement only to be refused. Cops witnessed a couple week ago perps attempting assault on residents right in front of them and did nothing. Two cars stacked to the hill with fireworks, one with no plates, no reg and a quarter pound of weed with Hookah, they refused to arrest. The thugs know anything goes in the 108th, they know they can do anything they want. You let the small crimes go, then the big ones happen and this is why every crime including murder are up. Shame shame shame on our NYPD 108th, but not surprising, look up the history all the way back to the 1800’s when they called themselves something else, they were always corupt.

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The Thin Blue Line

Defunding the police is the stupidest idea since Cherry Coke. Unless of course, you want to turn our beloved city into Mogadishu. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what democrats want.

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Tom K.

The “thin blue line” IS the problem. All cops have partners, colleagues, commanding officers. The “bad apples” always turn out to have records of abuse and misconduct, yet somehow they remain on the job until they do something that makes headlines. Cops always seem to live in neighborhood enclaves where their only friends are also cops, and they live in their own bubbles, having nothing to do with the citizens they’ve sworn to “serve and protect.” Until we reform policing, these problems will persist.

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Truth

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.” Thomas Sowell, a black libertarian conservative economist.

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Tom K.

Republicans don’t believe in science anymore… not social science, not medical science, not climate science. They are a homogenous group of climate-deniers, flat-earthers, religious fanatics, and conspiracy theorists. All the proof you need is on Fox News and other conservative media.

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Cherry

Few will show up. Feelings of guilt and privilege based on ones race will keep many away. Hopefully the few that show up will be diverse otherwise marchers will labeled as a trump supporter and the media will focus on the one or two people wearing MAGA hats.

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Media Bias

If one person so much as farts, the media will portray the crowd as an out of control, racist mob.

Meanwhile, BLM and antifa can riot, loot and commit arson, and they’d be called “mostly peaceful” by the democrat syncophants in the press.

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We all bleed the same color.

To anyone else who thinks like Barbara…It’s pretty pathetic that people don’t want to show up and support the very people out there that have risked their lives to do their best to protect our community. Because they ARE AFRAID of being labeled as something????!!!!!

Stop being so controlled and self absorbed. Think for Yourselves and stop caring So Much about what other people think about you! That is what is wrong with many people.

Plus If anyone has not noticed these are the Times EVERYONE HAS MASKS ON.. Nobody knows what anyone looks like behind the Masks.. Hello!!!!… Look how many people have taken the opportunity to commit Crimes and gotten away with it because they have Masks on!!!! Same Difference.!!!.

Get up and march for the cops that have helped us. Because we need them.

Our neighborhood has gotten worse and worse, if you have not noticed by now!!! It’s not getting better.

Just because you support police does Not mean you hate Black people. Just because you support cops does Not mean you support Trump. Just because you support your neighborhood cops does Not mean your Racist. Just because you support the 108 cops does not mean you condone Police Brutality. No it means you support the people there that are protecting our little Sunnyside.

I am more afraid of Not having The few police we do have still around than actually caring about what someone thinks of me and judging me.!! This world has become so divided , so sad and so pathetic at this point it’s not funny.

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Charles

Showing up to support a precinct where many if not most are cops are of color

who protect our Queens neighborhoods (Sunnyside, LIC, Woodside) which has the highest population of immigrants

Doesn’t sound bad at all.

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