Eric Adams commends police for keeping J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade safe

New York’s typically violence-ridden J’Ouvert festival and West Indian Day parade ran smoothly over the weekend for the first time in recent memory, officials said Tuesday.

NYPD Patrol Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said, “It’s been a while” since annual Labor Day events in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, weren’t marred by shootings, including several that ended in fatalities.

Mayor Eric Adams recognized the efforts of law enforcement officials and members of his administration’s civilian “crisis management team,” who spent four days in advance in the area.

“We used the full scope of each agency and their capabilities,” Adams said during a news conference at NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

“And so you saw a celebration without the traditional violence that went with it.”

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said police may have prevented a shooting when they arrested an unidentified man who “came into this area with a firearm.”

People marching in the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on September 5, 2022.
People marching in the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on September 5, 2022.
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“He was quickly arrested and this firearm was confiscated,” she said.

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, commander of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, later said the suspect was arrested at Flatbush Avenue and the Grand Army around 11 a.m. Monday.

The man apparently slipped through a security gap between the end of J’Ouvert and the start of the parade, Kemper said.

Mayor Eric Adams attributed to law enforcement officers and civilians "crisis team" for helping to make this year's events peaceful.
Mayor Eric Adams thanked law enforcement officials and the civilian “crisis management team” for helping to keep events peaceful this year.
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His arrest came after he was pulled over for riding a dirt bike with no license plate and not wearing a helmet, a police officer told The Post.

Previous incidents related to events include the 2015 killing of attorney Carey Gabay, an aide to the then-governor. Andrew Cuomo, who was caught in the crossfire in a shootout between rival gangs during the pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration.

Sewell didn’t directly answer The Post’s question about why the gatherings were so violent compared to other ethnic festivals in the Big Apple.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced that a man was caught with a gun near the celebrations.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced that a man was caught with a gun near the celebrations.
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“So let’s look at all the events. Of course, without focusing on it, we talked about what happened in the past and this has been plagued with violence in the past,” she said.

“But we’re looking at events across the city, and when we realize that this event has a history of violence, we need to put the resources into it. But make no mistake, we analyze all events before putting together a plan.”

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