Crime in Jamaica Drops as Police and Community Groups Battle Gangs and Guns
QUEENS — In the 1980s and ’90s Lance Feurtado and his brother Todd were members of the Seven Crowns, one of the biggest heroin and cocaine gangs in the country.
Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, commanding officer of the 113th Precinct, discusses crime at a community council meeting in January 2014.
At the time, South Jamaica and St. Albans, where rappers 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj grew up, were reeling from the crack epidemic, gangs and gun violence. In 1993 alone, 39 people were slain in the neighborhoods.
But for the past 10 years, after serving decade-long prison sentences, the Feurtado brothers have been leaders of a group with a vastly different mission.
Heading up the nonprofit King of Kings Foundation, they talk to teens in local schools, libraries and community centers about the dangers of joining gangs and using drugs.
“We do everything with one sole purpose — to reduce shootings and killings in the area,” Lance Feurtado said.
The Feurtados’ transformation is only one example of a series of dramatic and hard-fought changes that have been underway in the neighborhood, which has seen violent crime drop in recent years but it is still battling gangs and guns on a daily basis.
NYPD statistics show a dramatic decrease in crime over the past two decades, similar to the rest of the city. Read the whole article at http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140303/south-jamaica/crime-jamaica-drops-as-police-community-groups-battle-gangs-guns
What a load of bullshit from most of the people interviewed here. The only one that made the most sense was Senator James Sanders. As far as Senator Malcolm Smith, who wants to listen to what this asshole crook says, he is one of the criminals, more than likely heading to jail himself on corruption charges. Councilman Wills is just a waste of tax payers money and his district is one of the worse with garbage problems as is new Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who replaced Leroy Comrie.
While I agree with a few things as far as you can leave your house in most parts of Queens without dodging bullets and feel safe, South Jamaica is another whole story and this tends to be the area where most crime and shootings take place. But then it also it the most depressed run-down area in all of Jamaica. It pretty much resembles a battle torn third world country with abandoned falling apart buildings, garbage all over, abandoned cars everywhere and dirty run-down delis with very little food on the shelves. It is a mess. I have been there in the daytime, but you would not catch me there after dark. But overall I do feel safe in Jamaica and the crime issue is really not as bad as most people think of it.
Yes, that is a fire hydrant this unlicensed vehicle is blocking
But Yvonne Reddick is way off the mark. The negative perception of Jamaica has little to do with crime and more with the poor quality of life: mounds of garbage all over the place being dumped by low-class residents, slumlords and outside visitors, illegal apartments and illegal parking pads, poor zoning which destroyed many nice 1-2 family homes which were replaced by slumlord third world dwellings, tons of homeless shelters that many of our elected officials and community board 12 gave the go ahead to dump in residential areas, abandoned cars parked all over the streets and sidewalks, many smashed up and without license plates, the over abundance of the “thug” type auto body shops all over residential areas and especially Merrick Blvd that leave smashed and abandoned cars on the streets an and sidewalks that sometimes one cannot even walk on the sidewalks, not too mention the conditions of the sidewalks from being used like this and the spilling of all kinds of auto fluids that have made a mess of many of the sidewalks and of course there is the a total lack of enforcement of quality of life issues. So in this sense, it is the Wild Wild West where anything goes.
No I do not feel that people think they will be shot or have their purse stolen, but they are more likely to get a wiff of smelly garbage piled all over the place, see dirty diapers and mattresses all over and step in dog shit.
Just take a look at my video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYhzfiSEOFs) that I shot yesterday with one of the properties (a parking lot on Merrick Blvd) of the Rev. Floyd Flake and his Greater Allen AME Church, that has been a huge dumping ground and some local residents are saying that nothing is being done about it and that Rev. Flake is not taking care of his properties. This is supposed to be one of the leaders in the community and one of two of his properties have been a dumping ground for a long time. So where is Ms. Reddick and Community Board 12 on this issue with Flake and all the other garbage problems in this community. They are all too much in cahoots with each other to be impartial.
Jn front of one of Rev. Floyd Flake’s parking lots directly across from his church, Greater Allen AME Church
So people’s perception of Jamaica are not based on crime as it is on the poor quality of life that neither our leaders nor community board are addressing properly. This perception is based on reality. Don’t believe me, look at the hundreds of photos and videos that I have documented concerning the quality of life issues in Jamaica in the past three years. You cannot deny fact when it is staring you in the eye. But these powers of be will take you another story, but I actually have the proof of what is really going on in Jamaica.