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Whites shot in Bed-Stuy; media cover up?

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 5:32 p.m.

Vann is affronted by the entire notion of out-of-towners having the gall to think they could walk into the neighborhood and bring in drugs.

"I'm really upset that the perception of Bed-Stuy is that there is such a need for drugs that white boys from Rhode Island can roll up and just start selling drugs here," said Vann. "I don't want people from our community selling drugs, and I am insulted and troubled that they would think they can do this."

"The NYPD is in panic mode over the reported rise in crime," determined retired detective Marq Claxton. "Along with their usual manipulation of crime statistics, they will increase targeted enforcement, which will result in increased summonsing, quality of life arrests and stop and frisks. The NYPD will use the increased enforcement numbers to give the appearance that they won't let the city go back to the '80s."

Claxton, the founder of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance, concluded, "It is classic smoke and mirrors, along with the classic Giuliani move of selective release of actual crime in the city."

"It's interesting that when three white guys get shot allegedly dealing with drugs, you don't see it any where in the major media," said Barron. "What about these three wilding white kids trying to come into our community trying to sell drugs? How come we don't hear about this? How come we don't hear from the police commissioner, Ray Kelly? If it were Black kids, they'd be plastered all over the news, paraded in handcuffs in a perp walk, with Mayor Bloomberg calling them wilding, drug-dealing animals. He was quick to talk about 'wilding' and those Black youth in Times Square recently. Where is he on this?"

Bloomberg's office did not respond to an AmNews request for comment on the case.

"I still can't believe that the story didn't get more coverage," said Vann. "It's kind of weird. I don't know what kind of conspiracy that could be."

Vann said that he had commanders in his office from the 77th, 79th and 81st precincts and he recently hosted a jam-packed public meeting, where Bed-Stuy residents voiced concerns about crime, among other hot button issues.

The Putnam Avenue shooting was hot news on the street for a hot minute, but now "people have moved on. Regrettably, it takes a lot to get people involved and organized," noted Vann. "That's our challenge. Basically, that's what we are going to try to do--get more block associations involved on the issues."