Neighbors packed the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park on Tuesday night to question representatives of the 63rd Precinct about the NYPD’s security plans a day after teenagers ran rampant through Kings Plaza mall.

Lieutenant Vito Ardito of the precinct’s special operation’s unit that oversees response to disturbances like that at Kings Plaza, sought to emphasize the NYPD’s proactive handling of the teenage “riot” during the Marine Park Civic Association meeting.

Ardito said the police were aware of the plans to overtake the mall well in advance, having monitored the situation on social media sites including Facebook. However, he noted that it’s not illegal to host a “get together,” but the number of people put the precinct on guard. The NYPD sent additional cars from Manhattan, giving the local force 13 cars in total to preserve order.

The teens were allowed to enter the mall, but police and mall security decided to send them on their way after concerns that the growing numbers would become unmanageable. Ardito emphasized that none of the kids, who appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 16, were violating the law, and all but two complied with officers’ requests to leave, leading to arrests.

Both arrests were of minors, and Ardito said the precinct is working with their parents. One received a summons.

The community, though, demanded a tougher response and more police officers to be stationed at the mall, saying they feared for their safety when shopping at the mall.

Although Ardito noted reiterated that the teens did not violate any laws and were compliant with police officers’ requests, he did note that they are working with mall security to improve the situation – especially as the mall moves forward with renovations, including a $3 million camera system.

He added that when looking at the precinct’s command as a whole, the mall only accounted for a marginal amount of crime, and that slashes to their personnel – from 180 to 120 officers in recent years – meant prioritizing areas with greater incidents of violent crime.

The NYPD is also investigating the organizer of both Kings Plaza “get togethers” for a possible “incitement to violence” charge.

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  • Murry

    One hundred knuckleheads can run amuck in Kings Plaza and the police are helpless. But I received a summons for JAywalking. Ok I got it now.

    • J.M.H.

      Just wondering what street were you alleged to have jaywalked?

      • Murry

        Madison and 57th.

    • just me

      So are you saying that you got what you deserved? (said with a wink and a smile).

      • Murry

        It is what it is. Save the wink and smile for someone that likes you.

  • a good neighbor

    first of all, thank you so very much to sheepsheadbites.com for going beyond its physical boundary covering this story in marine park. i still wonder whatever happened to marineparker.net.

    anyway, i do agree 100% the precinct should put the police blotter back as soon as possible. this is really how residents learn about what/when/where/how of crimes happening in our community.

    for those who don’t know, NYPD has a new program called “block watcher” which allows each of us living in the area to be the extra pair of eyes and ears for the police. you will be given a number to report anything that deem suspicious but not serious enough for 911 call. i hope to find out more about this for 63rd precinct through the community affair officer soon.

    also, the city has rolled out nextdoor.com which connects residents with one another. it’s a great way to keep each other informed of things happening in our neighborhood. i highly encourage you to sign up and join!

    while social media mainly covers facebook and twitter, but there are a whole lot more like whatsapp that cannot be tracked down easily. hope the NYPD is up to speed on this.

    • anonymousOfCourse

      My neighbors are nosy, they want to know what is going on down the block but they don’t want to get involved. Also with blockwatcher and nextdoor.com you can’t rat out your neighbors anonymously, you have to be signed up with your real name and address. However, you can always call 311 and if necessary 911 and remain anonymous.

      • a good neighbor

        with block watcher you are given a number by the precinct and thus no one else knows your true identity. we need to keep an eye out for one another to keep marine park safe for everyone to enjoy.

  • BHO

    What’s the race of the “kids”?

    • you can call me Al

      Relay. Some of them are going out for long jump next season.

  • EaseyE123

    Such despicable racism by white people is getting innocent black people killed all over the country and it needs to stop. Why are whites so afraid of a few children playing in the mall? Do you want all black people in prison? Disgusting ignorance!

    • ArnietheK

      I disagree with your characterization of participants in the incident as ” few children playing.” It has been reported that over 100 individuals were involved. That’s not a few. It’s a crowd. Furthermore, teenagers are not innocent children as you suggest. A four-year old is a child. A sixteen year old is an adult physically and capable of adult behavior. As for the playing, the mall is place of business, not a playground. How would you react as a merchant to a crowd of teenagers whose “play” drove off customers?

      • BrooklynBus

        Something doesn’t sound right. According to previous reports. The kids were unruly and causing mayhem. The police say they weren’t breaking any laws but were asked to leave anyway.

        If no one was breaking the law and there was no disorderly conduct, no one should have been asked to leave. I can also see why two would refuse to leave if they weren’t doing anything wrong. So which one was it, a hundred wild kids running around, or a hundred kids who just being there and not breaking any laws? Somehow I do not believe the police account because of the other reports.

      • www.chimpout.com

        The sight of hooded “Young Black Teenagers” are enough to cause alert anywhere civilized white people may be.

    • Al the S

      It is disgusting when ignorant people speak or write where others can hear and see it. But, live and let live….. until the next riot.

      • EaseyE123

        Your klansmen hoods are showing. I suppose every black child should just be put in prison at birth?
        People always hate what they fear and fear what they are ignorant of.

        Go live behind a wall like all of the T-Partiers want to do. It is a beautiful, vibrant diverse city and you people want to hide from it. So ignorant it is sad.

        • K Kay Kaye

          Power to the KLAN!!! May peace and white power reign throughout the land!!!

          • EaseyE123

            A sick hate filled white boy with a tiny penis. Don’t be mad that white women love black men so much. Hate makes your penis shrink you know. Little ignorant boys like you can’t satisfy any woman. Hurry up and die of you racist, whites like you get skin cancer in droves because it is gods way of removing your kind from OUR BEAUTIFUL VIBRANT DIVERSE WORLD.

            You are a despicable racist whose time is almost up. Thank you for showing you Klan Membership. I forwarded your comments to my friend in the NAACP and they are looking into bringing a bit of attention to you and your lilly white racist neighborhood.

    • Erhan Bek

      ask yourself where your mentality is coming from we are human beings we try to avoid danger when we can and stop pulling the race card every single time something like this happens, you are whining and sympathy seeking if you weren’t racist you would agree with other people in the community you would agree that these kids are a problem and if you are complaining about racist people in sheepshead bay your just a sore loser seeking attention…. people are being tortured and murdered for your type of childish mentality

      • EaseyE123

        Sheepshead Bay discriminates against people of color all the time. You racists terrorize people of color while you all give the private handshake to your white gangsters and thief diamond merchants. Your time is up racist pig

        Because of people like you their is poverty in the communities of color, you step for yourselves and keep us out THEN YOU CALL US SORE LOSERS? Time to have some marches and drive out all you racist whites

        • NYC Cit

          Marches??? Yeah, I do like seeing a bunch of unemployed savages burning down their own neighborhood. I say bring it on. Nobody’s scared of you.

        • NYC Cit

          Yeah bad people of Sheepshead Bay are bad. I say you should boycott this area entirely. Don’t come here to spend your hard earned money, don’t patronize any businesses, don’t walk the streets or drive here, nothing. This is pretty much how I treat your dump of a neighborhood.

          • EaseyE123

            Reverend Sharpton called it right – you people are nothing but racist bloodsucking parasites exploiting persons of color. THANK GOD WE GOT A BLACK PRESIDENT NOW.
            All you racist whites heads are exploding in rage and you are scared because justice is coming for you. Go play in your sheets boys. Cowardly punk whites always hide as soon as they seen some black people.

          • NYC Cit

            How can whites exploit blacks if they are unemployed? It’s more like blacks exploiting whites that pay taxes which go to support your crack habits and your 20 fatherless kids who are destined to become violent felons and contribute zero to society. You are a true racist. Why do you think Africa is such a war torn sewer? Oh right, white people…

    • NYC Cit

      Who was innocent exactly?? I’d like some facts to back up your baseless claims.

  • Leroy Jiggs

    The cops are afraid the Porch-Monkeys might chimpout and stat a riot!!!

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