Retired NYPD captain calls for Baltimore boycott
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Former NYPD Captain Joe Concannon called for a boycott of Baltimore on Monday.
Former NYPD Captain Joe Concannon called for a boycott of Baltimore on Monday.
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Former NYPD Captain Joe Concannon called for stronger community and police ties in New York City during a press conference on Monday at the 105th Precinct, the command where Police Officer Brian Moore served before he was shot on Saturday night.

Concannon’s calls for action came in the wake of Moore’s death, whose family took him off life support at Jamaica Hospital on Monday afternoon.

“It’s with tremendous sorrow that we come here today,” said Concannon, who said he believed a climate of mistrust and misinformation about the police force had contributed towards hostility which sparked deaths like Moore’s.

Moore was gunned down on Saturday night by Queens resident Demetrius Blackwell, who had previously served time for attempted murder.

In a statement released after Moore’s death on Monday, Borough President Melinda Katz said officers deserved the “utmost respect” for the dangers they faced in duty.

“We deeply mourn this terrible loss,” she said. “Our officers deserve the utmost respect for their devotion and the very real dangers they face day-in and day-out in the selfless mission to protect our city. We must take care in remembering this daily, not just in the fresh tears amidst tragedy.”

However on Monday, Concannon said that a narrative had emerged in New York City, Baltimore, and across the nation, which condemned cops instead of supporting them.

“I think the people of New York City who need attention the most are not getting the police service they need because of agitators who are pushing the narrative that the police are brutal and the police are out of control,” he said. “That could be no further from the truth.”

He said that to him, agitators included public figures such as Al Sharpton, as well as elected officials who he said were publicly undercutting police officers.

“This is what happens when you have a mayor of New York City who goes out and fans the fires of hate in the city, that tells his son not to trust a police officer, when that’s the one person his son should run to in a time of need,” he said. “You should trust police officers in this city. They’re helping give birth to babies, people in auto accidents, people involved in crime.”

Concannon said the way to forge better relationships between civilians and police officers begins with more dialogue and engagement between the two, saying he hoped locals would attend events such as precinct meetings more regularly.

On Monday, he also called on New Yorkers to attend a series of vigils for National Police Week during the second week of May, which he said will take place on May 13 at every precinct in the city.

“This will bring attention to the great sacrifice [police officers] make,” he said. “We hope this will become an annual event for a good time to come.”

Concannon also called upon a national boycott of Baltimore, which he said had devolved into chaos in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, largely due in part to the action of the district attorney.

“Elected officials have opted to use gangs to keep their streets safe, not their police department,” he said. “The chief prosecutor promised to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray. As the state’s prosecutor of Baltimore, there should be absolutely no question.

“Justice is blind, justice is not for some young man who succumbed to his injuries,” he added. “Justice is for all of us. When you take justice and make it for one person, you affect the rest of us in the nation.”

He encouraged New Yorkers not to spend money in the city.

“People should change their vacation plans and change their investment in Baltimore until the leadership in the city of Baltimore supports its police department,” he said.

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