In Your Opinion

Make Florida Off Limits

To The Editor:

The Trayvon Martin slaying verdict has outraged millions, including our President. But so far, only Stevie Wonder has shown a sensible solution – Boycott Florida. The pop music superstar refuses to perform there until Florida repeals its Stand Your Ground law that triggered Trayvon’s murder. Other entertainers, like Jay-Z and Beyonce, must follow his example. No New York professional or college teams should compete there, even if they forfeit games. All city and state agencies must stop doing business with any Florida-based enterprises.

City and state pension funds must shed their investments in companies there, just like they did with gun manufacturers after Sandy Hook. And all New Yorkers must declare Florida off limits for vacation and business travel. No more visits to Disney World, Sea World, Miami, Tampa or anyplace else until Florida repeals its license for murder. If not, Florida must change its tourism ads to say: “Come visit us. You can get away with murder here. But leave your hoodie and Skittles home.” Stand your ground. Boycott Florida.

Richard Reif,

Flushing

 

Differing Opinions On Martin Case

To The Editor:

People blame Trayvon Martin for sucker-punching Zimmerman. Here are some facts these ignorant fools continue to ignore: Zimmerman instigated the confrontation, provoked Martin into responding physically and then killed him, claiming legal justification. Zimmerman profiled Martin as a “punk” instead of seeing him as he was – a kid walking home with a soda and a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman continued to stalk Martin even after the police dispatcher told him not to. Zimmerman carried a gun, which caused a confrontation that he initiated to escalate a misunderstanding into the death of an innocent teen. Zimmerman now claims he fears walking in his own neighborhood because someone might take the law into their own hands and confront him, possibly assaulting him and maybe pulling a gun for a non-existent crime. Now he knows what happened to Trayvon!

Robert La Rosa,

Whitestone

 

To The Editor:

These sycophants of Democratic Liberalism are once again fallaciously projecting the Trayvon Martin incident as racial, rather than the self-defense of George Zimmerman. President Obama leads the racial bait chorus by singing, “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin; Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” I have a suggestion. Every sane American should buy a hoodie for Obama and a ticket to Zimmerman’s town for Christmas, and we won’t have to be inundated with his stupid comments, stupid policies and his stupid-looking face crying racism ever again.

Joseph N. Manago

Briarwood

 

Double Standard?

To The Editor:

The Trayvon Martin jury has spoken, so let’s respect their decision. The true racist could have been Trayvon Martin, as he called Zimmerman a “cracker.”

OJ Simpson wasn’t tried a second time by the Justice Dept. Remember his lie that he was going to find the real killer?

Not all protests were peaceful. American flags were burned, police were attacked. This was a lynch mob. Two black eyes, smashed nose, cuts on the back of the head, but no serious injuries. Trayvon martin also had pot in his system. Maybe he was high. Did Martin have a criminal record? Threats against George Zimmerman must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Donald Heins,

Whitestone

 

Another Look At Community Safety

To The Editor:

In his letter to the editor, Councilman Mark Weprin made a valiant effort trying to spin the Community Safety Act as measures that will not jeopardize public safety. Mr. Weprin says, “Intro 1080 does not prevent police officers from using stop and frisk and would still permit the use of race, gender, age and other relevant information when pursuing criminal suspects.” What he doesn’t say is that doing so could result in finding those officers guilty of biased-based profiling if the crime-fighting tactics employed by the police disproportionally impacts people on the basis of those very same characteristics.

So how would this work in the real world?  Imagine a string of vehicle break-ins has victimized a middle-class community like Rosedale. A grainy security video that is inconclusive suggests that a group of white teen males may be responsible. While on night patrol a cop sees a white teen male in this predominately black neighborhood walking with no purpose, and looking into parked car windows. Although those actions are not illegal, common-sense tells us to stop and question this individual. Unfortunately, doing so would subject the police to bias-based profiling charges under this bill because the stop was based on the color, gender and age of the individual and not some other factor. Simple suspicion is not sufficient, so we can toss common sense out the window.

In another neighborhood, the police have responded to community concerns about a local bar that has been the scene of numerous gun and alcohol-related problems. In a proactive effort to stop this, every Friday and Saturday night for the next month the police have set up a vehicle check point a block from the bar. After the first week, the bar patrons wise up to the police action and are on their best behavior when leaving. Although many were stopped, no arrests were made and the neighborhood finally gets needed relief. Unfortunately, these actions by the police subject them to biased-based profiling under the bill since most of the bar patrons are people of color and the police cannot prove that their police actions were definitively responsible for the reduction of crime.

Pro-active police actions such as these will soon end as the NYPD and individual officers come under challenge for bias-based profiling. Since the law permits full attorney fees and expenses, this financial bonanza will keep attorneys employed for years to come at taxpayers’ expense. Contrary to the assertions of Councilman Mark Weprin, these bills will not make our streets safer, they will put a serious crimp on proactive policing and will turn the focus of law enforcement away from the most vulnerable neighborhoods. That is why the nation’s most respected Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, the PBA and the Chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee are opposed to this measure and do not want our city to backslide into the morass of crime and despair it once was.

 

Bob Friedrich,

Glen Oaks