March calls for stop to violence plaguing Bronx communities
A caravan in the streets of Soundview Tuesday prayed for peace and called for a stop to the violence that is plaguing Bronx communities.
Residents, elected officials and NYPD officers all stood shoulder to shoulder outside of the 43rd Precinct.
The crowd walked from the Monroe Houses to the Soundview Houses, and then to the Sack Wern and Clason Point Houses.
Overall, NYPD data shows crime in New York City Housing Authority complexes in the 43rd Precinct is up 45% so far this year compared to last year, with assaults and burglaries seeing the biggest spikes.
The marchers said their mission is to demand a reverse to that trend.
"I’ve lived my whole life, 40 years here and we’ve been dealing with the same thing, and when we lose a life, it really hurts me,” said Deputy Inspector Keiyon Ramsey. “I’ve shed a lot of tears upstairs in my locker room. If you look up there, there’s a bucket full of tears."
“As the district attorney, I see devastation every single day. The violence needs to stop and what better way than community, police and clergy to come together and pray for the peace we need in our community," said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
The 43rd Precinct's commanding officer said the timing of this march was important because they are begging for a peaceful summer.