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Staten Island politician Joe Borelli demands end to West Indian Day Parade, citing cuts to NYPD

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Feather-clad parade-goers strut their stuff at the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day last year

New York, USA - A Staten Island councilman is calling for the end to Brooklyn’s popular West Indian Day Parade and all of its annual coinciding activities — arguing that it requires a “beefed up and visible police presence” the NYPD can no longer afford.

“Each year there’s several shootings and homicides surrounding the West Indian [American] Day Parade & J’Ouvert. Its a danger for cops, revelers & the public,” wrote Republican Councilman Joe Borelli in a tweet accompanying a letter addressed to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.

....Borelli argues in his letter that the celebration’s violence is not confined to the vicinity of the parade but can be felt throughout the neighborhoods and precincts surrounding the annual celebration which he says is reflected in a jump in shootings recorded over the holiday weekend annually.

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