Mother Of Slain Harlem Teen Satisfied By Killer’s 32-Year Sentence

Mother Of Slain Harlem Teen Satisfied By Killer’s 32-Year Sentence

A 20-year-old man will serve more than three decades in prison after he was convicted Monday of killing a Harlem teenager back in 2008, and the teen’s family members felt justice had been served.

Mother Of Slain Harlem Teen Satisfied By Killer’s 32-Year Sentence
Tue, 15 May 2012 02:25:00 GMT

What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. (Zimmerman was described by the police as white. According to his family he is also Hispanic.) Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Weeks after [...]

via What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012).

Harlem Liquor Store Nervous After Nixing Bulletproof Glass To Placate Gentrifiers

 

Harlem Liquor Store Nervous After Nixing Bulletproof Glass To Placate Gentrifiers Some of the more, shall we say, refined residents of the Mount Morris Park Historic District in East Central Harlem were recently mortified when a new wine shop opened up with bulletproof glass and garish neon signage that would make the Whore of Babylon blush. This kind of thing may fly over in Northeast Central Harlem, but this is the MMPHD, people! As the president of the local community improvement association, Syderia Chresfield, told DNAinfo at the time, “It brings down everything we are trying to build up. I don’t like to use the word ghetto, but that’s what it is.” And so, after a lot of hassle, the owner has transformed the ghetto into fabulous. But is he a sitting duck? [ more › ]
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Harlem Liquor Store Nervous After Nixing Bulletproof Glass To Placate Gentrifiers
John Del Signore
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 23:30:00 GMT

Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops

Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops

An 18-year-old Manhattan man was shot dead early Friday at a Harlem birthday party, apparently by his girlfriend’s other beau, police sources said. Walter Sumpter was struck once in the chest by a gunman on W. 154th St.

Rival beau kills girlfriend’s man at her 17th birthday party: cops
CORINNE LESTCH, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:27:42 GMT

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspected Groper In Harlem Subway Station

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspected Groper In Harlem Subway Station

Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspected Groper In Harlem Subway Station An off-duty cop shot and apprehended a suspected groper in a subway station in Harlem today. The shooting happened on the platform of an A train at the 125th Street station just after 12:30 p.m. According to the News, a mother screamed that her teen daughter had just been groped, and a second woman also came forward that she had been groped. The officer spotted the suspect sitting on a bench in front of the train: “As he approaches [the suspect] the officer identifies himself as a police officer,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “A struggle ensues and one round is discharged from the officer’s gun, striking the suspect in the [buttocks].“ [ more › ]
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Off-Duty Cop Shoots Suspected Groper In Harlem Subway Station
Ben Yakas
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:03:39 GMT

All are responsible for violence

McLaughlin: Two years of exposure to the gun havoc that plagues Harlem causes me to speak. The weapons used in 244 shootings in which 277 residents were shot did not appear magically in the hands of the shooters. There is no “gun genie” who places a loaded firearm in the hands of an unsuspecting or unwilling Harlem resident.

All are responsible for violence
Edward McLaughlin
Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:16:07 GMT

Judge lectures Harlem families to take responsibility as he sentenced Drug Dealers. Did he go to far? Was he right on point?

Judge lectures Harlem families to take responsibility as he sentenced Drug Dealers. Did he go to far? Was he right on point?

Was Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin calling a spade a spade, or did he go way too far as he urged parental responsibility at the sentencing of five violent Harlem drug dealers, including Jaquan Layne who is seen below.
This is regarding the so called 137th Street Crew. The gang was charged with drug, gun, and conspiracy crimes in Harlem. The name may sound familiar. It’s the same gang that recruited teens, including one time preppy school student Afrika Owes. She was just 15 years old when she carried guns for her then boyfriend, the leader of the group.

In the judge’s words:
“Gun violence in Harlem is the responsibility of that community.” Judge McLaughlin said as he sent the 21-year-old leader of the W. 137th St. gang, Jaquan “Jay Cash” Layne“ away for 20 years to life.
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I ask you Is it fair to paint the entire community with a broad brush? Or is this the type of tough love that the Harlem’s of America need?
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“If you do nothing, you are complicit.” The Judge said.
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I stop here to ask you to dig deep down in your soul in answering Judge McLaughlin statement. If you do nothing, you are complicit.”
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He urged families to do more to turn their kids from crime.
“If your relative is not doing homework, if you are not going to their school and talking with their teachers, then you contribute to your child’s and your community’s destruction,” the judge said.
“If your relative has money, jewelry and nice clothes but no job, your relative is in the drug business.”
There is “no gun genie” delivering weapons to kids, the judge continued.
Guns “are in your homes, whether you know it or not and whether you are blind to it or not.”
The judge’s words seemed to shock the families of the five gang members as they sat in the courtroom gallery waiting for their sons to be sentenced.
Several family members dismissed the judge’s words as racist.
“I can’t do this,” Layne’s sobbing grandmother said as she left court – mascara streaking her cheeks.
“With all these kids being sentence like this. I think he’s prejudice,” said the woman who would not give her name.
A second of her grandsons, Jahlyl Layne, 18, was sentenced to at least 7 ½ years behind bars and up to 23 ½ years.
Was the judge telling the truth? Or was he looking down at poor African American families? Would he lecture another community like this? But, are other groups killing themselves in the numbers that African Americans are? Was the judge doing the black community a favor? Does his comments perhaps reveal a contempt on his part that has been there for years? Would you want this judge hearing other cases involving African Americans or did he simply do the right thing speaking out this time? These are some serious questions to think about.

Judge lectures Harlem families to take responsibility as he sentenced Drug Dealers. Did he go to far? Was he right on point?
Dominic Carter
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 04:45:42 GMT