The uptick in gun violence this year in Williamsburg has given the 90th precinct the second-highest murder rate citywide. As many of the shootings seem to be centered around public housing, leaders of the residents’ councils in five NYCHA developments, joined with the NYPD, Assembly Member Maritza Davila, D.A. Eric Gonzalez, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, District Leader Tommy Torres, Pastor Jason Taber, community organizations, neighbors, and residents from public housing to walk from the Williamsburg Community Center on Graham Ave and Scholes St. to the baseball field at Bushwick Houses. This route took the marchers through four public housing developments. When reaching each development the group stopped and participated in a moment of silence.
When they came to the baseball field they listened as the leaders spoke on the increased police presence and alternatives to violence.
“We all care about the same thing; we all want to be in a safe community; we all want to be treated with respect and dignity in our criminal justice system,” said Acting D.A. Eric Gonzalez.
“I’m so proud of the work our [Tenants Association] presidents did to bring us together and make this happen.”