Police Blotter: Violence at the 2012 West Indian-American Day Parade

A roundup of police incidents during the West Indian-American Labor Day Parade and Carnival

The 71st and 77th Precincts have reported the following incidents taking place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Labor Day, September 3, 2012, beginning at around 3:00 a.m. for J'ouvert, the pre-dawn parade and carnival and continuing throughout the day during the West Indian-American Day Parade:

2:42 a.m., in front of 475 Schenectady Ave and St Johns a 26-year-old man was shot and killed. The perpetrator was arrested and taken into custody.

3:42 a.m., in front of 40 Lincoln Road, police and emergency vehicles were called to the scene to aid and assist individuals involved in a large fight.

4:07 a.m., on Nostrand and Snyder avenues, police called in for additional help to control a large unruly crowd

6:12 a.m., police were called to Flatbush Ave  and Empire Blvd regarding shots fired. Police conducted an evidence search; no one was injured.

5:12 p.m., on Eastern Pkwy and New York Ave, a woman was stabbed in the hip by an unknown perpetrator. She was transported to Kings County Hospital, and the investigation is ongoing.

5:15 p.m., in front of 650 Eastern Parkway near a delayed float, several shots were fired from inside a large crowd. A woman was struck in her left lower back and a man in his left hip. Both victims are expected to make full recoveries. The investigation continues.

6:00 p.m., at the corner of Bedford Ave and President Street, a man identified by police as Leandre Mallinckrodt, 27, of Monroe, NY, was stabbed in the neck and killed around a delayed float. The victim was transported to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. At this time there are no witnesses or motive to these crimes, and the investigation is ongoing.

6:30 p.m., a 26-year-old man was stabbed in the neck in front of 1394 St. John's Place. He was transported to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gabriel Hernandez, 21, of Sands Street was arrested for murder and criminal possession of a weapon and taken into custody at the scene.

7:09 p.m., police and emergency vehicles were called to the scene at Eastern Pkwy and Classon Ave regarding two people who were reportedly stabbed. Both were transported to Kings County Hospital and are in good condition. The investigation is ongoing.

10:23 p.m., police were called to the scene regarding a man shot in front of 1549 President Street. The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to witnesses, the perpetrator was wearing a white baseball cap and was covering his face. Police are investigating.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrests of the following perperators, please call the 71st Pct. Detective Unit at 718-735-0501.

Joe Gonzalez September 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I was standing in the immediate area of the murder yesterday at about 6pm. I was standing on the north side of Eastern Parkway & Bedford Ave adjacent to the service road. I saw the last flatbed truck in the parade trying to make a southbound turn onto Bedford Ave. It was unable to do so oweing to being surrounded by many thousands of people. There were hundreds of folks stampeding in every which direction. Suddenly a young man burst thru the crowd holding his neck & covered with blood from neck to stomach. He fell to the ground & was thrashing wildly. BedStuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp (BSVAC) attended to him. I noticed he was moving less then not at all. Moments later NYPD Cops & vehicles flooded the area & I couldn't see anything about this guy. The cops soon formed a wall with their nightsticks at the ready & moved the crowd westbound towards Franklin Ave. I was in the crowd & in fear of my life. Once at Franklin Ave another riot erupted & I saw cops charge into 327 Eastern Parkway later emerging with two men under arrest. I remained at that corner fearful of moving in any direction. Later I walked northbound on Franklin Ave en route home. I was able to see all manner of mayhem on the intersecting cross streets.
Joe Gonzalez September 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Its time to seriously consider banning these huge flatbed trucks and maybe all vehicles from the parade route. There have been all manner of horror down thru the years with these vehicles. At a minimum they lengthen the parade as many folks will fall back to avoid the exhaust fumes. That leads to huge gaps in the parade contigents. Indeeed and in fact there are many parades that have few if any vehicles, and the parade flow works out quite well.It also save lots of gasoline. One such example is the St.Patrick's Day Parade. It has NO vehicles and everybody walks which is great exercise. You never hear of vehicle related incidents in the parade proper of the St.Patrick Day Parade. The vehicles are for those too lazy to walk in the parade and for the greedy corporations who are selling their cars, trucks and are paying off parade promoters to exhibit their vehicles.
Ragski Bedstuy September 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Raphael S. September 05, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Keep in mind, some of these incidents happened after the parade was done...Yes, some of the people stabbed/shot came from the parade, but if it happens after the parade, it has nothing to do with the parade.
pat September 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Animals behave better. They have a reason to behave in a savage manner.
JudyGooda$$ September 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@pat, which animal r u??
Matthew in BK September 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
This record doesn't seem to be particularly better or worse than any other holiday weekend in this part of Brooklyn. There are all sorts of altercations every weekend in Crown Heights, so I don't think we can attribute any of this to the parade. There is, however, a serious problem in our society when people think that violence is an appropriate dispute resolution technique.


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