South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
So this happened on a Sunday in broad daylight on the first day of Spring in New York Fucking City under Mayor Eric Adams. Two men causing a ruckus on a street corner at Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave yelling at each other about a money dispute that nearly got even more violent and bloody when one man pulled out what looked like a 24 inch bike chain and the other man retaliated by whipping out a very polished and sharpened meat cleaver in an attempt to defeat his foe and stain it and the pavement with his blood.
(Fucking you tube)
Since everyone in the vicinity of the ruckus was just standing around gawking, I ceased filming and called 911 and the NYPD responded mighty quick. The two cops then drew their guns and the perp complied fast and dropped his weaponized food preparation utensil. After the man continued to argue with the cops still pointing their barrels on him, he turned around and they slapped the cuffs on him.
As the cops had the situation under control, one of them called for backup. Then more cops came.
And then even more cops came…
The amount of cops that were deployed here for one man was quite stunning. Normally would expect this response would be for a gang fight or even a protest. Especially the way these cops arrived and parked their patrol cars to the crime scene. Makes one worried that one of them might just come rolling in like Frank Drebin.
While the NYPD managed to prevent chaos on the sidewalk stopping someone from committing felony assault or a homicide, they managed to cause chaos on the streets creating congestion with their haphazard parking. With all that deployment, not one cop directed traffic to lessen the gridlock at one of the busiest intersections in Queens.
An ambulance arrived also, although its unsure who was being treated. Maybe the aspiring psychotic butcher might have nicked his foe during their row. The situation was quelled in about a half hour and things reverted to what passes for normal on this corner. An ambulance arrived also, although its unsure who was being treated. Maybe the aspiring psychotic butcher might have nicked his foe during their row. Although I couldn’t help but think about some other crime victim somewhere at that time could have needed the aid of a cop.
But this is sure a good way to start off the Spring in the Dirty South of Queens. In fact, less than 48 hours before two blocks north from this corner on 101st Avenue, a man shot two off-duty C.O.’s after he got bounced out of a jiggle joint by Lefferts.
It looks like it’s gonna get worse out here kids. If one can just bump into one crime scene into a crime scene in progress just going for a stroll on a pleasant sunny day is enough to realize that you might wind up in the “wrong place at the wrong time” in Mayor Adams New York City, which palpably feels like every place is the wrong place and every time is the wrong time.
Be aware of your surroundings kids.