[Brooklyn, NY – July 31st 2017] – In recent weeks Assemblyman Mosley held a Town Hall meeting with Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Senator Jesse Hamilton, District Leader Davis and the NYPD to discuss concerns over the upcoming J’Ouvert festival. In response to the concerns brought to light by community stakeholders, the NYPD announcing that they have included the following precautions to the 2017 safety plan:
- The festival will begin at 6:00 a.m. to allow for increased sight lines and extra daylight throughout the parade.
- 12 entry points throughout the parade route, that will serve as checkpoints.
- Those who attend the parade will be subject to wand detectors at each checkpoint.
- No alcohol, large bags or backpacks will be allowed past the checks points.
- There will be a considerable increase in police presence dedicated to these checkpoints, in addition to the previously increased police presence from last year that will be patrolling the entire parade route.
- Light towers will be installed throughout the parade route.
“I am thrilled that the NYPD has taken the concerns of the community seriously. Over the past few years we have experienced senseless and tragic acts of violence that has marred an otherwise
vibrant and uplifting celebration of culture and history,” said Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley. “Myself, along with Mayor de Blasio, Borough President Adams, and J’Ouvert organizers are working diligently to ensure community outreach and education platforms are at the forefront of these safety efforts. Through education we will be able to bring new life to the history behind
J’Ouvert and bring our community together.”