VIDEO: NYC Majority Leader Cries Over Words NYPD Uses To Describe Gangbangers

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo struggled through tears as NYPD officials explained their gang database tool.

New York, NY – New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo broke down in tears during a public safety committee meeting on Wednesday, as NYPD officials described a database system they have established to help track and combat gang violence (video below).

The NYPD database is a tool used to help track the members of approximately 500 gangs and crews operating in the city, the New York Daily News reported.

“The database is a vital tool in keeping the city safe,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea explained to the committee. “When violence erupts between two groups, it is vital for us to know who might retaliate and who is likely to be targeted.”

Opponents of the Criminal Group Database have declared the system to be racist, due to the fact that 95 percent of the 17,600 people entered into the system are African American or Hispanic, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reported.

Chief Shea noted that most gangs and organized crime groups “are not typically diverse organizations,” according to the New York Daily News.

“To hear about the fact this database exists, on first sight, on first hearing — it seems very problematic,” Cumbo said.

“Words like ‘takedown’ and ‘crews’ and to talk about our children that way,” Cumbo lamented, shaking her head. “It’s really, I mean, maybe just because I’m a new mom and I’m really hormonal, but it is terrifying to hear about our children in that way. To be referred to as ‘crews’ and ‘gangs’ and ‘takedowns,’ and I mean, it just…”

According to Chief Shea, the average age of those entered in the database is 27 years old – nearly a decade older than the “children” Cumbo expressed being concerned about.

“The words we use, the language we use,” Cumbo continued through tears, according to the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. “To hear us talk about them like this. To talk about them like numbers in a database.”

“They are people,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. “They are our community. They’re valuable. We can’t continue to look at people as casualties.”

Chief Shea noted that law enforcement used the same process to successfully topple Italian-American organized crime rings in the 1980s and 1990s.

The NYPD still tracks terrorist groups, motorcycle gangs, and Russian and Albanian organized crime, he added.

Chief Shea explained that 50 percent of the 789 shootings that took place in the city in 2017 involved a gang member.

“Plainly stated, it would be irresponsible for the department not to track members of gangs,” he said.

The database is routinely updated to keep the list of entries current and accurate.

“Our goal is to make sure that everyone who is in the database is actually a gang member,” Chief Shea said. “We are in the era of precision policing. Saturating the database with non-gang members limits its usefulness.”

“We work diligently to ensure that we do not accidentally ensnare innocent people into the database,” he continued. “The numbers back that up … In fact, the average person in the database has been arrested 11 times, five of which are for felonies.”

Logic aside, Cumbo appeared to be fixated on words the NYPD used and the fact that the database had ever been conceptualized in the first place.

“It’s just devastating to hear about how we see our young people, and the vocabulary that we utilize, and the lack of connection to helping them,” Cumbo sobbed.

It was unclear which words Cumbo may have deemed to be more appropriate in discussing the facts surrounding gang violence, but she did offer one suggestion.

The City Council Majority Leader proposed that police use the database to help those listed to access resources, including employment, the Observer reported.

“Obviously, these are entrepreneurial individuals who have some talents and some skill sets to do something,” she said. “This city just increased the amount of summer youth employment… from 28,000 to 75,000.”

“I just hope that my son is never in a situation like that,” Cumbo added, as onlookers began to applaud.

You can watch Cumbo’s breakdown in the video below:

Comments (25)
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I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

Another bleeding heart bitch ass liberal.... what you gonna do when one of them "children" shoots your ass up for the $5 in your purse? Go drink some hemlock tea nappy ass ho.

Steve1
Steve1

New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo just proved how totally ignorant she really is. Just because she does not like certain words does not mean that those words do not fit the people the NYPD track. As for her son, she should raise her son properly so he does not fall into that category.

RunCop
RunCop

Why does a certain ethnic group ( the 13%ers ) always defend animal thugs? What a sick tribe they are!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Please let's not let truth stand in the way of political correctness and warm feelings. It's more important to accommodate people's precious emotions than it is to effectively address crime.

JBo
JBo

Ummm..."To be referred to as ‘crews’ and ‘gangs’ and ‘takedowns,’", that's how these "children" refer to themselves. No hope for New York with elected officials like her.