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:

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Elizabeth Warwick
Elizabeth Warwick

Laurie Cumbo need's mental health care along with Estrogen for her hormones and seek employment in Key Food as she is unfit for her current position. reality is Gangs are a dangerous lot dealing in drug, gun and human trafficking NYPD is correct they must be shackled and dealt with in a harsh manner. !

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

These are not "children" who have gone astray and got lost. These are the kids of parents who didn't raise them properly, wandered the streets without any restrictions, guidance or respect for others. These are homemade terrorists that now are killing each other or others for whatever reason. PLEASE quit referring to these "children" like they were innocents, they are not. Lets start holding their parents responsible.

Katarina
Katarina

Maybe she needs a longer maternity leave due to her new mother-hood to allow her homones to level out and reality to resurface Maybe she should go back to her own statements regarding the rape of an 18 year old black girl by a group of men, where she didn't feel race should matter. Today she is upset that gangs are made up primarily of black and brown folk and to try to control them is racist. Maybe she isn't very stable to begin with. Her opinion changes with the crime de jour, but always defends blacks. Maybe she should simply look at the behavior of people and the crimes they commit, and leave race out of it!

Bruner
Bruner

Jesus......people like her are just too stupid to breed. Those same poor sweet children she so concerned about would rob her blind, if they didnt murder her butt. We need much much stricter laws for who we allow to run for office including a sanity test.

PatriotDee
PatriotDee

What a phony!not a real tear!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Are the Bloods, Crips, MS 13 taking whites now? Are there white gangs besides the Bells Angles and other outlaw gangs?

NMPETITT
NMPETITT

Seriously, would she be crying if the majority was comprised of another race. She needs to go with the facts, not her emotions.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Maybe she should examine her own language use. Namely that "child" or "children" is not accurate when referring to gang bangers. I mean thugs in a crew.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Also the facts are the facts whatever she wants to call them.

Memaw187
Memaw187

They are killers,trash,waste of human flesh, troublemakers,criminals . Much more descriptive and not racist at all.Fits all gang members regardless of color

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

Wait until her newborn has to face one of those animals and I guarantee she’s gonna call them a lot worse

Grog
Grog

===[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.]=== So now FACTS are racist? She is another reason liberalism must be eradicated in our lifetime. A vaccine needs to be developed to prevent people from contracting this form of cancer.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

What will happen to her opinion when someone close to her is attacked by one of these gangsters ? And I wonder if she used onions or something else for her "crocodile" tears ?

ragnarok1943
ragnarok1943

Until the search for truth trumps the need for political correctness we will never have any meaningful discussion or possible solution to crime. Democrats are afraid to alienate their voters who idolize criminals and make them heroes when they are shot by police.

magnumforc
magnumforc

The database tells it like it is. 95% are black or Hispanic. Does this bleeding heart liberal think that is being racist rather than just the facts? I check the arrest logs here in Southern California and it tracks with the rest of the nation's larger cities. Sure there are a few white gangs but they are minuscule compared to other races.

61mouse
61mouse

That's a she ???

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

And that is why NYC, or at least many parts of it, is a s***hole: because the majority party there (Democrats, as in other major cities with gang problems) can't face the facts. When some politicians insist that suspects must now be referred to as "community members" instead of suspects, those politicians obviously believe it's possible to pick up a turd by its clean end. She'll probably never run into any of those "children" in a dark alley, so she can go right on believing all that touchy-feely crap, and never have to worry about getting her throat cut by some misunderstood child.

DaveZ
DaveZ

Moron

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Man, I thought that was Arsenio Hall ???