Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NYPD Raid at 695 Franklin

Sometime between 10:25 and 10:50 AM this morning, a team of at least five NYPD officers parked unmarked vans in front of 695 Franklin Avenue (between Park and Prospect) and stormed the apartment building in what appeared to be a drug-related raid. When this blogger went by at 10:50--I had passed earlier around 10:25 and all appeared quiet--two individuals were being led away in handcuffs, a middle-aged African-American woman and a middle-aged African-American man. All of the officers wore kevlar vests, and one was replacing shields and other riot/SWAT-type gear in the back of one of the vans. A small crowd had gathered at a distance, and one observer remaked to a friend that the police "had gone in hard . . . with a sledgehammer." There was no readily apparent evidence of a struggle, though the officers were clearly prepared for one.

I would have stuck around to learn more, but the mood nearby was not, to say the least, friendly. As I passed, slowing to look over my shoulder and debating whether to snap a photo, one woman shouted "Someone's been snitching! These crackers have been snitching!" Being the only person who fit that description in attendance, I made my exit. Hopefully I'll have more on whatever this raid was about later in the day.

16 comments:

  1. Someone's been snitching? Sounds like that lady's been aiding and abtetting. Maybe the cops ought to have a word with her.

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  2. I'm at a loss for words.

    I HOPE they were not really selling drugs. I don't live on Franklin, so my only impression is from what I read on the blogs.

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  3. crazy people, why do some enjoy living in such a negative environment

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  4. and by "negative environment" you mean New York City, right?

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  5. It is good to hear that the police are taking drug activity seriously (if that is, indeed, what was going on). Franklin Avenue is getting much better, but I saw my first drive-by drug deal this past week at Franklin/Sterling...(driver went around the corner, signaled to the dealer standing outside, he help up 2 fingers at the driver, the driver continued around the corner and then he circled the block came back and picked it up. If I hadn't been standing there for both go-arounds I wouldn't have known what was up.)

    - Liz

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  6. Drugs really aren't that bad if you know how to use them. Unfortunately, since they are illegal, a lot of money can be made by unsavory elements selling them.

    There was also a lot of money to be had bundling mortgages by unsavory bankers. And instead of them being raided by something akin to a para militia — as did the "middle-aged African-American woman" and "middle-aged African-American man" — what the bankers got was a bundle of billions of dollars called the TARP — and then big bonuses. They sure don't live on Franklin Avenue (yet).

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  7. Damn right the crackers are snitching! Get used to it, lady.

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  8. Hey, can you post a follow up on this later. I'm pretty interested to see what charges they were arrested on. Also, the teen boys (who look so very young) on the corner of Sterling/ Franklin are so blatant with the dealing; it's interesting because of the police tower and everything.

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  9. I'm posting Anonymous, becuase well, I don't need to be hazed for asking questions some may feel are niav.

    Is Franklin Ave the drug Ave of Crown Heights?

    Is this behavior only obvious if you live/work pass by Franklin Ave doing certain times?

    I assume law abiding "old timers" could not tolerate this behavior also.., so why does it onle seem that NOW Police action is being taken on a serious level?

    Or do we "newbies" have more time on our hands to make contious calls to 311 or 911?

    SBQ

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  10. 'm posting Anonymous, because well, I don't need to be hazed for asking questions some may feel are naive.

    Is Franklin Ave the drug Ave of Crown Heights?

    Is this behavior only obvious if you live/work pass by Franklin Ave doing certain times?

    I assume law abiding "old timers" could not tolerate this behavior also.., so why does it only seem that NOW Police action is being taken on a serious level?

    Or do we "newbies" have more time on our hands to make continuous calls to 311 or 911?

    SBQ

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  11. Why is drug activity on franklin ave even blog worthy. Damn times have changed. It would be more notable if there was no drug activity on franklin ave.

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  12. Well, some of us are new to the neighborhood and are NOT used to drug activity in our neighborhoods so it is blog worthy to some of us.

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  13. Maybe if more people "snitched" the quality of life for everyone in the neighborhood would improve... including the lady who considered "snitching" an abhorent action.

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  14. I snitch and I vote.

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  15. I just moved to Franklin avenue it looks alright to me coming from the Bronx

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  16. how sad,,,i lived at 695 Franklin Ave. in the 50's and 60's and the neighborhood was awesome. why do people let their neighborhood go? I have such fond memories of growing up there.

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