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.