Bill’s DeBlah over Kings Plaza flash mob

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Mayor DeBlasio was probably busy preparing for his inauguration when hundreds of teens stormed Kings Plaza Shopping Center last week, smashing candy jars, looting, engaging in “knockout” assaults, and beating up security guards in an open-invitation attack that forced the mall to close during its lucrative, post-Christmas day of sales.

Don’t hold your breath for any outrage or arrests. DeBlasio didn’t address the mayhem on Twitter and didn’t return several calls for comment. What could be more important than addressing a terrifying act that traumatized hundreds of innocent shoppers on the eve of his watch?

Mayor DeBlasio won a landslide victory because he promised to protect vulnerable populations, and create a city where middle-class families could live, work, and raise their children. Yet he blew his very first opportunity to call for good citizenship and show he cared about the rights of law-abiding civilians.

The city’s new top official should have addressed the mall melee because of its enormity, and its capacity to inspire copycats attacks — or worse — if left unchecked.

The planned social assault, advertised on social media, is a stark reminder that we are a heartbeat away from returning to the loathsome times of 20 years ago, when coddling law enforcement policies emboldened criminals, crumbled communities, inflamed neighborhood race wars, prompted the middle class to pack up and leave, wrecked tourism, and left the city a stinking rat hole where louts lorded over the law-abiding.

The writing is on the wall. The knock-out attacks, in which young people attempt to randomly cold-cock strangers with one punch, have increased in recent months: a woman was punched in the head in broad daylight last month, as she walked with her young daughter in Midwood. A month earlier, cops arrested a 13-year-old African-American boy for a knockout attack on a 12-year-old boy in Crown Heights. That same month, an elderly Russian woman was thumped in the head by a young thug as she walked to her senior center in Canarsie.

The Kings Plaza incident caps the pandemonium. The mall, ironically, was where the NYPD conducted a terror drill in November, in response to the Kenyan shopping center mass shootings two months earlier that killed 67 people, likely not thinking that teen thugs at home could pose a threat as dangerous.

Safety is king, and Mayor DeBlasio needs to be emotionally equipped to confront schizoids who hold society hostage. He should mince no words in calling out lawless behavior, and stand firmly in solidarity with law-abiding New Yorkers — Gotham’s largest defenseless community — if he is serious about his wish for “One New York, Rising Together.”


Read Shavana Abruzzo's column every Friday on BrooklynDaily.com. E-mail here at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com.
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Why didn't the person who was mayor at the time address these things? Maybe he was too busy trying to ban elastic underpants or something. Big Bucks Bloomey's old police commissioner didn't even let DeBlasio's transition team into the building because he was a sore looser poopy pants. You old people need to start paying more attention before you start the NYC version of the Tea Party.
Jan. 3, 2014, 11:27 am
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Jim, I think Shavana is well aware that Mr. DeBlasio was not the mayor at the time and it would've been completely inappropriate to contradict any procedures the standing Mayor or his staff did at the time. What is so unfortunate when dealing with people like Ms. Shavana Abruzzo and their one-sided negative view towards any political issue other than conservative, is that we have to deal with unscrupulous, bias and amateurish style of reporting that she calls journalism. A type of journalism that she had to travel West 3000 miles to be able to find a job that would put up with this kind of nonsense. If she was a true reporter she would have reported that the reason the Bloomberg administration put up with the kind of behavior that took place in Kings Plaza, was their way of keeping crime statistics down by not reporting it unless that behavior took place in Manhattan and then swift action would've taken place to ensure that Bloomberg's friends would not have to put up with this kind of behavior.
Jan. 3, 2014, 6:32 pm
Barbara from Prospect Heights says:
Ms. Abruzzo, our new mayor's last name is spelled "de Blasio," not "DeBlasio," although, frankly, that is the least of your errors.
Jan. 3, 2014, 7:44 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Bill de Blasio wasn't mayor at the time And neither the then-mayor nor the then-NYPD chief were outraged.

Kelly said there were no robbery or assault complaints. His officers didn't arrest anyone and the PD then-spokesperson pretty much blew the whole thing off.

Bloomberg and Kelly either didn't care or didn't want to go out on a bad note.
Jan. 3, 2014, 8:39 pm
local tourist from BK says:
This column is a fabulous, hyperbolic parody of dogmatic dottiness. I certainly hope thst its humourousness is intentional.
Jan. 4, 2014, 11:43 pm
Sam from Bay Ridge says:
The flash mob at Kings Plaza was typical black behavior.
Jan. 22, 2014, 12:37 am

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