Police presence increased in the wake of hate crimes
The NYPD will increase its presence in the Manhattan neighborhoods where five anti-gay hate crimes have occurred in the past few weeks, officials announced Monday.
Following a rally for 32-year-old Marc Carson, who was shot and killed in the West Village this past weekend, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced an action plan to keep the city safe for all New Yorkers, which includes beefing up police patrol.
The NYPD has agreed to increase its presence in LGBT neighborhoods, including setting up temporary headquarter command vehicles, according to Quinn’s office. Neighborhoods include the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
The deployments will continue through at least the end of June, which is LGBT Pride Month.
Carson was killed near the corner of West Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue late Friday night by alleged gunman Elliott Morales, 33, who shouted anti-gay slurs at Carson before shooting him to death.
Another recent anti-gay attack occurred earlier this month near Madison Square Garden, when two men were injured in an attack by a group of men yelling anti-gay remarks.