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A Day of Remembrance 9/11 – 19 Years Later A Community Commemorates the Day the Changed America


A day Americans will never forget, September 11, 2001, the attack on the towers at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and the plane forced to crash in a field in Pennsylvania by passengers. The initial reports were stunning enough, as news of a plane hitting one of  2 iconic World Trade Center towers.  As  live visuals reached the screen we became aware that our country was under attack from multiple fronts.

Post September 11 gathering at Clinton Square people from all over the region, thousands gathered.

Those in Syracuse can remember the roar of planes taking off from Hancock Airbase en route to assist in the opening salvos in what would become,  America’s War on Terror.  It’s been 19 years since that fateful day in 2001 when people awoke to conduct their daily lives.  Little did anyone know that within hours, our world as we knew it would change forever.

For a brief moment in time, Americans were united.  There was no immediate bickering between political party’s. The World was sending messages of condolence to the American people.

To commemorate that day and the loss of life that touched every corner of our nation there are now annual events in almost very city, town and village in America. In 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, some ceremonies were held live. However virtual events were streamed, and pictures were posted by many communities on social media to show their solidarity on this day when nothing seemed to separate our nation.

City of Syracuse/Onondaga County Leaders Commemorate “Patriot Day”  (Sept. 11, 2001 memorial)

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

In remembrance of the fallen first responders and civilians 19 years ago, Mayor Walsh and County Executive McMahon joined Police Chief Kenton Buckner and Fire Chief Michael Monds and our local heroes to honor Patriot Day (Sept. 11, 2001 memorial) at the Police Memorial.

During the small and private ceremony, both attendees and SPD/SFD service-women and -men (via a radio transmission) observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.

As we all take time today to reflect on the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes, families and our nation during that tragic day on 9/11, may we consider living in a way that cherishes life and those around us on the frontlines who protect it.

Syracuse/Onondaga County  9/11 Commemoration Ceremony 2020 Gallery 

 

 


“Labor Day Since 1894’ for African Americans – Worker’s Rights Were Delayed

For African Americans, A. Phillip Randolph is the father of our inclusion and ascension to power within the American labor movement. It took until 1937 to gain Collective Barging rights.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contribution’s workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The briefcase, personal documents, and several key historic letters of civil rights icon A. Philip Randolph

However, it originated during a horrific chapter in the history of labor. The late 1800’s the average work period was 12-hour days, and no Sundays off. Children, as young as 6 years old working for lower wages in mills, factories, and mines. Health Care? If you get sick, you’re on your own.

Blood was shed as strikes were occurring all over the country, America had transformed into an industrialized nation. Death in the workplace was not uncommon, as safety regulations did not exist. There was civil unrest, in response Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday, June 28, 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed the Bill in into law.

Days after signing the legislation, Cleveland’s Federal government sent troops into Chicago disrupting the Railroad Pullman Car workers actions. The strike was violently broken, leaving 30 dead.  We were producing goods for a rapidly expanding nation and exporting our products to the world.

A. Phillip Randolph stamp

As the American Railway Union organized Pullman employees, they refused to include Black workers, excluding Porters. By 1925 the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) was formed. Organized by A. Philip Randolph, the social activist also published The Messenger a political/literary magazine. It wasn’t until 1937 that collective bargaining agreements were secured for the BSCP.

So, for African Americans, A. Phillip Randolph is the father of our inclusion and ascension to power within the American labor movement.

Porters went on to become essential in the establishment of a Black Middle class. Their legacy extends far beyond the Railroad Industry. What Porters couldn’t experience for themselves, based on seeing different people in travel; educated their children.  Porters saved and financed educations for their children and beyond. Many of our most esteemed figures in Black History were born of that legacy;  well-known persons of achievement in a variety of professions, from law (Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall), politics (San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley) and journalism (Ethel L. Payne of the Chicago Defender) to music (jazz pianist Oscar Peterson) and sports (Olympic track star Wilma Rudolph).

The next time you enjoy; an 8-hour work day, a weekend, a paid holiday, paid vacation, sick leave, pension, employer contributions/401k, employer supported health insurance, or Social Security, a life-saving worker safety regulation, thank organized labor.

Labor Day is the Worker’s Day

 


Chadwick Boseman Dies at 43: Black Panther Actor Key Part of a Cultural Phenomenon

“It’s only a movie” was my thought, when I first heard the buzz about  Black Panther. An action hero movie set in a fictitious wonderful land hidden in the heart of Africa. It soon became a cultural phenomenon, people from 8 to 80 dressed in Wakanda inspired fashions, groups of young Black children flooded theaters to see a movie that centered around a Black world. A world that existed beneath the dense clouds and lush greenery to reveal an advance culture of Africans. And Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa was our King.  Black Panther managed to become the top grossing movie of the year and among the top-grossing movies of all time at 1.34 Billion.

As children growing up as African Americans, Black heroes were non-existent, the very idea of someone other than a white man being in that position was unheard of. Until a comic book character changed movie history. If Charlton Heston as Moses was the glue that held The Ten Commandments together, it’s impossible to imagine Black Panther without Chadwick Boseman’s, T’Challa. Seldom does a movie have the cultural impact that  Black Panther had, not just in America, but the world bought Black Panther tickets.

Word of his death at 43 of Colon Cancer hits like an anvil. No, this was not Avengers: Infinity War where supervillain Thanos, simply killed people by making them suddenly disappear. In the movie T’Challa is dissolved by Thanos leaving a hole in the heart of those wishing for a return of the African King in future films. Reportedly, a sequel was in the works and due to come out in 2022, with Boseman set to return.

Where’s the heart shaped herb? No, this was real life now, Black Panther was a movie, this is real, Chadwick Boseman is gone, but Wakanda is not. There’s a feeling of losing a King, our King.

With the depravity of leadership on the national level- African Americans embraced the culture, the achievement, the promise of this make-believe land that embodied the romanticized version of being free of racial domination and its accompanying oppression. Black Panther became culturally ground-breaking.

Black Panther: Original Motion Picture

Finally, “we” had gone from being the first person killed by an alien in every science fiction TV show and movie, to becoming a viable society, not without its own unique issues.  The Jabari representing some of the same internal struggles we have as a people, woven seamlessly through the plot.

For those looking for an action movie it was all there, special effects, interesting gadgets and developed characters beyond cartoons. For those political minded, the movie was full of metaphors ripe for interpretation. The combination created a rich tapestry of a society, an African society so relatable it became a movie to dress up for, Wakanda inspired clothing became an accessory.

In January 2018, for 134 minutes we were transported to a place that felt like home, in an uncompromising story about a land that would not have been possible without Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa, featured in a role, in a movie that resonated with so many people. Boseman’s, “T’Challa” character was introduced in 2016′s “Captain America: Civil War,” his “Wakanda forever” salute became a pop culture landmark.

Rest In Power – Chadwick Bosemen

Wakanda Forever!


If You Can’t Enforce the Rules: Shut it Down


This is not shouting fire in a crowded building; this is about COVID-19 a serious pandemic that has taken 204 lives of our neighbors and friends. At first, I assumed it was an off-campus party and university officials can’t “monitor” their students 24/7 they’re young adults. However, when you can see tents and the fuzzy backdrop of Syracuse University’s Quad, more questions are raised.

The Syracuse University Quad is one of the most camera covered areas on campus. As university officials state “The Department of Public Safety is reviewing security camera video from the Quad, and individuals that can be identified will be immediately referred to the student conduct process.” They are planning on “reviewing the video”, what happened when security learned there was a large gathering on campus? When was it learned and did the university do anything to shut down the party? This was in the center of campus, not some fringe fraternity somewhere on a side street.

SU Party on the Quad.Chris Hippensteel video

This action has placed a question mark as to whether Syracuse University can handle on-campus learning without become the source of an outbreak.  Students were well briefed prior to their arrival to Syracuse. Procedures were in place, if followed you would not be reading this.

This event occurred in heart of the university, teeming with activity during good weather, between classes, a site for outdoor concerts and a variety of gatherings.

Those of us living in Syracuse and Onondaga County have worked hard to reduce our COVID-19 rate of infection. With hundreds of Syracuse University students refusing to follow Onondaga County health Department and Syracuse University rules, we are now all at increased risk of community-wide spread due to irresponsible behavior.  That irresponsible behavior is not limited to Syracuse University Students. If You Can’t Enforce the Rules: Shut it Down

 


Distance Shmistance: Syracuse University Students are Having a Party


Syracuse University is back in session like all colleges and universities, time effort and expense went into creating an environment where classes could “safely” resume in person. Onondaga County has 3,578 confirmed cases with 204 deaths, families, friends and neighbors worked diligently to “bend the curve”. Aggressive testing ensued which enabled our region to open before others.

All educational institutions were required to have a plan to reopen for the Fall semester. All of the planning in the world was tossed to the wind, as Syracuse University students reportedly held a massive gathering defying Onondaga County’s Local orders that prohibit these parties.

“Party over here!”Chris Hippensteel video

Disturbing video by Chris Hippensteel on social media is gaining viewers. According to the Syracuse University student publication the Daily Orange  “At least 100 students, some without masks, are seen on video gathering in the university’s Quad, not social distancing. The videos come less than a week before the official start of classes on Monday.” Area residents were horrified by the sight of more than 100 students partying.

In Syracuse, our COVID-19 infection rate is 131.6 per 10,000 that’s the highest in the area. If students party and there’s a community spread it is the residents of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse who must to bear the burden of increased COVID-19 rates on campus, which then can result in a community-wide issue as students aren’t restricted to campus. Our communities are intertwined.

Late this morning Syracuse University issued a statement:

Dear Students:

Last night, a large group of first-year students selfishly jeopardized the very thing that so many of you claim to want from Syracuse University—that is, a chance at a residential college experience. I say this because the students who gathered on the Quad last night may have done damage enough to shut down campus, including residence halls and in-person learning, before the academic semester even begins.

Make no mistake, there was not a single student who gathered on the Quad last night who did not know and understand that it was wrong to do so. Instead, those students knowingly ignored New York State public health law and the provisions of the Syracuse University Stay Safe Pledge. Even more selfish and unsettling is how the actions of those students willfully undercut the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly over the summer to set the conditions for the continuation of residential learning. Even more selfish and unsettling is how the actions of those students may prevent our seniors from claiming their final year of college on our residential campus. Even more selfish and unsettling is how the actions of those students could force a situation where some of their classmates may have to vacate the most safe and stable and supportive living situation they have ever known.

SU Party on the Quad “full investigation”

A full investigation of last night’s incident is underway. The Department of Public Safety is reviewing security camera video from the Quad, and individuals that can be identified will be immediately referred to the student conduct process.

All this said, I want you to understand right now and very clearly that we have one shot to make this happen. The world is watching, and they expect you to fail. Prove them wrong. Be better. Be adults. Think of someone other than yourself. And also, do not test the resolve of this university to take swift action to prioritize the health and well-being of our campus and Central New York community.

Sincerely,

Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation

 


The “Crown” of Syracuse Taking Shape on Syracuse University Campus


The Carrier Dome seats 49,262 people and sits on the campus of Syracuse University. Since its construction in 1980, the Carrier dome changed the skyline of the city with its pillow topped roof. It is the largest building of its kind on a college campus. When constructed, it was ahead of other colleges and universities which quickly allowed Syracuse University to break attendance records for major sporting events. That was then, now sports fans and industry observers all agree, it’s time for a new arena.

For observers, the new dome meant upgrades to what had long bothered many attendees, lack of air conditioning in a building bearing the name Carrier.  Several plans were floated to replace the aging structure, one through Gov. Cuomo with over 400 million dollars received the endorsement of then Onondaga County Executive Joannie Mahoney. Dreams of a new facility were squashed when the deal was immediately rejected by then Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. Ideas for extending the university to Erie Boulevard along with an aggressive multi-tiered development plan for Syracuse were shredded. The relationship between the County Executive and Mayor became synonymous with a treat sold at Wendy’s, “Frosty”.

The University sought different options for the aged facility; eventually the Board of Trustees decided to invest in a massive makeover of the existing Carrier Dome, eliminating the iconic pillowtop opting for a structural solution.

Syracuse University the ambitious plan to transform the aged facility into a state-of-the-art arena has a price tag of $118 million dollars.

According to Pete Sala, VP and chief facilities officer, “The Carrier Dome Stadium Improvement Project will cost $118 million. Project includes new fixed roof (secured via the crown truss ring around the top of dome exterior), new vertically hung scoreboard, air conditioning, improved accessibility, improved Wi-Fi.  New restroom facilities (no trough) and new concession stands.”

Syracuse University creating a “New Stadium Experience” see Gallery and multiple links below 

Sala continues, “We are now in second phase of roof structure going up (first phase was crown truss, this phase involves the cables you saw in video and installation of the actual roof.  There will be a ‘rigid roof’ beneath a ‘fabric roof.’ The big arches you see will support the fabric portion of the roof.” (the middle of the roof you see in the artist rendering photo).

  • New restrooms are being installed right now, including new family restrooms. The air conditioning is moving along well and should be ready by fall.
  • Lighting is attached to the trusses-pre-aimed and pre-hung, so once they install these trusses lighting will be all set.  Same with the sound system-speakers assembled and wiring is in place. New sound in arena and in concourses.

The Scoreboard

In center of building, the scoreboard.  It’s the 3rd largest in the country, made by Daktronics.  Currently being built.

  • The project has 160-200 people working on construction, with 7-8 cranes being used now on site.
  • New seating installed in lower rim (capacity remains the same as the footprint of building does not change).

To get an idea of what’s going on “click” on any of the following links to get a birds-eye view of the massive construction site on University Hill.

The Hayner Hoyt Corporation Presents-A New Stadium Experience  The Hayner Hoyt Corporation Presents-A New Stadium Experience


“My Home” An Urban Parody from the The Wiz (the Movie)

When I think of Home
I think of place
Where they’re cats overflowing
Can’t wish I was home
Can’t wish I was back there
With the things I’m knowing
Growth to street the tall branch
Bend into leaning
Suddenly, the sewer that leaks
Has a meaning
Sprinklin’ the scene
It ain’t at all clean

Now there is no chance
For me to go back
Now that I see the deception
It sure would be nice
Not to be back home
Where there’s junk, missed collections
And just maybe I
Can convince time to speed up
Giving them enough time
In my ‘hood to clean up
Time, be my friend, let me start again

Gradually, my ‘hoods gone
And changed Its face
So I still know I’m going
I have watched this city spun around in race, new and good parts are growing
And if you’re listening god, please, Don’t make it hard
To know if we should believe the things that we see
Tell me, should I try to stay
Should I run away, or would it be Better just to let things be?

Living here in this blighted ‘hood
It’s not my fantasy
But it’s taught me – to own
So it’s real, real, real to me
And I’ve learned
That we must look outside our dreams
And find
A ‘hood full of  junk
Not yours, But mine
My Home

 

 

 


2020 US Census: To Syracuse It’s as Important as Voting in November’s Election


As an impoverished city, Syracuse stands to gain the most from full participation

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade

President Trump has decided to change the end date for the 2020 US Census, originally scheduled for October. The deadline has been shifted to September, cutting out a month of US Census themed activities designed to increase our level of participation.

We are at around 50% which means that if information is not provided by the population, the government will guess. Which means when funds are awarded, Syracuse NY census numbers will be based on an estimate rather than actual numbers. When this occurs, undercounted populations lose, minority, immigrant, and impoverished people are then undercounted. Congressional, legislative, and local districts are then redrawn to reflect the new number, which is now an estimate – missing thousands of residents, many in need of the vary services the census is conducted to quantify.

In the city of Syracuse’s weekly briefing Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens emphasized the importance of what these funds mean to the area, that point was reinforced by Common Council President Helen Hudson.

The following, information from the US Census, in a nutshell breaks down what we’re losing by not completing the survey:

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

This once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education

Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.

We couldn’t be in a more perilous time to conduct a census, it’s in the Constitution and it drives the nations policies for a decade. That’s why leaders, especially in cities across the country are practically begging people to participate. With time now reduced by a month, it’s even more important to complete the 2020 US Census.

When Washington DC’s deciding on policies that impact us all; there will be no march, nor movement that can change that formula. Remember food distribution involving blocks of government cheese? These surplus allotments were based on Census figures. How many poor reside in a Census tract? Where does wealth reside? This resource becomes a guide that impacts our lives for the next 10 years.

As an impoverished city, Syracuse stands to gain the most from full participation, not only will it indicate how many are in need of services, it will show patterns of poverty and tracks changes in the area’s income, both positive and negative.

Syracuse Surge Proposed by Mayor Walsh in 2019 State of the City.

The Census will capture the hundreds of people who have relocated downtown. The relocation caused by a concept that spread the university’s footprint; The Connective Corridor, became a catalyst for millions of dollars of investment from University Hill to downtown Syracuse. Those numbers need to be counted as these “communities-in-a-box” are expensive and could represent a slight increase of higher income people in Syracuse, a sign of an improving city. Business decisions are also made based on information derived from census data.

There’s so much at stake with the upcoming Census; a surprising reduction in ground efforts at a time when harder to reach populations are surveyed manually, an assault on the process to allow mail-in voting. (which occurs safely in several states already.) The Reduction in the number of polling places where African Americans vote, in too many cases it takes upwards of 5 hours in line, especially in the south.

If this isn’t a clarion call to action, nothing is.

2020 US Census – Complete your Census forms today “Click” here!

 


How Syracuse Can Increase Our Census Participation: ‘Each One Reach One’

This was conceptualized to increase our city’s level of participation in the US Census. It was recently announced the effort scheduled to end in October had its deadline changed to September, a 30 day reduction in data collection time. That almost guarantees a massive under-count of populations in cities across the country, especially Syracuse. This doesn’t have to be the case. If each person reading this column; calls, emails, tweets or texts at least one person within the next 2 weeks, with a simple message, “have you completed your 2020 Census form yet?”

Corny, yes. But we must use any legal means necessary to accurately count our population. As a community that receives major allotments based on our levels of concentrated poverty, we need to make sure the count accurately reflects the snapshot of Syracuse.  The good, the bad and the not so good, document it.

It’s summed up on the US Census website:

Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education

Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.

Review the aforementioned “Census results affect…” you’ll realize, not one city resident is left untouched by investments made by the Federal Government into our city.

Therefore, try it. Contact someone and ask, “have you completed the 2020 Census?” The form came in the mail, if you can’t locate the official mail-in documents, go online to complete your Census forms. The life of our neighborhoods and the continued improvements in our city depends on it.

Each One – Reach One, let’s try it.

2020 US Census – Complete your Census forms today “Click” here!

Busy Weekend for Syracuse Police: If Overall Crime Rate is Down Why Does It Feel Like a Crime Wave?


Calls to Police involving guns, stabbings and shots fired have become a common scenario, in Syracuse this summer, within a one-hour period on July 26th , between 11:08 pm and 12:09 am violence calls spiked, as there were 3 responses by police, 1 death and 1 in critical condition. Earlier in the evening 9:00 PM, another incident occurred on the 100 block of Martin Luther King W., a location where casings were found, later a 30-year-old victim arrived at Upstate Hospital. Since New York State reopened there has been what appears to be a rash of violence within the city of Syracuse. Stabbings, shootings and shots fired are occurring again, after a respite, at times in rapid succession.

Violence up in Major Cities Across the Country

Violence has been occurring at an alarming rate in cities throughout the country. According to a July 6th story in the Washington Post, Major U.S. cities, gripped with crisis, now face spike in deadly shootings, including of children “Tragedies struck in urban centers thousands of miles apart, with 65 people shot over the weekend in New York and 87 in Chicago, and homicides climbing from Miami to Milwaukee.” An 8-year-old child killed over a holiday weekend when a bullet hit her mother’s car, as people were celebrating on July 4th ; an 11 year-old shot at an anti-violence cookout in Washington D.C. In Chicago, it was a 7-year-old girl outside of her home, shot and killed.

Not to be left out, Syracuse, NY had a mass shooting at a party on the Near Westside where 9 were shot, resulting in 1 death and multiple arrests. And since June 20th there have been stabbings, shootings and shots fired on a regular basis. In Syracuse, it’s beginning to appear as though a day without violence, is like a day without sunshine, these are clouds that routinely cast a pall over our land.

Are We Going Through a Crime Wave?

Crime Statistics- Community Briefing Syracuse July 24 2020

Given that perception being everything at times, Syracuse would appear to be going through a crime wave. However, the numbers tell a different story.

Syracuse city officials are aware of the perception as they told the public in their weekly address. Mayor Ben Walsh admits we’re challenged on both violent and property crime, according to Walsh, “for violent crime, it’s aggravated assaults those are the ones that get the headlines which understandably make people feel less safe, there’s a perception that crime is going up when overall it is going down.  So, we’re going to keep continue to keep an eye on that, especially the aggravated assaults.  On the property crime side, burglaries a big problem, 36% increase in burglaries. We want to be upfront and focused on those numbers that are high; but we also, tell the full story, the overall figures are down.” The Mayor had charts and graphs to back his claims of an overall reduction in crime.

Even with statistical information (receipts) verifying a reduction in overall crime, it doesn’t stop the anguish felt by those residing within these neighborhoods. Clifford Ryan and OG’s Against Violence has been on the front lines “in the streets” as documented in many cases, preventing violence by direct engagement.

Syracuse Common Council President Helen Hudson said, “We have a problem in the community with mental health, there are many out there who are not being treated that require attention. On top of everything else we’re dealing with.”

E. Brian Eure, Vice President Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance at City Hall.

The clergy through the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and other religious based coalitions are planning events, According to E. Brian Eure, Vice President Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance in a statement said, “Syracuse Clergy, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), InterFaith Works, & Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) are laying a foundation for change.”

The group met Friday on the steps of Syracuse City Hall, Eure says “we are going into the community with events, such as food drives”. It was clear from his statement, there are ongoing efforts by clergy to reach a population challenged by both COVID-19 and cascading reports of inner-city violence.

The following are just a sample of what has occurred in Syracuse over a 3-hour period. This cycle is beginning to repeat itself, as multiple crimes are occurring within short periods of time.

What Happened Over the Weekend?

The following reports are generated by the Syracuse Police Department, this is an example of a given period in the day of the Syracuse Police Department. This is not isolated as there are days where the department is moving in several directions at once, responding to incidents that happen to occur at times within minutes of each other. The following represents the 3-hour period between Sunday 9 PM through 12:09 AM Monday morning.

Shots Fired Call on Martin Luther King W.

On Sunday, July 26th, 2020, at around 9:00 P.M., Officers responded to the 100 block of Martin Luther King W. for a shooting with injuries type call. Upon arrival, Officers discovered evidence of shots fired, and several casings were located. A short time later, a 30-year-old male victim arrived at Upstate Hospital with a gunshot wound to the midsection. The victim is expected to survive. Anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or by using our Syracuse PD tips app.

Shooting on Oswego St. Victim in Critical Condition

​On Sunday, July 26th, 2020, at around 11:08 P.M., Officers responded to the 700 block of Oswego St. for a shooting with injuries type call. Upon arrival, Officers discovered evidence of shots fired, and several casings were located. Officers also found a 27-year-old male victim, who was shot in the head. The male was transported to Upstate Hospital in critical condition.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or by using our Syracuse PD tips app.

Shooting Victim Dies at Upstate Location of Incident Unknown

​On Sunday, July 26th, 2020, at around 11:47 P.M., Officers responded to Upstate Hospital for a shooting with injuries investigation call. A male victim, 42-years-old, was dropped off at the hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to the midsection. The male was later pronounced dead. Limited information on the incident location at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or by using our Syracuse PD tips app.

Shots Fired Reported on Berger Ave.

On Monday, July 27th, 2020, at around 12:09 A.M., Officers responded to the 100 block of Berger Ave. for a shots fired type call. Upon arrival, Officers located evidence of a shots fired, and a residence was struck. There were no injuries reported. Anyone with information is asked to call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or by using our Syracuse PD tips app.

Local leaders are flummoxed; there are no easy solutions to gun violence. Perhaps a glimmer of hope comes from the movement to Defund the Police, which is really about allocation of resources where they are needed. Defund the Police is simply saying, place money in areas to prevent crime which is a socio-economic issue properly fund those programs that prevent violence. Period.

Defund the Police?

There will always be a police Department, however how they operate moving forward is coming under increased scrutiny. Look for sweeping changes, as state and local law enforcement seek to contain the onslaught of public concern dealing with citizen police relations. Based on the public outcry, legislative measures will be introduced at the local, State and Federal levels in an attempt to address Community-Police Relations. Perhaps they can solve this bewildering question; specifically, why so many African -American men end up dead, after encounters with Police?