By Richard Ivory
So today was the start of Harlem's African American Parade here in New York City and I along with a few friends came out to join the festivities. The 39th Annual African American Day Parade.
THE 39th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE
(Largest Black Parade In America ) 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. To 142nd Street
Governor David Paterson *David Dinkins * Rev. Al Sharpton *Dr. Adelaide Sanford Congressman Charles Rangel * Comptroller William Thompson* Lillian Roberts
The parade is an annual event that starts at 110th and runs to 142th street and according to NY 1 Governor Patterson will be marching in the parade ...The entire event started around 1pm and was amazing I will be providing pictures from the event tomorrow.Of course the event was fun and exciting but that was until the shootimg occured and folks started
*Harlem Shooting & The Media Black Out*
As I am typing, all of Harlem is in fear the time is around 9pm and there are shots all over the Harlem. On 127th near and St. Nicholas, a young light skinned black male in his 30's or early 40's was shot and possibly an officer. I am not sure how accurate the information is regarding the cop death is but I do know that there is no mention if this on NY media. Usually the media is quick on reporting this stuff but there is a dead silence where is NY1? caught the tell end of this criminal act and witnessed the guy laying on the street with blood flowing from his chest.
I actually stood within feet of the person who had just been shot. There were about nine cops surrounding the person trying to make sure he was okay until the ambulance came. A few of the neighbors from the local projects buildings wondered as did I why the ambulance was taking so long. A few lamented that the cops might get a little trigger happy because of what occurred. About 20 minutes into the police helping this guy into the ambulance more shots rang out. I guess out of a sense of "self preservation" I and others ran to protect ourselves as we watched cops run down to the street that the shots were being fired. Sitting there watching him I asked the cops if he world make it? I was told that while he was shot in the chest it was not his heart .I am being told from sources on the ground that this occurred last year and was the result of gang retaliation. I am also hearing that there may have been an officer shot but I am not being told.
~This is Richard folks reporting for HipHopRepublican.com from the a war zone in Harlem not Fallujah. I will be posting pictures tomorrow of the festival...for now this link has more .The Gothamist has a great article about the recent spike in shootings in Harlem.