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The Early Word: Tish James Slams 'Racist' Facebook Posts

Tension between some residents and police ramps up as this year's West Indian Parade draws closer.

1. Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, expressed outrage over Facebook posts made by members of the New York Police Department calling participants of the West Indian Day Parade "savages," "animals" and "filth." Over the weekend, NYPD disciplined 17 officers for the offensive comments—however, none of their names have been released. Meanwhile, a video uploaded Saturday via YouTube purports to show police and residents of Fort Greene Houses in a tense confrontation, with what appears to be two loud explosions in the background.

2. The "" series continues with performance artist Felicia Ballos making an appearance at this up-and-coming venue. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

3. , a weekly stand up comedy show, adds comedy's rising stars to a surprising mix of established players—with hilarious results. Brooklyn Moon, 745 Fulton St. 8 p.m. Free.

4. returns to one of Fort Greene's largest backyard restaurant gardens. Kif, 219 Dekalb Ave. 8 p.m. Free.

5. Alternate side parking rules are in effect.

Andrew Schmitt August 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM
the cops are right
Corey August 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
What precipitated this "tense confrontation?" How about some investigative reporting?
Joe Gonzalez August 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Congratulations to City Councilmember Tish James for standing up to voice concern over the disciplining of cops for errant behavior following last year's Labor Day parade on Eastern parkway. There are two other questions remaining, One, how come other Green hill area electeds didnt stand up with Tish James? Two, why didnt NYPD release the names and sanctions imposed on the errant police officers? Sunshine is the best disinfection. Private citizen accused of wrongdoing has their name and photo on the frontpages, their life story splashed on the news and they are subject to public humiliation based on an alleagtion. Cops even after being found guilty--still are allowed to elude exposure. That must change. Release their names. A little public humiliation might frighten some from doing wrong.

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