Community leaders look for ways to reduce violence around West Indian Day Parade

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Community leaders are taking a closer look at safety measures when it comes to the West Indian Day Parade.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams believes the overnight J'ouvert Festival could be the main source of the trouble and is now looking for alternatives.

"J'ouvert is a different celebration than the parade and we are calling an emergency meeting to see what we can do to stop the violence during J'ouvert," said Adams.

The gun violence this year started overnight. One of Governor Cuomo's attorney's Carey Gabay was shot in the head.

But the violence did not stop there.

There was at least one other shooting nearby as well as a stabbing.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton also wants to see changes made but isn't sure if the community will approve.

"If you think this community will stop the celebration you are out of your mind," said Bratton. "It's been our most violent event every year."

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said fixing the gun violence surrounding the West Indian Day Parade is simple.

"Get the guns off the streets four to five nights before and it could stop what happened," Giuliani said.

Adams plans on meeting with the NYPD and community leaders to come up with ways to make parade safe.