BROOKLYN — New York City officials do not want a repeat of the violence at the 2015 J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are expected to hold a press conference late Wednesday morning to discuss security measures for the annual overnight street party leading up to the West Indian Day Parade.
The city already announced it’s planning to double the amount of police officers patrolling the event celebrating Caribbean culture.
Last year, an aide to Gov. Cuomo, Carey Gabay, was caught in gang cross fire. He died of his injuries. Another man was stabbed to death at Grand Army Plaza.
Last week, police posted a flier in surrounding neighborhoods telling people not to shoot or stab anyone during J’Ouvert. It offended some, but the city said it will not tolerate the violence at what should be a joyful celebration leading up to the West Indian Day Parade.
In addition to an increased police presence, 200 light towers will be installed.
J’Ouvert officially kicks off at Grand Army Plaza at 4am on Labor Day. But people usually begin partying earlier in the morning.