Archive for July 28th, 2005

28th July

First Published in The New York Sun, July 28, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

When Fernando was mayor, things were really bad.

How bad? It certainly wasn’t a good thing when two competing New York City police departments fought each other in the streets. A squad of 50 members of one of the two departments was dispatched to City Hall to arrest the mayor, only to meet up with 300 members of the other police force, there to protect the mayor from his attackers.

With the two police forces engaged in open warfare, the criminal element took full advantage of the lack of authority. New York’s legendary gangs fought using guns, knives, and clubs in what has been described as a “desperate free-for-all” that often had ugly ethnic overtones. (more…)