“If you’re not involved in one of these things, you should be OK,” he said. “But if you see something, let the police know. When people work with police, we see positive results.”
But private violence has a way of spilling over into public spaces sometimes.
For example, to shoot and kill 49-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy Wednesday, Kenneth Knight pulled her off a Citilink bus in front of horrified bus passengers and nearby schoolchildren. And after that, he held a 3-year-old hostage for hours before police shot and killed him.
The mayor is right about citizen involvement, though. In two of the cases this week, tips from the public quickly led to suspects. That’s one of the reasons that of the nine city homicides this year so far, six have been solved and there are suspects in two others.
The violence this week may strengthen the administration’s resolve to use part of a planned income tax increase to beef up the police force. The Police Department is 21 officers below the 440 authorized, and more retirements are expected this year.