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Down by Newtown Creek   Leave a comment

I am back with a little story, nothing heavy today. But before I get into the story I would like to say my wife Nancy is healing pretty well from her new hip. I told not to say I never get her anything new anymore. She should graduate from walker to cane in a few days which isn’t too bad since she had the operation less than a week ago.

Anyway back to the story. Back in the 70’s the 83 ran north of Flushing Avenue all the way to Maspeth Avenue. This little story may or may not have occurred in that area.  It is a very abridged version of a story in the sequel to “A Year in Bushwick”. I call this version Down by Newtown Creek.

Down by Newtown Creek

Gerry and Bob were working a twelve to eight tour. It was a quiet midnight tour. Sunday going into Monday was often quiet down in Sector George, the factory and warehouse area at the north of the precinct.

Just after 0100 Central called with a recorded burglar alarm down by Newtown Creek. The partners responded there all the time, almost always a false alarm. The building took up a whole block and was over a hundred years old. Five or six times a month when the wind blew the windows would shake setting off the alarm. If there was an actual break it was always through the roof. So as soon as they arrived on the scene it was straight to the roof. They walked the whole roof there were no breaks. When the partners finished checking the roof they were on the opposite corner of the building from their car.

Gerry said, “This is all bullshit. Now we have to walk around this whole damn place checking for breaks.”

Bob shook his head, “Screw that, look we both know it’s a shit call. The wind is shaking the damn windows again. I’ll find a place to climb down on this street. You go to the corner and find a place on that street. I’ll go left you go right and we meet at the car. If we find a break we can give a yell over the radio. If not we can get the hell out of here.”

“Sounds good to me, meet you at the car.”

Gerry climbed down to the street and started walking checking each door and window as he went by. He had gone about forty feet when he heard a high pitched bloodcurdling scream from Bob around the corner followed by several shots. Drawing his gun Gerry ran for his partner.

As Gerry turned the corner he saw why Bob screamed. The street was covered with rats. Not just rats but tens of thousands of rats. It looked like a dirty gray brown carpet and to Gerry it felt like the skittering, squeaking, squealing, slithering swarm was coming right at him. Bob ran by him screaming then it was Gerry’s turn to scream like a twelve year old girl. Gerry turned and ran screaming behind Bob.

See, Bob had climbed down with his back to the street and dropped the last six feet. When he hit the ground something moved under his feet and he fell backwards. He landed flat on his back but not on the street. He landed on rats. He had rats under him, rats on top of him, rats all around him. That is when he screamed and shot a few. His sudden appearance yelling and shooting panicked the rats and they ran in all directions. Bob managed to get to his feet and run that is when he flew past Gerry who was also screaming at the time.

Once back in the car the two cops agreed to never tell anyone how they were chased screaming to their car by rats. They also agreed that they would get revenge.

They stopped back at the precinct to get what they needed from their lockers. They bided their time until things quieted down. At three thirty they decided the time had come. The partners quietly made their way to the spot they had chosen. It had pallets stacked on the side of a building on the rat infested street. Gerry opened his case and laid his equipment out on a pallet.

Gerry put down a .25 Berretta and a Walther PPK a .380, smiling at Bob he said, “These should do the job.”

Bob just shook his head and said, “These will do the job.” He opened his case and pulled out a Ruger Super Black Hawk .44 Magnum and a .45-70 revolver.

Gerry said, “Bob are you insane. We’re going for rats. Those things are for grizzlies.”

Bob smiled, “I don’t want to wound any.”

It was now time for Operation Ratfuck to begin. Gerry opened up on the rats. He started with his .25. It had a short barrel but accuracy wasn’t really necessary. There were so many rats in front of them it would be impossible to miss hitting one if you fired in the general direction. Each shot he fired dropped a couple of rats.

Gerry said to Bob, “See the twenty five is all you need.” just as Bob fired the 45-70. Rats flew in all directions several of them torn in half.

The two opened up when the rats started moving. As each emptied a gun they would just drop it and start shooting with the next. In less than ten seconds all guns were empty. The street was now clear of living rats. In the area Gerry was firing there were over two dozen dead rats. Where Bob fired there were only pieces. Lots and lots of pieces.

Within minutes the first calls came from Central of shots fired at their location. Gerry answered the call, “83 George enroute.”

The two cops threw the guns into their gym bags and tossed the bags into the trunk of the car. They could hear sector cars closing in on them as they gave the disposition back.

“83 George to Central, Have the responding units slow down. It looks like the shooters are gone on arrival. They were apparently shooting rats. There are dead rats all over the street.”

Sgt. Capp arrived on the scene, “Did you two see anything?”

“No, Sarge.”

“I guess you didn’t hear anything either?”

“Not a thing Sarge.”

“Okay, leave the rats for sanitation to take care of. You two go wash the gun powder off your hands.

“Yes, sir will do.”

So ended the great rat safari.  Bob and Gerry got their revenge and felt a bit less embarrassed about screaming like little girls earlier.

The next night at the change of tours Wild Eyes Willie from the four by twelve stopped Gerry, “Hey Gerry, The Buzzard and I went to where you had the rat shooters last night. To see if we could find anything.”

Gerry said, “Did you?”

“Yeah, we were just getting ready to leave when I spotted something in the water. We found a floater. He was shot in the head.”

Gerry just looked at him for a second and felt a little dizzy. Thinking a stray shot had hit someone. The area should have been deserted at that time. After a few seconds he managed to say, “Do they think he was killed last night?”  As visions of prison danced in his head.

“No, the ME said he had been in the creek for four or five days. It looks like a mob hit and dump.”

Gerry said, “I better go get changed before I’m late for roll call.”

Gerry ran up to the third floor stopping at the men’s room to throw up before going to his locker. Bob was changing in the locker next to him.

When he saw Gerry he said, “Damn, are you sick? You look like shit.”

Gerry answered, “I’ll explain in the car.”

Posted May 29, 2017 by kevingcox in Random Thoughts

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The release of Oscar López Rivera   Leave a comment

I keep hoping that I will be able to go back to silly little stories soon but I had to do this one today. I am going to be presenting a severely abridged version of a story from the new book I am more than halfway done with tonight at the Inspired Mic. I will post it here in the next few days.

Today I am writing about the release of Oscar López Rivera. This piece of shit was a leader of the F.A.L.N. in the 70’s and early 80’s. The F.A.L.N. was a terrorist organization that planted bombs killing and maiming people throughout the United States although their primary targets were in New York and Chicago. They admitted to at least seventy bombings. They claimed to be fighting for the people of Puerto Rico to free the island of its colonial oppressors. There was a referendum in Puerto Rico and those wishing independence amounted to six percent of the population. The F.A.L.N. were not fighting for the people, they were fighting to form a Cuban style dictatorship.

Oscar López Rivera had been offered release from prison by Pres. Clinton but he had to renounce violence and terrorism. He refused and the offer was withdrawn. His sentence was commuted by Pres. Obama despite the fact that he still refused to renounce violence. So this terrorist murdering bomber has now been released to again make bombs that kill and maim American civilians.

Are the citizens of New York enraged by this in this age of terrorism? No, he will be honored at the Puerto Rican Day Parade as a “National Freedom Hero”. The Mayor of New York the stated that he will be at the parade honoring Rivera. This was no surprise as Bill DeBlasio has always also always been a big fan of Castro and the killings and maiming of a few cops is really not anything he would disapprove of. City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has said that she believes Rivera was wrongfully convicted despite the fact that River himself has never denied anything. He instead claimed he was an enemy combatant and his enemy was the United States.

I have some personal feelings about this release. On December 3, 1982 I was in Police Headquarters assigned to P.D.T.U. otherwise known as the wagon board. I had run down to the lunch wagon to grab a bite. I was stopped at the security desk on my way back when there was a loud blast behind me and I was slammed into the desk. I turned and it looked like a steam pipe had burst. It was a second or two before I realized it was glass pulverized by the explosion. I drew my gun and ran out the hole in the wall checking to make sure the bombers were not there. To get outside I had to step passed the severely injured Police Officer Rocco Pascarella. At the time I didn’t know if Officer Pascarella was alive or dead. There was no one there when I got outside. The bombers had not stayed to see the results of their cowardly act. I returned and stayed with Officer Pascarella until help arrived.

As a result of the bombing I had a large bruise on my right thigh and have tinnitus in my left ear. I am also unable to distinguish voices over the phone. These are minor inconveniences Officer Pascarella lost part of his leg. On that same night Detectives Pastorella and Tony Senft were severely injured in another blast. I went home that day with my coat covered in Officer Pascarella’s blood.

It isn’t right that not only has one of the prime terrorists responsible has been released. This year’s Puerto Rican is being held in his honor.  He also is being honored by the Mayor of New York and the City Council Speaker as a hero. There is no parade for those injured cops and the cop hating Mayor and City Council Speaker aren’t calling them heroes.                                                             

Marion Harmon, A Writer in Vegas.

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