Mayor de Blasio says bail reform is a problem. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says bail reform is a problem. However, at COMET's February meeting, when Capt. Michael Gibbs (right), Commanding Officer of the 108 Pct (former Executive Officer of the 104th Pct), said bail reform is a problem and that attendees should contact their state representatives to fix it, Sebastian Maguire, legislative director for Council Member Danny Dromm, took great umbrage with it, claiming that NYPD personnel are not allowed to "lobby while in uniform." The fact that Gibbs simply reiterated the position of his superiors, as well as our governor, was apparently lost on Maguire. He sent his hot tip, along with the private phone numbers of meeting attendees (without their consent), to the anti-cop blog Gothamist which did a pretty unsuccessful hit piece on Gibbs for basically being honest. A formal complaint against Gibbs, who also happens to be a distinguished Air Force veteran, was also filed. JPCA supports Captain Gibbs and thinks taxpayer funded City Council staffers should find better things to do with their time than attempt to stifle speech that they don't agree with.
Originally published in the March 2020 Juniper Berry Magazine
Things That Are Dumb: He doth protest too much, wethinks
Capt. Michael Gibbs addresses JPCA. Photo courtesy of NYPD.
March 2020 Table of Contents
- Yesterday & Today: 69th Place looking south at Grand Avenue, 1920
- La Bella Torte caters to Vietnam Veterans
- Berry Bits: Cooper Ave shelter opens unexpectedlty
- Berry Bits: Amazon will rent out the Metro Mall
- Berry Bits: Three groups sue to stop Manhattan, Bronx and Queens jails
- Berry Bits: Another option for American flag disposal
- Berry Bits: Long anticipated mall opening soon at Metro Mall
- Berry Bits: Property tax overhaul in the works
- Berry Bits: Early voting for Queens BP special election
- A Message from the President 3-2020
- Remembering Our Unsung Heroes From The Vietnam War
- Historic Marker Dedicated to DeWitt Clinton Home Installed in Maspeth
- MA KIN: You Don't Need to Fly to Thailand for Authentic Thai Food
- Plans for Tony's Pizza to return to Metropolitan Avenue
- Centerfold photos: Richard Murillo
- JC Landscaping and Design
- 104th Precinct Report 3-2020
- Protecting Our Waterways
- Who's Running For Queens Borough President?
- Friends of the Maspeth Library
- In Honor of Those Who Fell in Vietnam
- Berry Book Review: The Woman in the Window
- Berry Game Review: No Man's Sky
- Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers
- Ricco's Recipes 3-2020
- Neighborhood Hall of Shame 3-2020
- Bells: A Campanology Poem
- Things That Are Dumb: Three violent incidents in Maspeth parking lot
- Things That Are Dumb: Headed in the wrong direction
- Things That Are Dumb: Majority of City Council wants to give noncitizens the right to vote
- Things That Are Dumb: De Blasio wants to pack 'em in
- Things That Are Dumb: Bedbug shuts down subway during rush hour
- Things That Are Dumb: The never-ending CSX mess
- History of the DeWitt Clinton House
- A brief history of Berger Industries
- Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement
- The Monument Men of Middle Village
- Things That Are Dumb: He doth protest too much, wethinks
- Letters to the Editor 3-2020
- Juniper Valley Area ‒ The New Transportation Desert!
- Straight, Square and Smooth
- This was supposed to be an obituary
- Thanks to our Holiday Party & Raffle Donors!
- The Musical Legacy of Maspeth's Firth Family
- The absurdity of New York's bail reform
- How You Can Help END Puppy Mills
- New York's Plastic Bag Ban
- She Loves Me. She Loves Me Not.
- Killy's Korner 3-2020
- Memories of PS102
The Juniper Berry magazine, first published in 1938 is an all-volunteer effort containing articles on crime prevention, neighborhood issues, meeting reports and notices, neighborhood history and photographs, guest articles, editorials and more.
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