- Last Updated: 2:40 PM, July 20, 2012
- Posted: July 20, 2012
The cops needed pepper spray this week to break up a scuffle at Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool, and in an assault last week, one girl suffered a broken nose -- the latest in a series of violent incidents there that, happily, have produced no serious injuries.
So far, no guns have appeared at the pool, either — though odds are that will change soon enough.
But the continuing turmoil hasn’t earned a discernible word of disapproval from the borough’s elected leaders — who appear willing to let things escalate, unremarked upon, until somebody does get shot.
This is significant, though not surprising, and it speaks directly to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s complaint last week concerning community leadership in the effort to control illegal guns.
To wit, there ain’t none.
Or none to speak of, anyway.
Kelly took a lot of heat for stating the obvious: Folks who criticize NYPD anti-gun initiatives, especially stop-and-frisk, don’t have much to say when it comes to the actual perpetrators of gun violence.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams falls into that category.
He’s from Brooklyn, heads a City Council task force studying violence and is both a voluble critic of the NYPD and quick as a wink with a press release.
But Williams has been mute about McCarren’s troubles — so we asked.
First came the pro forma genuflection to convention: “While the few people who act out need to be held accountable for their actions” — followed by what’s really on the councilman’s mind.
“We must also hold government accountable for the limited positive outlets for youth. We need more youth centers, safe outdoor spaces and, yes, pools.”
Gee, government just can’t win with folks like Williams.
Too much of it — i.e., stop-and-frisk — is bad. But not enough of it — i.e., a swimming-pool deficit — is bad, too.
What a quaint notion.
But if one pool draws thugs, won’t two attract twice as many?
And how many pools must be built before people begin to behave themselves?
Williams couldn’t say yesterday.
Presumably a lot, though.
Guess what: That won’t work, either.
The councilman is far from the only official in New York who defines “leadership” as the dispensing of baksheesh.
But sometimes more is required.
Williams could set an example.Follow @NYPostOpinion