Mayor Robert Jackson and City Manager Marc Dashield spoke with Baristanet this morning in the wake of last night’s shootings on Mission Street.
The Council of the Township of Montclair will convene an emergency session this evening, August 6, at 6:30 p.m, in the Municipal Building at 205 Claremont Avenue.
What do you want to say to the people of Montclair regarding the shootings?
After this string of events, it’s almost impossible to feel comfortable, but there will be a notable change in the paradigm, in terms of how we approach this street. The street crimes unit is effective in many ways, but we obviously need to step up our game.
Are any of the three shootings this summer in Montclair related?
The second and third shootings are related, not the first as far as we know. At least one of the victims in last night’s shooting was also involved in the shooting several weeks ago nearby on Elmwood.
Do any of the shooting appear to involve gangs?
Town Manager Dashield:
The police are still investigating, we’re not going to speculate. The bottom line is that people want to feel safe. We’ll discuss the alternatives tonight and layout a plan.
Some residents are suggesting the police set-up a substation near Mission Street, perhaps revive the substation that used to exist on Lackawanna Plaza. Any plans to do so?
A police substation on Lackawanna Plaza won’t help this. It requires a different approach. The police are working on it as we speak. Changes are going to happen on this street, but we can’t discuss it all with you.
Can you tell us more about the street crimes unit?
The street crimes unit is out here. They walk up and down the street all the time. You might not even know they’re police.
We’ve walked this neighborhood with them. They seem to know everyone. They’ve picked-up a lot of information that’s led to several arrests.
But it’s like terrorism. You can prevent a lot of things, but one time something gets through and you have to deal with it. The street crimes unit has thwarted a lot of crime, not just thefts, but violent crime.
This is certainly not comfortable or typical for Montclair. As a lifelong resident, I’ve seen a lot, but this is beyond the pale. We’re so far beyond platitudes and clichéd outrage. Now is the time to shut-up and get it done.