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New York, New Jersey plagued by looting and violence post-Hurricane Sandy

Washington, Thu, 01 Nov 2012 ANI

Washington, Nov. 1 (ANI): Rampant looting and violence have been reported in New York and New Jersey after the devastating Hurricane Sandy ravaged the US cities.

Looters have rifled through the remains of vulnerable shops in New York and New Jersey. Thieves ransacked the Mega Aid Pharmacy in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, and took away more than 10,000 pharmaceutical items.

"The water went away and these people started walking down the streets and just robbed stores," a frustrated worker at the pharmacy, said.

"I don't even know what it's going to take until we're operational," the pharmacy's manager, 27-year-old Stan Gutkin said, adding: "This breaks the business. I don't even know where to start."

According to the Huffington Post, locals said that the police presence in the neighborhood came after looters stole from banks, pharmacies and other shops with valuables.

It's a crime that can almost be expected after a disaster. As Hurricane Irene pummeled the Atlantic Coast last year, looting was so prevalent that truTV put together a security footage slideshow of the crime.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was plagued with looting and violent attacks.

Though several officers could not say definitively whether there had been reports of looting or other crimes in the area, many were quick to tell onlookers to go home.

"It's getting dark, and it's real dangerous out here-that's why there's a cop on every block," one NYPD officer told HuffPost Crime, adding: "You could get your stuff stolen."

Two women threw haymakers at one another as residents-all still without power-stared and yelled from their windows.

Other people threw unidentified objects from their windows at officers, who swarmed in to break up the fistfight.

Dena Wells, 39, a resident of Ocean Towers, had had enough after watching the melee.

"People are turning on each other-they're attacking each other," she said, shaking her head, adding: "Even when there's no disaster, this building is disastrous. But after the hurricane, it just got crazy. (ANI)

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Chris Aspinall

November 3, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Where are the numbers justifying this?

10,000 pharmacy items? That's 10 bottles of 1000 aspirin tables ... a PLAGUE? Do the math? The thieves could have taken suppositories, sanitary towels, condoms, Vaseline, laxatives .... Where are the low down bum references in the headline? What is the value of these 10,000 items, wholesale and resale?

Whoever wrote this does journalism a disservice.

According to AP 15 people have been arrested in Queens since Monday for looting ... from a population of several million.

This report alone represents everything that is wrong with so-called "news" reporting online.

Get real please before you do more social and journalistic damage.



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