NYC Woman Shot Dead After Reportedly Taking Borough Leader’s Advice To Settle Disputes Without Police

Eric Scheiner | July 22, 2020
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A Brooklyn woman who was shot dead after confronting people shooting off illegal fireworks, was reportedly following the advice of the Borough President to settle disputes without calling 911.

The New York Post Reports:

Shatavia Walls, 33, was blasted eight times in an East New York public housing complex on July 7, simply for asking the fiends to take their dangerous display away from a group of playing kids — exactly how (Borough President Eric) Adams had urged constituents to act in the face of the pyrotechnic plague.

'She watched the news. Yes, she heard it,' Helen Testagros, Walls’ heartbroken mother, told The Post on Sunday, referring to Adams’ advice. 'It was probably in the back of her mind.'



On June 21 Borough President Eric Adams urged residents to talk to their neighbors about fireworks detonations rather than call the authorities and risk a “heavy-handed” police response.

Testagros disagrees, telling the Post, “It’s not a good idea. You don’t know who you are approaching,” she said. “These kids are not respectful anymore. … They’re more ruthless.”