Mastic residents cry out for more police presence

Residents of Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley were out in force Saturday to rally for an end to the violence that has plagued their community recently.Protesters say the sight of crime-scene tape is becoming

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2007, 10:10 PM

Updated 6,201 days ago

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Residents of Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley were out in force Saturday to rally for an end to the violence that has plagued their community recently.Protesters say the sight of crime-scene tape is becoming all too common in the neighborhood. Friday, a 21-year-old Dasheen Midgette was stabbed to death during a fight at Linsa Torr's Place, a bar on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach. Police are still looking for the killer.
Residents say part of the solution lies in more police presence at certain times during the day and especially at night. They are calling for a police sub-station to be placed in the town building.
Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer says the department would rather put the cops on the street. The commissioner says foot patrol has been stepped up in the neighborhood and an officer is assigned to the area outside the bar until midnight each night.
Residents say they will continue to fight for what they believe is the way to solve a growing and dangerous problem.


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