Merrick residents seek more police presence as teens continue to terrorize neighborhood

Police told News 12 in a statement, "The Nassau County Police Department continues to intensify our patrols around all areas of concern and we urge residents and business owners to call the police immediately if they see anything suspicious or criminal activity."

Joe Arena

May 9, 2023, 2:33 AM

Updated 380 days ago

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A group of teenagers are accused of using racial slurs in a Nassau County community. Employees in Merrick say those teenagers are the same group wreaking havoc on businesses and residential areas.
Nassau County police told News 12 they would be stepping up patrols and reviewing surveillance video to make an arrest. Less than a day after police said that the teenagers are accused of going back to a nearby CVS and causing more damage.
"I don't know if the police are specifically doing anything," says Alex Melian, of Island Empanada. "I have not seen it with my own eyes."
An employee at one of the businesses says some of the teenagers are using racial slurs and shouting derogatory comments to elderly people and Girl Scouts.
Police told News 12 in a statement, "The Nassau County Police Department continues to intensify our patrols around all areas of concern and we urge residents and business owners to call the police immediately if they see anything suspicious or criminal activity."
One business in the area told News 12 that they had called the police, but they never showed up.
Merrick resident Vicki Papadopoulos says even if police do show up, she has little faith in anything getting done about the issue.
"I'm not going to be surprised if nothing really happens and there are no major consequences," Papadopoulos says. "Are they capable of doing the job? Absolutely. Are the consequences going to be worth anything? I do not believe that - that's just reality."
News 12 also reached out to the Nassau County director of communications and is still waiting to hear back.


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