Story courtesy of the NY DAILY NEWS
Mexican-born cops are headed to Staten Island to help ease fears after a spike in bias attacks against Hispanics.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly beefed up police presence in Port Richmond after an explosion of racially charged attacks against Mexicans since April.
As part of that surge, eight cops have been temporarily assigned to the Community Affairs Bureau to help build trust with the terrified community.
“They’re acting as liaisons with the Mexican community,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman, of the Latino cops.
The tension – primarily between blacks and Mexicans – reached a boiling point over the weekend with two vicious attacks. Kelly and his top brass met with Mexican Consul General Ruben Beltran on Tuesday.
“We’re simply not going to tolerate this hateful conduct,” Kelly reiterated yesterday.
Eight people have been arrested, but local leaders say Mexican immigrants walk the streets in terror.