New York, NY - A dispute about renaming a Brooklyn street for a controversial black activist resulted in extra security for a New York City councilman.
Leroy Comrie was provided with additional police protection after an aide to fellow Councilman Charles Barron called for the end of his career even "if it takes an assassination of his ...." The threat from Barron's chief of staff, Viola Plummer, followed the defeat along racial lines of a proposal to rename part of Gates Avenue after activist Sonny Carson as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias.
Supporters wanted to honor Carson for his crusades against crack houses and police brutality but opponents cited a 1974 kidnapping conviction and anti-white rhetoric.
Comrie was one of a handful of black and Hispanic council members who abstained when their names were called.
Plummer's boss laughed off the entire incident, calling it "absurd."
"(Comrie) knows Viola," Barron said. "She said his political life is over. He didn't need any extra security. That's silly." [UPI]
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