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NEW YORK CITY, NY – It seems as though the targeting of anything brandishing the name “Trump” is still in effect, as New York City’s City Hall has opted to close down the two ice rinks that were being operated by the Trump Organization

And according to reports, the shutdowns are slated for later in February – despite the contracts reportedly having been originally set to expire some time in April.

The rinks in question are the Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink at the park’s northern end, which both are slated to be closed down on February 26th.

This move comes hardly as a surprise, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced back in January that the city had intentions of severing ties with the Trump Organization mere days after the riot at the Capitol. 

Mayor de Blasio echoed the slanderous claims that President Trump has someone committed a “unlawful act” when he delivered a speech on January 6th that preceded the riot that transpired at the Capitol Building: 

“This president has committed an unlawful act, he has disgraced himself, he will no longer profit from his relationship with New York City.”

“It’s quite clear the president of the United States committed a criminal act. He directed an insurrection against the United States Capitol. Period. That’s criminal, that’s treasonous.”

To be clear, there’s zero evidence that President Trump incited any sort of criminal actions embarked upon by third parties at the nation’s capital – as 18 U.S. Code § 2102 is relatively clear in that there has to be explicit instructions to engage in a riot in order for someone to bear criminal culpability of incitement. 

Nonetheless, this clear delineation hasn’t deterred Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to see the Trump name marred. 

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office offered the following comments in regard to the premature closing of the ice rinks: 

“Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink.”

The Trump Organization offered the following comments after being informed of the closure of said ice rinks: 

“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts.”

Essentially, the laying off of roughly 250 New Yorkers nearly two months earlier than they expected is seemingly collateral damage elected officials in NYC can come to terms with –  so long as it can somehow blemish the Trump Organization. 

Eric Trump, the organization’s executive vice president, sees the whole effort as “petty” and only serves to harm New Yorkers more than anybody: 

“The city is saying in effect, ‘We don’t care if it destroys the skating season; we want you out now.’ This is one of the only things that kids can do…De Blasio is now shutting down skating season while New York dies. It’s horribly sad.”

“The mayor is absolutely petty. This isn’t about us, this is about the people of the city who come here to skate and disabled kids who joined hockey teams and others who joined skating school and take lessons every week.”

The Trump Organization is reportedly working to appeal the premature contract terminations – including the city’s efforts to have the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point ousted 18 years before the contract ends. 

Eric Trump continued his admonishment of city officials, calling the entire move to erase the Trump name from New York City as nothing more than a “political stunt”: 

“This is purely a political stunt that only hurts New Yorkers.”

“Instead of focusing on a dying city which everyone is leaving because of rising crime, high taxes, closed businesses and totally incompetent leadership, the mayor is painting signs in front of Trump Tower and destroying more jobs along with the only outdoor activity available to children during a pandemic.”

“Why? To get back at a person who sits on the other side of the political aisle and now lives in Florida? Let’s cancel kids’ programs six weeks early, that will show Trump.”

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Of all the proverbial fish to fry in New York City, perhaps ice rinks getting shut down to score political points should be among the lower-tired obligations for the city. 

Especially when one considers the worrying trend of assaults transpiring in New York City’s subway. 

Earlier in February, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on this trend occurring within New York City. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – With there being a massive decline in subway ridership due to the pandemic, that hasn’t stopped the likes of people being the victims of attacks on the New York City subways.

While many of these incidents don’t result in death, there have been some recent ones that proved fatal for the victims.

Some of the more recent incidents happened to be among the fatal category.

On February 12th at approximately 11:30 p.m., police officials say that the body of an unidentified male was found having suffered numerous stab wounds to his neck and torso on an A train at Mott Avenue. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Then, just two hours later, police officials found the body of 44-year-old Claudine Roberts on an A train at West 207th Street and Broadway – once again, with the victim having suffered several stab wounds all over her body. She too was pronounced dead at the scene when EMTs arrived.

There had been two other reported stabbings that were non-fatal in the hours before the fatal stabbing from the evening of February 12th.

Those victims were only identified as a 43-year-old and 67-year-old, with officials alleging those attacks occurred at an A line subway station on West 181st Street.

Police were said to have taken 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez into custody, with the suspect being charged with various counts of murder and attempted murder for all four attacks mentioned.

Deputy Chief Brian McGee stated that the attacks all appeared to be unprovoked, while also mentioning that the suspect has a history with mental illness.

In other non-fatal attacks on the subways, there was the incident involving 26-year-old Rafael Wilson allegedly being shoved so hard while waiting for an A train at the Fulton Center that he came mere feet away from the third rail on the subway tracks.

For those unaware, the “third rail” on the subway tracks carries a direct current of 600 volts – a voltage amount that is considered generally lethal.

Authorities reportedly arrested 38-year-old Calvin Wilson for the alleged shoving attack that occurred on February 2nd – with police noting that the suspect in that case also carries a history involving mental illness and previous alleged attacks.

The attack lodged against Rafael Wilson is just one of six incidents involving assailants shoving victims onto the subway tracks since December 24th of 2020.

While the New York City subways seem to be playing host to numerous attacks, ridership in reportedly down by over 70% due to the ongoing pandemic.

But a concerning theme coinciding with the attacks and murders ongoing within the subway system is how mental illness seems to be cropping up when detailing information about the alleged assailants.

Dr. Marc Tarle, a forensic psychiatrist who has analyzed serial transit offenders, believes that mental illness playing a role in subway attacks is, “the exception, not the rule”:

“Usually someone like that is in a state of psychosis or schizophrenia who isn’t doing well, isn’t on their medicine or doesn’t have access to their medicine.”

“But the roof isn’t falling down. The mental health system has held up surprisingly well in the pandemic. These incidents are the exception, not the rule.”

Yet, with there being such a decrease in riders in the subway, one would figure that subway attacks would be less prevalent.

However, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan thinks that the lower presence of riders on the subways might be one of the ingredients fueling these sorts of attacks:

“Less people on the platform, less people around, it may encourage someone to take action.”

“A crowded subway station, a person may not want to pick somebody out, but when he sees someone standing by himself, they might want to do that.”

Apparently, a lack of nearby people was a factor in the recent incident that occurred earlier in February. On February 9th at approximately 7:50 a.m., 54-year-old Rosa Elizabeth Galeas-Forencio was shoved onto the subway tracks by a woman in an alleged unprovoked attack near E. 174th Street.

Galeas-Forencio described the attack committed by the currently at-large suspect:

“She didn’t say anything to me. She just did it. When I fell, she came over to see where I was down there. She looked at me. And then she left.”

The victim was only among her attacker and one other man, who helped pull the woman up from the tracks after the suspect had fled the area:

“He got me out just in time. If that man wasn’t there, I wouldn’t exist anymore. It was just the three of us there.”

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve, 70-year-old subway station agent Kumar Narinder was reportedly shoved onto the subway tracks at Brooklyn’s Nassau Ave. station on the G line allegedly by a man later identified as 27-year-old Jhonathan Martinez.

In that incident, the victim reportedly suffered a fractured spine and various injuries to the head. Martinez in that case was arrested and subsequently charged with first-degree attempted assault, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, and harassment.

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