By Raanan Geberer
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and domestic violence awareness events are everywhere. In keeping with this very important theme, two officers of the 84th Precinct spoke on the topic at the most recent meeting of the 84th Precinct Community Council on Tuesday night.
Police Officers Ronnique Shannon and Sheryl Wilson are the domestic violence officers for the precinct. They began by discussing how abusive behavior — whether physical, emotional, sexual or even financial — makes people feel worthless, isolated and that they have no control over their lives.
Legally speaking, there are two types of domestic abuse, said Wilson. One type, handled by Family Court, deals with cases involving married couples, family members or children. The other type, dealt with by the NYPD directly, concerns people who are not legally married or related.
Wilson and Shannon often make home visits to households to ascertain whether domestic abuse has taken place. If there is a pattern or something suspicious, they said, the case is referred to the Detective Unit.
Also at the meeting, Deputy Inspector Mark DiPaolo, the precinct’s commanding officer, and Leslie Lewis, head of the community council, honored Michelle Bonaparte as “cop of the month.”
On Sept. 27, Bonaparte, who is assigned to patrolling the area around schools, received information that a man was robbed of his Doctor J headphones and assaulted by two other men on Livingston Street near Bond Street. After receiving a description, she went to 258 Livingston St., in front of which she arrested the first suspect — who was in possession of the headphones.
The following day, she tracked down the second perpetrator at 283 Adams St., according to the precinct. The Adams Street building is shared by two high schools, one of which is, oddly, the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice.
Deputy Inspector DiPaolo also gave his usual report about crime in the precinct. One particular crime he mentioned as being a “crime of opportunity” is the theft of “small electronics,” such as iPhones, Kindles, iPads and more. These are classified as grand larcenies.
Often, he says, users are so immersed in talking on the phone or looking at the screen that they don’t notice that someone is coming toward them, intent on taking their property.
Another officer talked about the problem of iPhone theft in the subways.