Kevin Shaw, father of 26-year-old Kevin Shaw Jr., of the Bronx, who was shot and killed in the passenger seat of a car coming from Sue’s Rendezvous, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, were joined the Mount Vernon Families For Justice who shared their story and unsatisfactory experience with the MVPD and their lost loved ones investigation, Saturday, February 11th.
“I’ve been quiet for awhile preaching that Black Lives Matter, but for the first time and I’m not losing the spirit of who we are, but it’s a fact to me Black Lives don’t matter in Mount Vernon, not at all,” a very emotional Kevin Shaw Sr said at the rally. “I haven’t heard from nobody, not one time, nobody, no police officer, nobody never called me, since my son was murdered up here in Mount Vernon. I’ve been up here 15-20 times… I ain’t get one call, never since June 24, 2015 [18 months later]. Every time I come to Mount Vernon they say they are going to call… I can’t even get my son’s possessions from that night.”
Homicides in Mount Vernon jumped from two in 2015 to eleven in 2016 with at least six of them still unsolved and family members in the dark about the investigation into the death of their lost loved ones. Justice for all the unsolved homicides, a well-trained homicide unit, better support for the families and the need of Commissioners that understand police concepts and methods to keep our community safe, top the list of demands that were announced at the rally.