Report: Brighton Beach Residents Want Every Bag On The Boardwalk Searched Following Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Many people are used to getting their bags searched at airports and stadiums, but how would they feel if their bags were checked at the beach?

Some are suggesting the radical security measure at Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

A deadly shooting on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk was a shock for many people living nearby.

“They could use some security around here, especially in the summer time,” resident Edward Katz said. “It could help.”

The beach was packed on June 9, when 16-year-old Tysha Jones was gunned down – an innocent victim caught in the crossfire.

“I came out here, and there were thousands of kids out here,” Gary Walters said. “It was like 95 degrees out.”

Police stepped up their presence in the area, but many say that’s simply not enough.

“I think we have to have more police,” one resident said.

Some residents suggested increasing police patrols at subway stations near the beach as an extra layer of security, and most locals said that was reasonable. Others, though, want a drastic and controversial security change: random bag searches.

“What we need to do is check for weapons in people’s bags, and check for alcohol in people’s bags, when they come to the beach – because those are two illegal things – to make people who are coming to the beach know that they can’t bring these types of things to the beach anymore,” one Brighton Beach resident said.

tysha Report: Brighton Beach Residents Want Every Bag On The Boardwalk Searched Following Shooting

Tysha Jones (credit: The Jones Family)

Some said that random bag searches cross the line.

“A lot of time, you’re taking innocent people and looking, and it’s not right,” Brighton Beach resident Bernice Katz said.

“Seems to me there are problems with violating people’s civil rights, checking bags,” another resident, Irene Sigmund, said.

Attorney Arthur Schwartz said random searches at Brighton Beach would be against the law.

“Random bag searches on a public street, which is what a boardwalk is, or on the streets around the boardwalk, would really violate the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution,” Schwartz said.

Still, some residents said that safety should be the primary concern.

“It hasn’t stopped anyone before,” resident Clyde Bartel said. “They all have the guns – we don’t.”

Locals said they just hope that added security, in whatever form it takes, won’t make visitors think Brighton Beach isn’t a peaceful and safe place.

Local leaders are also encouraging concerned residents to start up neighborhood watch groups.

Do you support the idea of bag checks at the boardwalk? Is it a good idea? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • bklyn

    Don’t allow any young person under 18 (or maybe 21 years old) on the beach without their mom and dad present.

  • JOE


  • mojo

    Instead of punishing law abiding citizens, wouldn’t it make more sense to:
    #1 Secure both borders
    #2 Make sure we know who is in this country legally AND illegally
    #3 Don’t allow the general public to buy bulk items to make bombs
    #4 Thoroughly do background checks for people buying guns

  • nana

    take drastic action when young people do not behave properly why not they created the situation so now this is the way to go.the other people have a right to enjoy the beach and as I understand there are lots of senior citizens out there so the drastic action should be taken.

  • Losh

    maybe if new york had an open carry law,criminals would see law abiding citizen packing heat and think twice b4 commiting a crime,why is it ok to deny the 2nd amendment,but other rights are protected?

  • Jackie Gleastone

    Dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. Enough with this “check everyone’s bags” before we let them go anywhere!!

    “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin … truer words were never spoken!

    • Dale Auburn

      If Ben Franklin said that now, he’s be arrested for domestic terrorism.

  • Try_Thinking

    Ridiculous! The criminal didn’t have the gun in a bag or backpack! Nor would a rich man’s beach-tax have stopped him: He Worked in a Boardwalk Restaurant!!!! IWhich means, Ace of Spades, that he was WORKING, and PAYING TAXES. Try Reading 101. Rick is, sadly, correct; nothing stops a criminal lunatic.

  • Aceof Spades

    Well start by working and paying taxes and stop mooching off the government. Pr why dont they propose having to pay to get into a beach like some other places in New York. It will most likely keep the thugs from entering because they are to cheep to pay. They would rather spend that money on smoking, drinking and buying junk.

    • harriet

      troll much? plus there’s no way you are a ny’er, paying for a public beach is unheard of in the City, that’s a totally forgein idea. So why don’t you go crawl back under what rock you came from. btw, searching bags would be violation of your beloved constitution, check out amendments 1 and 4 (freedom of travel and searches without probable cause). Plus i fail to see how going to the boardway is any more ‘mooching’ then walking on a sideway or driving an suv on a parkway

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Harriet, you should check out Amendments one through four before you open your mouth. There is a prohibition on unreasonable search and seizures in the Fourth Amendment, but no freedom of travel anywhere, not that freedom of travel is germane to this conversation. Nothing would prevent paid beaches as long as it is a duly passed law.

        First Amendment: Freedom of speech
        Second Amendment: Right to bear arms.
        Third Amendment: Prohibition against quartering of soldiers.
        Fourth Amendment: Freedom from unreasonable searches.

        When the citizenry becomes unaware of their rights, their encroachment become simpler.

  • Rick

    Any more absurd unrealistic and impossible ideas? Why stop at the boardwalk didn’t the shots come from the beach? Wait didn’t this occur in the boro of Brooklyn? Let’s expand the search to the entire boro and stop this madness before they get to the beach.

    Sadly, you can not stop a lunatic or a moron from doing insane things.

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