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Easter Sunday Gang Wilding Feared In Times Square, NYPD To Flood Area With Extra Cops

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25:  A New York City Police precinct is seen in Times Square on October 25, 2011 in New York City. Ray
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: A New York City Police precinct is seen in Times Square on October 25, 2011 in New York City. Raymond Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced today at a news conference the arrest of five New York Police officers on charges that they smuggled firearms, cigarettes and slot machines they believed were stolen. In a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Manhattan, a total of 12 people were charged in the smuggling operation. The charges come after the revelations of a ticket fixing scandal among New York City Police officers that has already eroded some trust in the department. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Raymond Kelly, Police Commissioner of the City of New York City (left) stands with Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, during a news conference to announce the arrest Tuesday of five New York Police Department officers on charges that they smuggled firearms, cigarettes and slot machines they believed were stolen (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The NYPD will flood Times Square and Midtown with extra cops on Easter Sunday to prevent any violence that's historically followed the Javits Center's car show, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.

In recent years, marauding teens took to the streets following the show in what the mayor called a gang "wilding" that's seen dozens of arrests.

“The top item on our plate this weekend is the car show,” a high-ranking cop told “On The Inside.” 

“There will be hundreds of extra officers on duty, particularly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. when the car show lets out.”

“We are not going to have any repeat of the past,” he added.

The Easter Day car show has become an unofficial “Gang Initiation Day” among the city’s crews, which challenge new recruits to gather and create mayhem to earn their way into the respective loose-knit groups. 

The youths, often sporting their gang colors, have historically gathered at the auto show before heading off in packs to Times Square. Using Twitter and other social media, the teens tell each other where to meet following the event.

And sources say even executives involved in the show avoid the Midtown area. Many are forsaking the neighborhood altogether, staying at hotels in Downtown Brooklyn rather than near the Javits or Times Square.

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