Streets in Harlem barricaded at night to prevent violence

June 18, 2012 1:49:45 PM PDT
Stacked at the corners along 129th street is an ominous sign as police barricades that are linked together every evening.

"I come in from work and I come in the house and I stay in the house, because I'm afraid for my life," said Lillie Baines.

On a tree lined Harlem street stretching between fifth avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard police now man the barricades overnight, residents say, asking them for identification in hopes of stemming deadly violence.

"Sometimes they ask for id, other times they just let me pass," said Landis Farrington.

Late last year, police confiscated 15 guns including a tech 9 machine pistol, a Chinese semi-automatic rifle and various handguns and arrested a gang of teenagers in the neighborhood.

"We understand there was a threat of retaliatory measure there so we flooded the place with cops and we are making sure we keep the bad guys out," said Mayor Bloomberg.

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