Answers: Re Questions Re: 18th and Otis NE
- 1) What if that police guy got a call on the police radio for a
robbery in progress or a shooting or a stabbing or a domestic
violence victim screaming for help? What do you think was the
priority? I don't think the protocol for police is to respond to
citizens driving up next to them telling them where to go.
Answer: There are several officers on duty. If one officer is
responding to a call/report, then another officer is to respond to
new calls (unless it is an extreme case). Without having been there
to hear what the youth said to the resident, it could have been
taken as a threat. What is worse? How do you best deal with risk
mitigation? Do you only respond after violence occurs or is it
smarter to investigate the issue and prevent it from escalating to
violence? If it were me, I'd appreciate the officer checking the
complaint to ensure my safety and wellbeing. Before they have to get
the EMS involved.
2) How in the world were you able to tell that someone was smoking
marijuana from a distance, while you were securely hidden in your
ANSWER: Where you there? Why question someone when you don't know
the answer either. Seems as though you are arguing to allow kids to
drink and break the law. Neighborhood kids drink, smoke and use
marijuana in the alley behind my house. Sure, not that big of a
deal. But one of the was arrested a month ago with a firearm in his
possession. I don't know why he was arrested, but it concerns me
that I was willing to let kids be kids when that could have been
just a means for them to test the laws even further. If they think
they can openly get away with breaking the laws, when do they begin
to learn to respect the rights of others? My rights are that I
should have to clean up the alley after these kids from their
trash...my trash can is only steps away from where they sit (talk
about lazy). My rights include my ability to sit in my backyard and
not smell the marijuana and listen to their limited language (a
great deal four letter words).
3) What are the alternatives for youth in our area to get together
for social purposes, especially on Friday and Saturday nights? What
options will they have this summer?
ANSWER: How about going to the basketball court and not drinking;
playing a legal game of basketball. While all along respecting the
people who live on that block. In other words, acting as though they
are not the only people with rights; acting without an ego or
errogance. Who forgot to teach them manners?
4) I think as residents, we should get together and install cameras
in our neighborhoods and advertise those cameras by posting signs
that say "THIS AREA IS UNDER CAMERA SURVEILLANCE." We are sure to
get results. There are other things we can do as residents to
assist. I learned a long long time ago that we cannot rely on the
police department to solve every neighborhood nuisance we
experience. If you don't believe me call the police department and
ask them how can you schedule a ride-along. That is how you can see
all the calls they get and the nature of those calls.
ANSWER: This resident doesn't what to live the life of "Big
Brother". I don't need cameras on every block to threaten people to
behave. I'd rather the police patrol the area and hand out sitations
for minor fractions...littering, speeding, double parking,
loitering, running red lights. There isn't enough of this going on.
As a transportation safety and security expert, the results of
studies have proven that our drives are becoming more ignorant to
the safety laws when driving. This is because no one is enforcing
the laws to remind them of the importance. By the way, you say here
that you want cameras every where. Later, in the last paragraph, you
say that you don't want police patroling every corner. Seeing that
you want the cameras linked into the TMCs and surveiled by police
centers, what is the difference? Do you want to be able to commit a
crime where the camera catches you doing it, but because the cops
are not present so that you have a chance to get away? The cameras
may be able to track you, but it take a person to arrest you.
5) Has anyone been to a police meeting or called to see if that area
could be put on special alert for officers to visit throughout their
shifts. In the Third District we were told that locations can be
on special attention. That is how we got officers to pay frequent
visits to areas where loitering was prevalent.
ANSWER: I never understood publically calling area as a problem area
that needs more police attention. Why not just tell the
criminals "Hey guys and gals...We plan to patrol the Otis street on
Monday night from 8 pm to midnight. I recommend that you not be in
the area. And just go to another area for that time period."
I don't like seeing people hanging out in front of my property
either. There are plenty of ways we can curtail this kind of
behavior without expecting a full-time stationary cop to be on every
corner in every section of our district. It's not gonna happen.