While the disenfranchised of New York wonder where the police patrol cars are, cops in California tell church leaders their help is needed in reversing the systemic racism that has plagued the nation.
The divide seems to be a microcosm of the disconnect between Black communities and the officers hired to protect them.
In the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, where rap impresario Jay-Z grew up, a place noted for crime and violence, nary a police officer can be found these days. Ordinarily, cop cars would be rampant, a constant reminder that the law is watching and providing a level of safety for some residents.
But since the December 20 random killing of two officers a block from the Marcy Projects, residents say police have all but discarded this neighborhood of so much trouble. But why? Is it a fear of a copycat gunman? Or is it petty reprisals for protesters around the country expressing their distrust of the police and the dire need for change?
Police are not providing answers.
“I drive my husband to work every morning at 3 a.m. and when I would come back (police) would be there,” Luz Delia, 34, pointing to a parking spot along the edge of the complex, told Reuters about where she was accustomed to seeing officers. “I used to feel more safe.”
Others in the neighborhood say they welcome the lack of police presence because many of them feared they would get into a confrontation with officers.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, told Reuters that the union has not started or condoned a slowdown of police patrols.
Source: Atlanta Black Star |