Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Angels' Night Turns Hellish

More than 300 volunteers converged on the Northwest Neighborhood City Hall in an effort to keep arson and other crimes at bay. This, of course, was in addition to the hundreds of other volunteers who helped out elsewhere in Detroit. For most of Detroit, the 3 day period past uneventfully - with fires and crime continuing their 12-year decline.

Warrendale, however, was an unfortunate exception to this rule. While we thankfully didn't have any fires, we were not exempt from our share of problems.

Almost all of the cars on patrol from the Warrendale Radio Patrol where attacked by teenagers who threw eggs, lard and butter at them. In at least one case, the teenagers taughted the patrol by screaming, "Take your white ass back to suburbia where you came from," as they hurled eggs at the patrol car.

It's interesting that the teenagers assumed the folks from the Warrendale Radio Patrol were from the suburbs. In this case, while the couple was white, they were both Detroit residents and were patrolling less than 3 blocks from their home.

The real tragedy, however, came from the response the Warrendale Radio Patrol got from the Detroit Police Department.

When they first attempted to report this by telephone, the police hung up on them.

When they went to the Northwestern District of the Detroit Police Department, the officer at the desk initially refused to take a report of the incident and also refused to provide the patrol members with the name of the command officer on duty.

This, quite frankly, is unacceptable. I'm only one of the board members for the Warrendale Community Organization, but incidents like this make me wonder just how cooperative we will be the Angel's Night 2007 campaign. This year, WCO members staffed the offices and patrolled other neighborhoods who weren't able to generate enough of their own volunteers; all in addition to patrolling our own neighborhood.

Stupid teenagers throwing eggs can be dealt with by patrolling without the orange lights. It is hard to target patrol cars when you don't know who they are.

However, there are deeper, systemic problems within the Detroit Police Department that must be dealt with and dealt with expeditiously. Everyone from Chief Ella Bully-Cummings to the command officers at the Northwestern Division have promised to address those concerns.

When they do, you can read about them in this blog.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

monday night ...unreal....i had a weird feeling monday night..i ended up sleeping on the couch directly in front of the big picture window...at 3:30 am i heard a noise..looked out the window and saw that my garbage can was not there...so i went,put on some shoes ..when i went outside i saw my garbage 3 doors down tipped over....and i had eggs thrown all over the front of my house.....so here i am at 4:00 in the morning trying to get dried egg off painted aluminum siding....nobody else got it..but i get targeted because ..im always outside cleaning my yard and trying to make my house look good.....in detroit...you get punished for not being a lowlife...after a while you just get tired of dealing with this nonsense...you start weighing the pros and cons of living here....i am still going to stick it out for the time being....i just priced out a nice camera system its going to run me about 1500 dollars for 4 night vision cameras,a 4 channel dvr..and all the acc....its more money that i have ....but what can u do?.....what happened to the warrendale patrol is appaling...it should of been on the news and in the paper.....we have to make this public....when i here things like this..i get very angry...i wish thoses punks would show their face..but they dont have the guts!!!!

cracktown! USA said...

Holy moly. That's terrible.

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