Thursday, July 06, 2006

Annoyed with 9-1-1

I was walking home after checking out the status of the Tireman Road Bridge for another post, when I saw a drug deal happen on Ashton.

Being the concerned citizen/born trouble-maker that I am, I snapped a couple of digital photos of the dealer and his customer. I also called 9-1-1 from my cell phone to report it to the police. I knew these dealers tended to leave quickly so I wasn't expecting them to get there to make an arrest on the spot.

But I was suprised by what happened.

The dealer left the scene while I was still on the phone with the 9-1-1 operator. I mention this to her and started giving a description of the dealer, his car and where he was headed. That was when she said that there was nothing they could do.

Since the dealer drove off after the minute or so that it took him to complete that transaction, the 9-1-1 dispatcher told me that there was nothing that could be done - even though I had license plate number of the dealer and everything else.

I've lived in other cities and I know that this isn't the norm. In most other cities, the dispatcher would have relayed this information to patrol cars in the area so they could be on the look-out for him when he does his next deal. (I saw him turn south on Faust from W. Warren so I guess that's where his next deal happened.)

Anyway, I sent a letter to Mayor Kwame Kilpatick and Chief Ella Bully-Cummings in which I epxressed my disappointment. If/when either of them respond to me, I'll be sure to post it here. Until then, you can read my letter here.

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