PHOENIX – We spent an evening with two Phoenix Police officers, as they patrolled the streets of south Phoenix.
In south Phoenix, if you are riding a bike you’re a drug dealer. Anywhere else, you’re just riding your bike. Wear a doorag, it’s a fashion statement. In south Phoenix, you’re a gang member.
Through our coverage of Phoenix Police and race issues, we’re trying to come to a better understanding of the stereotypes and tension officers and citizens both encounter.
via Cops & Color, Part 2 | Police Ridealong and Preventing Stereotypes.
When I drove home from the airport Sunday morning via the route I take between work and home each day, I saw my friends from the Phoenix PD Mobile Command unit parked behind the crime scene tape of the last story.
Considering I live right next to two of the neighborhoods marked in red, I was surprised I didn’t get one of the flyers featured in the “Taking Back the Neighborhood” story. And in response to a comment about people not wanting to get involved? When this crap first started, I called. And called. About the gunfire, about the graffiti. For two months I called about the graffitti. Y’all finally made it out to clean up my wall after the first woman was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout.
Too little, too late… and half the time I don’t bother to call y’all now.