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Suck it

So, recently there was an incident in front of our shop in Belltown and the more I think about what happened the angrier I get not so much with the drug dealer that was kicked out or even the fact that he assaulted my partner.  What really makes me mad is the actions of the police officer who responded.  Forget that the officer let the “suspect” walk as usual.  Forget that he insulted my partner.  Forget even that he did not call for an ambulance despite my partners obvious injuries. 

No,  lets focus on what he said about Belltown.  He basicly said that we should suck it up and that what else do you expect opening up a business downtown. 

Really?

So the real attitude that the Seattle Police Department is that we should just roll over and give Belltown over to the dealers and crackheads?  We should just abandon downtown to the criminals because its not worth it to actually do the job?  Is that really what they want?

Wow no wonder when ever I have had to call the police it takes them 4 hours to arrive.

Originally, I had in mind that they had a hard job to do.  That they need our support because they are under staffed and under funded. That they have to great an area to police.   But this officer has made it abundantly clear what attitudes apparently really prevail.  I am so proud and feel so much better now knowing that there is someone on the force like this who is looking out for Belltown.

3 Comments on "Suck it"

  1. Paul Philion | June 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    Powdermonkey,

    Obviously you care about Belltown. It is unfortunate that your experience with a single officer changed your opinion 180 degrees.

    I agree with your original thought about the police, that they have a hard job and they need our active support as citizens of Belltown. I also agree with your disappointment with the response from the officer.

    Unfortunately, instead of using that interaction to try to produce something positive (greater awareness and interaction between the SDP and concerned Belltown citizens), you have blogged about it negatively.

    I would contact Maggie Olsen (margaret.olsen@seattle.gov), who runs the Community Outreach Program. She might not be the best person to discuss this with, but she certainly know who is.

    The only way we can make Belltown the neighborhood it can and should be (safer, cleaner, more attractive and a little quieter, IMHO) is to work directly with the police, city officials and community leaders to make sure our needs, as citizens and business owners, are understood.

    – Paul Philion

  2. Powdermonkey | June 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

    In the words of Sir Robert Peel, who largely invented modern law-enforcement, “Police, at ALL times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police ARE the public and the public ARE the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
    Yes, cops have an important yet difficult job to do. But so do a lot of people. When it comes down to it, police officers are just like everybody else, and should be accorded the same respect, (but no more), than you’d give a power company lineman or a dentist. Your assumption that solely one incident magically changed my opinion away from this is incorrect. My opinion stand as it always has based on numerous interactions both good and bad with officers.
    Really, the answer to any sane person is that a police officer doesn’t get to behave this way. And they don’t get to attack people — whether with their hands or their mouth without consequences. Consequences which inevitably make all police officers look bad. Now is that fair?—maybe not. But as the old adage goes one bad apple…

    To assume I only plan to blog something and thats it is also a false assumption.

  3. Here’s my opinion on it, the real problem in Seattle is we are so dam sensitive to everything. We don’t want to enforce drug laws because we are so concerned with the attics. So they have to go somewhere, that somewhere is unfortunately Belltown. I have lived in big cities all over the country with a lot more violent crimes that Seattle. But in those cites I have only seen a handful of drug deals. And believe me in those neighborhoods I paid significantly less rent than I do in Belltown. Here I watch drug deals occur on a daily basis at the bus stop on third.

    I cant blame the police for having an passive attitude regarding Belltown, after all every time they are seen or even worse heard even using profanity with known gang member they are on the five o’clock news with Seattleites screaming inappropriate behavior and un become of an officer. We put so many restrictions on our officers I truly believe that they don’t feel supported by the community.

    The only way I believe this will change is if the officers are fully supported and given the full support to do their jobs and to deal with these criminals in an aggressive manner. That or when businesses start pulling out of Belltown and someone high enough up the food chain decides it’s a serious enough issue. Until then be careful and aware of your surrounding and don’t give cash to the homeless. If you feel bad for them go buy them a sandwich to help them out.

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