Cops Say We’re Not Helping

Go watch this video and prepare to be mad. Not mad that it looks like some kind of Jamaican drug/gang war has spread to Orlando, but that the cops seem to think the citizens aren’t paying attention or are mad enough. Really? What rock have you been hiding under? Citizens have been mad, they have been complaining, you saying we are not shows you are doing as good a job paying attention to what the public is saying as you are in handling the crime.

It just goes on and on, passing the buck. Here in Conway people were outraged that a body popped up duct taped to a tire in Lake Conway and our esteemed Linda Stewart decided to take action… and look into closing the boat ramp. Nice work. The next time I see her addressing our local issues, she’s standing at the corner of Curry Ford and Conway in front of cameras talking about your awesome new traffic cameras. I’ve talked before about the slap in the face of cops doing NOTHING about the dangerous midnight club drag racing that goes on in this area EVERY night it seems, and I know for a FACT that it took months of calls before a cop arrived on the scene only to get run down and then they hightailed it. Get your butts out here on the streets at night, forget your cameras and drive time speed traps, they won’t catch the speed racers. And oh yeah, the gun spray that went down at Sawgrass apartments, think maybe you want to address that?

Don’t tell us we haven’t been paying attention, you haven’t been doing your jobs. Pass the buck on to your citizenry because our nice town turned into a violent cess pool on your watch? You ought to turn in your badge and let someone with a clue and a spine get in there.

4 Comments so far

  1. Leon (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    I appreciate the sincerity of the article, but i have some disagreements with its implications. Perhaps this will up some constructive discussion.

    I have to point out the implicit misrepresentation that is presented at the beginning of this article. Simply because the assailant wore a Jamaican hat and it was outside of a Jamaican restaurant, you imply that “some kind of Jamaican drug/gang war has spread to Orlando”. As a consistent patron of both All Pro Cuts and Johnny’s, i can tell you that, to my knowledge, these are safe and legitimate establishments whose reputations are blemished not by this unfortunate incident, but the projection of a dangerous affiliation between Jamaicans and violent crime that the local media seems determined to allude to.

    Orlando’s increasing crime problem is multifaceted and systemic. This constant shell game between the police (blaming everything but their own incompetence and disservice to excluded communities- see: downtown homeless feedings), the local government (underfunding social services for political/ corporate allegiances- see: new Amway Arena) and the privileged citizens of this city (unwilling to become involved in community groups and foster progressive growth) is a perfect mix for exacerbating these problems.

  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    You are exactly right, the attacker was actually Haitian and it was part of an ongoing drug related war that began in Miami, so I should have said a Haitian drug war has spread here. But you are certainly right, it is no reflection on the businesses there, and I don’t think I alluded to that at all, but certainly it should be noted that Johnny’s is not a haven for crime, it just happens to be where the guy got ambushed.

  3. Leon (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    My frustration concerning the situation involves our tv and print media’s framing of these stories. I projected that frustration to your posting, perhaps unfairly.

    Thanks for the timely response and clarification.

  4. Terry Howard (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    Yeah, I can totally see that. It was pretty poor reporting to just call a Tam hat (I’m guessing that is what it was) a Jamaican hat and leave the reader to assume he was Jamaican. The reporter could have taken a whole half a second to hit up Google and gotten the real name for the hat. Or better yet, tho clarify that the suspect’s nationality was unknown at that time, or at least that he was referring to the hat and the hat alone.

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