What happened to Mayor Ballard making the streets safer? I'm watching the administration tout the decreasing crime rate, but I have my doubts. Take last night, for example...
I went outside on our front porch for a smoke before bed at 1am. A young (16-17) African-American male came running down our street and up onto our next door neighbor's porch. He ran across their porch and saw me sitting in the chair on our front porch.
He pointed a handgun at me and told me to "Just shut the f--k up" and jumped the hedge between our houses.
He ran between the two houses and jumped the fence into our backyard and ran out our back gate into the alley. I've never been happier that our neighbors have a dog in their backyard, because as he hit the fence she scared the bejeezus out of him and made him run faster to get away.
I called the police and two officers showed up, but didn't seem too concerned. They got a call about another black male running through someone's yard with a gun a few blocks away on Colorado, but didn't say if it was the same guy. I heard one officer say to file it as "No report."
This morning I told Paige about it and she asked me, "Did he have on a red shirt?" She described the guy perfectly and said he was walking up and down the block for a good while yesterday, but while she was watching him he disappeared behind a car. Obviously the guy is casing our street to break in somewhere.
As I was writing this post, I heard four or five shots fired about a block away. When I notified the neighborhood about my experience last night, one woman recalled seeing the guy selling drugs on our block a couple days ago. She ran him off, but what would have happened if he'd pulled a gun on her?
The worst part? We have a cop that lives on our block. If the criminals aren't even remotely scared by the police cruiser parked down the street, what do we need to do?
I have to say, I managed convenience stores for several years and never got a gun in my face. Instead it happened on my front porch. What the hell is happening to our city?
Crime sure as hell isn't going down in my neighborhood. Maybe the reduced crime rate has something to do with the "No report" filed...