Police policies
From: Maggie McGovern (mcgroovin2000yahoo.com)
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2021 20:26:55 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, I’m not sure how to reply so I copied what I’m replying to below.

Grace, I am completely aligned with all you shared. Thank you for responding. I 
have been looking for alternatives to police as well when possible. I’d love to 
hear if you have any other ideas. Do you all have resources for residents who 
want to find protection or safety and don’t want to use the police but want an 
outside resource beyond mediation? And do you have any educational resources 
you’ve liked that help educate communities around the police and how Black, 
Indigenous, People of Color have been treated? 


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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2021 00:17:36 +0000
From: Grace Kim <grace [at] schemataworkshop.com <mailto:grace [at] 
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>> I?m curious if any of you have policies/guidelines/agreements/rules around 
>> people calling the police?

Maggie - as you noted there are many views about trusting police as outside 
authority figures.

For white people, police are "defenders of peace" there to "serve and protect". 
But for many people of color (particularly Black, Brown, and Indigenous 
people), police are often feared and assumed to protecting others, not them.

While we don't have a policy per se, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing is a very 
urban community located 1 block from the infamous "CHOP" or "CHAZ".  We have 
had a number of instances over the past 5 years where we had concerns over 
trespassers, thefts, homeless individuals sleeping in our doorways/emergency 
exit routes - and last year tear gas, flash bombs, and shootings (much of which 
was instigated by police).  And while some residents initially thought that 
calling the police was the right thing to do (in case of theft), many pointed 
out the inequities and unintended consequences of calling police for simple 
trespass or sleeping in doorways.

While we want to keep all of our residents (particularly our small children) 
safe, we have acknowledged that police are not the right "call" for all 
instances of "safety and security".  It is still a work in progress, but we are 
doing more with signage (to deter trespassing/notify about security cameras), 
and contacting social service providers/intervention specialists and referring 
people to neighborhood resources (service providers who can offer shelter, 
food, clothing) rather than assuming the police should be the obvious first 

Reminder to those responding about doing cohousing skits: please change subject 
line to "skits" or something other than police policies.

grace h. kim faia | schemata workshop, inc.
pronouns: she/her

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