|Police policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|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? Thanks, Maggie Message: 3 Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2021 00:17:36 +0000 From: Grace Kim <grace [at] schemataworkshop.com <mailto:grace [at] schemataworkshop.com>> To: "cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>> Subject: [C-L]_ Police policies Message-ID: <MWHPR03MB2847AF9F7B75ADBC30A85A9FC6389 [at] MWHPR03MB2847.namprd03.prod.outlook.com <mailto:MWHPR03MB2847AF9F7B75ADBC30A85A9FC6389 [at] MWHPR03MB2847.namprd03.prod.outlook.com>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" >> 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 responders. 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. principal pronouns: she/her
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