|Police policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2021 17:17:41 -0700 (PDT)|
>> 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 1720 12th avenue seattle wa 98122 p 206.285.1589 c 206.795.2470 schemataworkshop.com<http://www.schemataworkshop.com/> Watch my TED talk at TED.com<https://www.ted.com/talks/grace_kim_how_cohousing_can_make_us_happier_and_live_longer>
- Re: Police policies, (continued)
- Re: Police policies Sharon Villines, June 6 2021
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