Reader Mail: Park Thugs
If you’re a regular reader of 411, you may have seen numerous “incidents” that have taken place over at Church Square Park. From wacky sickos that prey on kids, to unruly gangs of juveniles that know no such thing as social order.
It can’t be rap bands that influence kids these days, right? One thing I’ve noticed though, is that these punks don’t seem to be able to commit these harassing acts when they’re alone, but they become tough-guys when they’re with their pack of morons.
Last night Saturday 1/27/07 around 11 PM was walking through Church Square Park and 4 males started yelling racial slurs, asking me for such items as my money, iPod, Phone, watch….3 of them were approx. 18-19 years old while the other one must have been in his late 20’s….I have seen many reports about this area on your site and wanted to send you this. Have you heard of anything being done to help that area? The lighting could be much better and the police could have more of a presence in there (possibly undercover) once the sun goes down. I did notify the police about this and they said they would send people over to check it out. Its getting ridiculous that that area is known for these types of things and has been know for these incidents for quite some time and not much has been done on a consistent basis to prevent it. I was able to get away easily but what if it was a bit later and females were walking through or someone who was not able to get away? I made sure I told people that were walking that way and told friends of mine (especially female) to avoid the area.”
I guess our Police force is understaffed, because this area is known for incidents like this. Don’t you think they’d do more to prevent it? Maybe if we had sufficient parking, perhaps the cops would be spending less time chasing double parkers and more time keeping our city safe.