The area on S 14th Street from MLK to Cushman is the current hot spot for narcotic trafficking, illegal explosives (can’t very well call this stuff fireworks) blocking the streets, fights and harassing people.
Cars are regularly racing and spinning brodies in the street.
This goes on well into the wee hours of the morning.
For the last several weeks, one can not even drive down Sheridan Ave past S 14th St because the street is blocked by large crowds of people.
I saw a group of young males literally chase a woman who was asking them to quiet down back into her house, sexually harassing her and telling her to “fucking get used to it.”
This element now OWNS these streets and Ferry Park.
The know they own it.
If and when TPD shows up (they have been trying a little bit more lately once you can get past the people at South Sound 911) they are ineffective.
They either just drive by, stop their cars without getting out, or contact one or two people and then leave with the problem still going on.
Last night they left Ferry Park with 20 people still blocking the street, yelling, fighting, blasting music and drug dealing.
On the rare occasion they actually break up a crowd, they never come back. These crowds know this and they return in greater numbers, bolder than before.
We have been advised by our TPD CLO Martin Price to dial 911 because these narcotics trafficking groups were displaced from the Stop Mart.
The reason for calling 911 is because it is a crime (usually multiple crimes) in progress and that’s the only way it gets recorded for statistical purposes. The folks at LESA/South Sound 911 are getting a bit better about taking the calls and not just blind transferring to the non-emergency number but it’s still a great exercise in frustration to try to deal with them (I sure they don’t like it any more than we do right now because we are freaked out and angry when we call and don’t have the details they want from us – Seriously, there are 40 people in the middle of the street, there is a fight, do you really think I’m going out there to get details as to who is doing what? Have the officers look for the huge, loud violent group of people in the middle of the street, it’s quite obvious from blocks away.
The point is.
This is being allowed to continue.
It is getting worse not better.
We are not getting any help (or sleep, or peace or feeling of safety in our own homes)
Something needs to be done.
It needs to be done NOW!
Those of you who have lived here any length of time remember the beating death of Eric Towes.
It’s only a matter of time before the drive by shootings increase again and/or someone is beaten to death, again.
We must hold TPD and our alleged city leaders accountable.
So here’s what we can do.
Dial 911, tell them that CLO Martin Price has instructed that this be a 911 call and that these groups are known narcotics traffickers.
Call every time. They won’t have documentation that it is a problem without the calls no matter how frustrating and time wasting they are.
Contact your city council representatives http://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_council
Take photos, better yet video, and post/send it to local media outlets.
Tonight will be even worse than last night, so I’ll be taking video and hashtagging #tacoma #hilltop #unsafe #crime
We MUST take action!