Update on the Ferry Park situation – and sign up for a meeting with the Sector 1 Lt.

Because of everyone’s increasing vigilance and demands that the city pay attention, listen to us and take action, we now have a temporary stop gap in place with TPD SET patrols. They’ve been coming back at dark and clearing out the park.

You can view the previous call to action here: http://wildcelticrose.net/blog/2017/07/25/tacomas-hilltop-out-of-control-take-action/

The first night, there were confrontations and some attempted to goad the officers. They responded with humor and grace.

Last night a crowd started gathering in the park in the late afternoon. A bit after sunset, TPD arrived and about half of the really bad players skulked off.

Initially the rest just set up camp on the corner and it looked like another long night with 40+ people blocking the intersection, yelling, fighting, dealing drugs racing cars and spinning brodies in the intersection, but they finally wandered off

I caught a bit of cell phone FB live feed… It’s public for now, but I’ll set it back to friends only once anyone who wants to look at it and/or save it has the chance.

Typical night at Ferry Park. (not really typical, this is a much smaller crowd than usual)TPD came and ran them out of the park, but it appears they're going to hang out on the street corner and the numbers will grow, often to 40+ shit goes on until the wee hours of the morning… blocking the intersection and not letting people drive through. Also open drug dealing, fights and asshats spinning brodies in the intersection and racing up and down the streets.

Posted by L. Lisa Lawrence on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

you can actually save FB Live Feed videos by copying the url into a browser window, then changing the www into a m (for mobile) so the first part of the address would look like https://m.facebook.com

Once you do that you have to play the video before right clicking to get the option to “save video as”. If you don’t hit play, you’ll only get the “save as” option and it won’t save in video format.

It looks like the temporary measures are breaking the cycle, but we need a permanent plan.

Lt. Standifer of TPD sector one has been instructed by his superiors to reach out and meet the community to talk about long term solutions. (something his predecessor Rob Jepson did regularly, he was awesome)

A meeting will be scheduled very soon.

He has asked for email addresses for those who would be interested in meeting about this issue and coming up with a long term plan.

You can email your address to him and let him know you want to be at the meeting and/or receive notifications at LStandif@ci.tacoma.wa.us

I am hoping that this means he will be better about listening to and working with community members.

There’s only one way to find out….

Tacoma’s Hilltop, Ferry Park, S 14th St is Out Of Control! TAKE ACTION!!!

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 local CLOs https://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/police/operations_bureau/community_policing_division/

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!


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