You may remember that I started this blog when I worked on Skid Row. I have a love and hate relationship with the police. My absolute adoration changed when I began working in Skid Row. It was hard for me to tell the difference between “the Purple Shirts” and other area community forces. I learned to say “I’m white and I am scared” to get the police, I have had to harass them after 4 hours on a hot sunny day to come see the dead body I found in the middle of a hot August day. I would always hope that the fire department got to me first when one of my clients would melt down. I know that Molly Lawry worked with them to help inspire them to walk the streets and meet the actual people living there. I know that burn out is real … please note that I no longer work there.
I am happy to hear the new approaches the LAPD are trying in a hard to serve the community. I like what I am hearing, and I like what I have been seeing in the years since I have left.
There are some wonderful police officers I follow on Social Media who work on Skid Row. Meeting Captain Marc has given me hope.