Yesterday evening, I attended Ward 4 Councilmember Todd’s community meeting at Emory Recreation Center. This was a meeting specifically called in response to last weeks shooting at Emory. The shooting was witnessed by the kids who frequency the facility on a daily basis for recreation and sports practices. What makes this situation even worse is that this is the second such shooting in as many years as far as my memory can recall. Another resident at the meeting stated this was the third shooting in as many years. Either way…its 1, 2, 3 too many.
Currently underway at Emory are the installation of security cameras, which according to Commander Manlapaz are to be installed by September 30th. It is unclear if these are new or refurbished cameras.
In addition, Councilmember Todd make a commitment to work with the Director of DPR and Deputy Director for Public Safety to have uniformed officers in place. A date certain has yet to be determined.
The City officials also apologized for the way in which last week’s shooting was handled in terms of their response, or lack thereof, to parents concerns. They promised to try harder in the future. Let’s hope the future doesn’t bring another homicide, or any other crime to Emory, or any other recreation center for that matter.
While there was mention of emergency plans that are put in place when such incidents occur, the plan wasn’t wholeheartedly discussed, probably because it didn’t work. Overall parents left feeling that their questions regarding the safety of their children weren’t really answered. I can’t help but feel the same.
With that being said, as I left for the evening, I grabbed the attached Wanted posters for several different crimes which have occurred across the Ward that I am sharing with you in the hopes you will disseminate. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, so does it take a village to keep us safe. Please share and if you see something…say something.
Take care and stay safe.