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  •  Glad you're safe (9+ / 0-)

    I hope the young man who was seriously wounded will recovered.

    I've actually heard every one of the gunshots you list. When I first moved to my current address over ten years ago, the neighborhood was a drug war zone. A night didn't go by without gunfire. I witnessed a shoot out in the street in front of my house. Idiots spraying bullets wildly, blowing out car windows and flattening tires. One bullet penetrated the trunk of the car I'd parked in front of the house. I could hear the bullets whizzing through the leaves of the trees while I was face down hugging the floor in my living room. Thankfully, that was the sum total of the damage down.

    Things improved markedly after the Feds busted half the cops in our local precinct. Turned out they were thoroughly corrupt and up to their eyeballs in the local drug trade. Our streets were lawless for good reason. Our cops were just another drug gang, only worse because they abused their authority and betrayed the public trust.

    The trouble with police work is that it attracts both the best and the worst. Those who take "protect and serve" seriously and those only interested in serving themselves. Add to that the corrosive influence of the money generated by the misbegotten war on drugs and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:37:13 AM PDT

    •  i know that diving to the floor routine. my second (5+ / 0-)
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      apt in the bay area was on o'keefe - and i was up a little bank in a two story - front door was sliding glass off the patio.

      when the automatic was going off, i was pinning the dogs to the floor to keep a low profile.  pinning four dogs isn't easy, btw, especially when they want to go SEE the excitement directly outside the entrance!  the slugs were on the sidewalk - but, fortunately for us, they weren't firing up - they were firing at someone in the next building.

      fortunately, too, they were terrible shooters... didn't hit anything.

      a few years back, a truck in front of this house ended up with bullet holes from a running battle.  fortunately, the folks who were the source have all moved now.  there are no more "crack houses" nearby - mostly families - working parents and young kids.  

      it's changing slowly... thankfully - and, our pd is very small and no chance of corruption.  they are very involved in making epa a really good place to live.  it takes a whole lot of effort, but they are doing it.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:03:31 AM PDT

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      •  oh, okeefe was also epa but the OTHER side of the (1+ / 0-)
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        freeway... the supposedly "good" side.

        now, there's a huge luxury hotel on university on the west side of 101 and that helped clear out part of the troubled neighborhood on the west side.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:04:41 AM PDT

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