White People Move to Bed-Stuy, Demand Police Protection

04/28/2011 11:01 AM |

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For one Patch journalist and Bed-Stuy resident, anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a more visible police presence in the neighborhood than there used to be; this uptick in cops coincides with the neighborhood’s diversification, with members of different racial and economic groups now sharing the community.

To put it more bluntly: now that white people live in Bed-Stuy, there seem to be a lot more cops around. But not in a “neighborhood occupation” way, like in the old days.

“When white people come in, they bring more money, which gives the city more resources,” a veteran officer (and black male) told the Bed-Stuy Patch, off-the-record. “They also complain, write, speak up, and say ‘we have a problem over here.’ White people are going to file complaints; black people aren’t.”

The police say that their relationship with the community has suffered from a widely adopted ethos against snitching. But residents fire back that police harass black people as a matter of policy; the officer who spoke to Patch relates a story in which one of his own colleagues almost shot him when he was out of uniform. “You get brainwashed into thinking that everyone is bad,” the officer said.

One Comment

  • When I lived in Bed-Stuy, within the 79th (not the lately more infamous 81st) Precinct, I was once told by a desk officer that they’d recently stepped up foot patrols in response to an uptick in reported muggings. What’d I’d be really curious to hear, I suppose, is what kind of effect an increased police presence has on generally more violent black-on-black crime.