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.