A man was stabbed on the 3300 block of East Marshall Street at around 8pm last night. [via]
Thank you for clearing this up for me. I live on 31st St. I saw the yellow tape and police as I was walking home from downtown. When I asked the police what was going on, I was told, “I cannot say. Watch the news.” Really nice answer. JERKS!
In the future, you may want to call the 1st Precinct directly, 646-3602, and ask for one of the Lts. or Sgts. for information on a crime. I have never had a problem with any officer providing information to me regarding a crime that has happened in the area, whether it be at the site or after the fact. The same individuals who you refer to as “JERKS” are the same ones who may end up taking a bullet to protect an innocent civilian. Their job is tough enough as it is – give Captain Keohane a call and let him know how you feel – he’s very responsive to community input – not to mention being a great guy in general.
cb, I am sorry for the response you got from one of the officers at the scene. It certainly was not appropriate and if I knew who it was I would certainly speak to him or her. We had many officers at the scene that night, and it is possible that it was not even one of your Sector officers. That does not make it better, but I hope it was not one of our officers. We had a lot going on at that scene with a possible second victim we were looking for and the injury appeared a lot worse initially than it turned out to be. In the future, I would ask that you ask for the officer’s name, or just glance at the name tag, and give me a call. We do not need these type of negative contacts with the citizens we serve.
I am sorry that you took the “JERKS” remark personally. It was just a remark. Believe me, I am grateful for those policemen/women that are looking out for me. However, I find it rather interesting that you did not make any comment whatsoever to this incident until I made that remark. It is funny how “unimportant” an issue can be to someone until another makes a remark which sparks a comment back. It is also interesting to me that you seem way more concerned about my off comment than you do about the incident itself. Hello… someone was stabbed. Maybe my friend is right about chpn.net. It is only a sounding board for those who like to vent.
Thank you very much for your understanding my frustrations. I apologize for my “jerks” remark. I was just frightened by yet another incident with the yellow tape and swarm of police. It is scary enough on the “hill”. Having policemen/women that support and understand makes it a little easier. And, I did contact the police department. They would not give me any info. either.
chpn.net. It is only a sounding board for those who like to vent.
I was thinking about getting that put on the next round of t-shirts.
Seriously, though, it is good, I think, that people have a place to vent. What makes running the site rewarding, though, is reading stuff like your first comment to this post, or seeing the connections that get made on posts like the dog story or the breakins over the summer.
Thank you! I appreciate your unbiased support.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
This might seem like a dumb question, but why dont the police have a greater presence on the traditional gunshooting holidays. It would be a great time for them to round up illegal fire arms.
The police had a presence this past New Year’s Day and recovered a fair number of weapons. I’m sure they would like to do more but there are two forces that work against them: gravity and lack of a bullet proof umbrella.
Interesting link to a mythbusters test:
Apparently, bullets fired straight up only come down at about 100 mph. It’s probably not enough to kill you but it would hurt. For comparison, paintballs travel at 200 mph — granted they are not metal. The real danger comes when people fire guns at an angle upward and they don’t have a lot of time to slow down to terminal velocity. I’m not defending anyone. I just thought it was interesting.
From the RPD Web site:
Illegal celebrations of promiscuous shooting on New Yearâ€™s Eve were kept to minimum thanks to the Richmond Police Fugitive and Firearms Initiative. â€œThe majority of the guns were seized over the course of two hours â€“ between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.,â€ said Captain John Buckovich, who heads FFI. â€œWe were also able to confiscate illegal drugs and cash.â€ Items collected from suspects by FFI on Dec. 31 included 30 guns, 4 ounces of cocaine, 14 ounces of marijuana, and $10,000.Buckovich attributes the success of the operation to being in the right place at the right time. â€œUsing information provided by the Crime Analysis Unit, we put our people in areas that had a history of large numbers of random gunfire calls on New Yearâ€™s Eve and areas that had issues with firearm-related violent crimes over the past few weeks. Our strategy paid off.â€
We should have New Year’s Eve more often!
I am wondering, what is the average weekend cocaine confiscation in Richmond? Is it much less than 4 ounces (just over 110 grams)? I would also think that 30 illegal gun confiscations would be a reasonable goal for every weekend. I both commend the PD on their efforts and while I know that it must be a thankless slog to say the least, I exhort them to keep pushing hard to get illegal guns off the streets (and perhaps a stray pit bull or two).
I am impressed. The news clipping above tells a far different story from the 911 dispatcher who sasks “what do you want us to do about it” when I have called in about random holiday gunfire in the past.
I loved your comment. And, please know that the “jerks” remark was not aimed at you. You have been a great help to me.
Crochety Old Guy,
I can relate to your dispatcher remark… I have had similar experiences.
Also, when my daughter’s car was broken into, in front of our home, a few weeks back. The police officer did not come to our home. Instead, he called and took a verbal report. The perps finger prints were all over the car. He threw a stone through the window, he unlocked both the front and back doors, he moved items that he did not take… finger prints were everywhere. And, the officer still has not returned any of my 3 telephone calls and messages.
Maybe I am wrong, but I figure the perps finger prints are probably in a data base somewhere. He is not likely to be Joe Citizen.
The officer probably didn’t try to get prints because surfaces in cars are usually porous or dirty which makes it near impossible to lift prints from. My apt was broken into several years ago and the detective tried to get prints but my windows were to dirty to get prints from.
I was on a ride along in 113 new years and was wishing I had one of those bullet proof umbrellas.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure on a new years eve,
It was like listening to rain drops hit the ground except a lot louder!
CB, if you’re trying to get in touch with the officer that took the report, there’s no point. Once the report has been taken, its assigned to a detective for follow-up and the officer’s responsibility is over (although, they should call you back and tell you). Get in touch with the detective who now has the case. The desk officer can tell you who has been assigned the report.
Dear Mac the Cop,
Thanks for the info. It would have been nice if the person answering the telephone, at the police station, had mentioned that when I explained why I was calling. It would have been even nicer if the cop would have had the courtesy to call me back. Especially since after giving me his name he said, “If you need anything else, just give me a call.”
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