Cripes. Law-enforcement authorities warn us that it’s dangerous to walk to and from at the link light rail stations between “1 pm and midnight” (according to the Seattle Police Department and Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council) because gang bangers are stalking people who use light rail. Crime convey that it’s dangerous to walk in the parking lots of our local supermarkets because of purse-snatching teens. Now we read that dangerous to walk in our neighborhoods because of perpetrators wielding butcher knives.
Is there a point when the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will tell us that it’s too bloody dangerous to live, work and shop in southeast Seattle? The south precinct reluctantly acknowledges an increase of street robberies in the Rainier Valley, but nobody – not the SPD, mayor’s office or the city council (which boasts two people who claim southeast Seattle as their homes) – is undertaking significant steps to correct this situation. Instead, the SPD admonishes people with pithy safety tips (don’t walk alone at night, don’t walk with iPod buds in your ears) that imply that those who are attacked, assaulted, etc. are complicit in what took place.
What will it take for somebody in charge to do something to make the Rainier Valley safer? Are we are our own because the city has written the area off because it’s too hot to handle? Or is the Rainier Valley becoming some kind of “Deadwood” where people pack heat and take matters into their own hands? I hope not, but we’re running out of alternatives.
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