Nutter for Mayor?

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of other concerned people in the community and hear what Nutter had to say about the city. Some of the major problems in this city are crime and the use of illegal guns. One of the proposed ways to deal with these issues was called the “stop and frisk”. It is said that in New York, the “stop and frisk” helped decrease crime. Nutter feels that this same tactic will most likely work in Philadelphia. In using this method, police officers will be able to stop anyone who they deem suspicious and pat them down. While many community members fear that this tactic will be used more as a threat to the communtiy than as an assest, I feel that it may be just what we need to cut the crime rate and make Philadelphia a safer place to live.

10 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    agreed. i posted something about the success of this method a while back in reaction to an article in philadelphia magazine. http://philadelphia.metblogs.com/archives/2006/11/the_one_with_th.phtml


  2. Mithras (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    *lol* Yes, that’s what Giuliani did. And among other things, it alienated the black community because, of course, the people targeted most are young men in poor neighborhoods. It won’t be rich white hipsters in Rittenhouse Square getting shoved up against a wall.


  3. jen (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    the idea, as discussed in the article, is to concentrate on hotspots, areas with a high incidence of violent crime. if you look at the murders map from last year, there is not a single dot in the rittenhouse square area – so no, they wouldn’t be practicing the stop and frisk there.


  4. Mithras (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Which is one of many reasons that, I am told, black people will not vote for him.


  5. Meghan (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    “…And among other things, it alienated the black community because, of course, the people targeted most are young men in poor neighborhoods. It won’t be rich white hipsters in Rittenhouse Square getting shoved up against a wall…”

    Just take a look at where and by whom these crimes were perpetrated by.

    Jen, I agree with you. That map is a hard dose of reality. One murder is too many – no matter by whom, to whom and where it happened.


  6. Anya (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

    I live in one of the most heavily crime populated areas in the city. I have a blue-box on my corner which is supposed to hide the police camera. I know that it will lead to profiling but I know also that I am tired of my family members and friends being killed for nonsense. What else are we going to do? I am not moving because this is where I grew up and I love Philly. People in rittenhouse square could never identify with what I have gone through. I have seen too many people who were doing the right thing get killed because other people were jealous of thier success. This is real life in the hood and if it takes for these guys to get patted down on the corner than I am all for it. Say what you want but until you live a day in my shoes and live past center city you will never know what really happens.


  7. Mithras (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

    One murder is too many – no matter by whom, to whom and where it happened.

    One murder is too many to have a constitution? Or one murder is too many for a young black man to walk down the street without getting searched? I love how cavalierly people toss other people’s rights in the name of safety.

    Just take a look at where and by whom these crimes were perpetrated by.

    I’m glad we’re being upfront that this will be straight-up racial profiling. So you think black Penn students who leave campus should get bent over police cars, too? Or will black people be allowed to pass freely if they wear nice enough clothes? Maybe they can stitch some kind of symbol onto their clothes indicating they’re not “that kind” of black person.


  8. anya (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    If they are hanging out with thier homies on the corner at 2AM then yes, call it what you want but if your out that late, your up to something. I am an African American woman born and raised in Philly. I have friends from both side of the tracks and I know what goes on after dark. A Penn student shouldn’t be hanging out in front of the store smoking and drinking in the wee hours of the AM. It is a reality, and we in the African American community are suffering most because we are hurting our own people.


  9. anya (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    P.S.- I thought slavery was over. When responding to my blog please use the term African American.


  10. Meghan (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    I got to shake Mr. Nutter’s hand today. He was greeting Septa riders near the clothespin. He’s a really nice, smart guy. There’s going to be a lot of evaluating to do for the upcoming mayoral race!



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