I was appalled after reading the article (“City convenes citizen council to help fight crime,” June 18) about how Tracy police officers want residents in the housing projects to help them solve crimes. What really upsets me is that they want us to take part in our own security. I’m all for wanting to keep my family safe, but isn’t it their job to protect and serve?
It’s not our job to help the police by running our mouths. Do they really think that any of us, if we did know anything, are going to say anything? No way. That’s our way of keeping our families safe.
In my opinion, we pay police to keep us safe. If they have no leads of their own, that’s sad, and that’s their problem.
Also, I have a problem with how they talk to us. They automatically assume that we and our children are troublemakers because of where we live. Every time an officer drives by, if we’re walking or in our yards, they shine their lights on us. We could be sitting outside minding our own business, and we’ll be harassed. The officers should be familiar with those of us who live here by now. Harassing us is the same as pushing us away.
The police seem to have no respect or compassion for many of us and our families who have played no part in these crimes. Maybe a friendly wave as they drive by would show us they care, instead of just wanting us to do their job.
— Nina Chavez, Tracy