Lt. Hood presented an update* tonight on the local crime situation. Anybody who knows him knows he doesn’t pull punches. Among the most concerning comments he made was about the strain the Occupy Richmond movement puts on the police manpower at a time when all available resources should be patrolling our streets. Any public event now is fair game, so when the Mayor speaks at the Marriott, Occupy Richmond is not far behind and the RPD is enforcing crowd security and maintaining public order. For a group that is so concerned their own rights, they show little regard for the residents of Greater Jackson Ward. Wherever they go, so go the Richmond Police and so go our tax dollars. Some of us hope they make themselves at home in South Richmond. I can’t feel much sympathy for the Mayor. He helped create this problem. Now he will get to experience what the rest of us have been going through for a month now. Sadly, so will his neighbors.
*I’ll address this separately later today.