Ride Along

Our first call this day was on Fairmount Avenue, just a few blocks east of my church.  Wen we arrived, a man saw the Roman collar and greeted me, "Good morning, Father."  As the police officer was doing his job, I took advantage of the opportunity to photograph the wall up the street.  As I was taking the pictures, a man said to me,"I'd tell you to take a picture of me, but the feds already have a picture of me."

We had a sick call for Potomac at Elliott Street.  As we approached, Dave's friend flagged us down.  The officer knows the family and talked with Dave who is homeless.  As the ambulance arrived, his friend told him, "That is your ride coming.  That's your hack."  He had drunk a fifth of vodka that morning and was on his way to get lunch.

We had another sick call at Toone and East streets.  Melvin was not making sense and said tat he was going home.  The officer told him that he wants him on the bus when it comes.

Our next call was for when an irate citizen punctured the tire of a City vehicle.  The employee was issuing parking tickets and one of the vehicle was a pick up truck in the block.  I took pictures of the damage in the event that their cell phone did not get what they needed.  The father of the vehicle said that he needs to talk to his son about his temper and he told the police that he appreciates what he is doing.

From there we went to a house on East Baltimore Street where the back baseman door was open. Other officers went inside and we stayed out from in the event that somebody tries to escape from the front.  There might had been flees in the basement of the house.

We ten had a very pleasant conversation with some drug dealers.  I hope to go back there  in the future and meet with them again.

We did did a back-up for a traffic stop and then did a commercial stop at Highlandtown Gallery.  The owner, Felicia Zamnino-Baker was fantastic.  We enjoyed a very nice and informative visit and she told me about Kevin Cooper who interfaces with the people who go to the soup kitchens in the area. 

Periodically during the day an officer would do a "commercial stop."  He goes into a commercial business and just asks if everything is OK.  This is routine. 

Another call was a destruction of property at a store.  Two girls were involved and one was very streetwise.  They were permanently banned from the store.

Then we had a destruction of property call.  Two young men were seen leaving a house with a laptop.  They were quickly apprehended.  As they were sitting on the sidewalk, one of the officers said to them, "Do me a favor, cross your feet for me."  They were placed under arrest and taken away in the van.

As we were back at the scene of the crime and finishing up, two women approached us and one told us that her cell phone was snatched.  She did not speak English, so we had to get an interpreter. 

The officer took me to the church where I ended the day.  When we got there, I pointed out to him some of the concerns that our neighbors have.

 

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I would love to see more art like this on walls.

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This is the tire that was punctured by an irate citizen.

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We received a call about this house being open. The basement was a health hazard.

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