2002-04-13 / Letters

Beach 116th Needs Policing

Beach 116th Needs Policing

Dear Editor;

What has to happen on Beach 116th Street before there is a regular police presence. The street is littered all day with drunks, panhandlers, and junkies. You can't walk without being asked for a quarter, a cigarette, or a dollar. Just today, one of the local junkies climbed into the back of a car while the elderly woman owner was in the bank. When she returned to her car, the person in the back refused to get out, and wanted a ride home. The woman became so upset that she ran into a local store for help.

Moments before this happened I passed through a seat belt check in Broad Channel with no less than ten policemen writing tickets. And don't forget our Officer Courtney who would probably give a parking ticket to a bank getaway car.

Yesterday, Butchie, our local bus stop drunk, was again taken to the hospital via city ambulance. This occurs no less than three times a week. I on occasion had to use a city ambulance and was billed about $500 per trip. Who pays for his? But, he is permitted to sit there all day drinking, urinating and defecating on the sidewalk while many parking tickets are being written.

We haven't had a regular beat cop since Officer Kelly transferred out. (Lucky him). I just wonder sometimes what has to happen or what will happen to restore police presence on the street.

I am requesting that my name not be used, because the last time that I complained about the police, my car was singled out for every parking violation and moving violation possible.


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