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The 'angel' of Skid Row

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  1. COTUR1@43

    [email protected] Brown Belt

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    The 'angel' of Skid Row: Cop who made one of America's worst areas 'safer and cleaner' by helping homeless find housing, teaching women self-defense and not focusing on arrests - and never once fired his gun

    Deon Joseph is an LAPD officer who has worked the Skid Row neighborhood for 17 years
    Skid Row is one of the poorest areas in the country, with 2,000 people sleeping on the street every night and rampant, and open, drug use
    Joseph has made a point of building relationships with the people in Skid Row, and trying to help them improve their situation
    He hands out his cell phone number and email, as well as hygiene kits and flyers that help people apply for affordable housing
    He also teaches a women's self-defense class called Ladies Night
    Joseph has never fired his gun once during his time as an officer - and says he does not intend to

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    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ng-arrests-never-fired-gun.html#ixzz3Nt48keG3
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  2. TTech

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    My hat down to him. Its so easy to despise cops nowadays when the majority focuses on punishing people who already have nothing and on small stupid violations "because its the law" with no consideration for circumstances of the offense or offender... Helping people? Ha! The last thing on anyones mind, you always hear "thats not my job".
    Its everybodys job as a human being.
    Wish more police officers were like him (duh).
     
  3. KILL KILL

    KILL KILL Gold Belt

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    The media usually chooses to focus on the very small (I mean incredibly minute) percent of police officers that don't hold up to the value and integrity of what a police officer should be. This has drastically warped the perception of so many people in this forum, that it's ridiculous.

    It's good that they are finally showing the positive that the majority of police officers do.
     
  4. threelions

    threelions Black Belt

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    I think it has more to do with the fact cameras are everywhere now and police are getting caught abusing their power on many occasions. That alone isn't going to help, the fact that even when caught on camera most cases end with those that abuse their power getting paid time off followed by being cleared of any wrong doing has poisoned peoples opinions.

    It's all fine to say it's just a few bad apples but when the rest of the good guys give them a pass and even protect them then of course people will form a pretty shitty opinion of them.
     
  5. Greoric

    Greoric Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Imagine the system where guys like this would get paid more, and the bad ones got selected out of the police swiftly.
     
  6. KILL KILL

    KILL KILL Gold Belt

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    Then vilify their bosses for not taking action or the da for not prosecuting, not the 100,000 other police officers that had nothing to do with the event.

    Johnny, the deputy in Tennessee didn't jump on Eric Garner. He's too busy with his own job and raising a family. However, some of the assclowns in here will call him a pig, or even worse, call for his death.

    It's absurd.
     
  7. Toothless King

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    There are no drive-by from gang retaliation in skidrow.

    The only thing you need to watch for is homeless people with schizo who might go apeshit on you out of the blue.
     
  8. Possum Jenkins

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    Bill Maher had a great line about this on one of his monologues a few weeks back:

    Directing himself to cops: "That 'To Protect and Serve' thing? It's meant for us, not for you."

    Cops should be doing this on the regular. This shouldn't be news or noteworthy. I mean, it's good that one cop lives up to pledge they all make, but we shouldn't act like they're regular civilians that are serving people out of the goodness of their hearts. They get paid to do so.

    That 1% of them are abusive assholes- or worse- is already too much.
     
  9. Rod1

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    Holy shit, he is jacked as fuck, no wonder he doesnt needs his gun.
     
  10. Edison Exotic

    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    I think some people are missing the point of this story. It less about "oh look some cops are nice" and more about "oh look, American city administrations don't give a shit about their homeless population".

    In St. Louis, there is a battle to shut down one of the cities biggest homeless shelters. Its run by a local evangelist but local residents near the area cite that it causes tons of loitering, crime, and drugs in the area.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/...cle_d6ed0c5c-7d0f-5c38-b379-76db0ed3061c.html
     
  11. Toothless King

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    Same thing with skidrow.

    Down the street from Skidrow homeless shelter are $500,000-$1,000,000 condos and expensive department stores. That's why a lot of wealthy local residents want to shut down Skidrow homeless shelter and ban charity groups such as Monday Night Mission from feeding the homeless.

    This homeless problem is not a police issue, but a society issue.
     
  12. Edison Exotic

    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    In the STL case, I'm personally siding with the shelter on it. The expensive bars and restaurants in Downtown STL cause more crime and drugs than the shelter does, and many area shelters run by various local municipalities have all been shut down or defunded. Even if the one in the STL story was causing issues, then the city should be working to provide shelters and opportunities else where instead of just boarding up this one with no back up plan.

    Seriously, what do the wealthy condo developers think is gonna happen when the shelters on Skidrow close and all the homeless come down and start robbing and stealing from their condos and new store fronts?
     
  13. Edison Exotic

    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    CNN ran a similar story on Officer Joseph and I read it else where a number of months ago as well. His story has been making the rounds in the past year or so.
     
  14. kuromusha

    kuromusha LONZO LOOMS 2019

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    My friend had a field trip with him back in high school. Said he was really cool guy.
     
  15. Ayin

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    A fair number of people in this sub-forum seem to firmly believe that all, most, or at least the influential members of a group are required to actively speak out about the actions of others who are considered to be in their group (even if they themselves don't believe that is the case) and that failure to do so is effectively support of those actions. There are fairly common calls for the 'Muslim Community' to denounce group X or Y, or for the 'Black Community' to collectively take A or B action, as if those two groups are single, harmonious groups.

    That being the case, I completely expect the same sentiment to be applied to Johnny, the deputy in Tennessee.
     
  16. nefti

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    What they think is this:

    This may happen for a period of time until the first local election (and if it gets to bad we will hire a private police force to protect our customers) and then these homeless people will be moved to another area where the land isn't as useful.
     
  17. Edison Exotic

    Edison Exotic Excellence of execution belt Platinum Member

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    You're right. Then the cycle will repeat itself.
     
  18. nefti

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    perhaps , it has been going on since man had communities.
     
  19. oldshadow

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    Good job, he is adjusting his policing to the area as needed.

    That
     
  20. Scrody

    Scrody Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Lol first thing I thought. That's a nuclear cop.
     

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