Something strange is happening in 75 percent black Birmingham, Alabama. Something very strange. [Black Lives Matters calls for change to Birmingham PD's violence reduction initiative, WBRC.com, 1-25-17]:
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -A local advocacy group is calling for a change in a program the Birmingham Police Department uses to get criminals off the street.Wednesday, residents in the Central Pratt City neighborhood and members of the Black Lives Matter organization say around noon Tuesday, the neighborhood was terrorized.
They captured pictures that show officers with guns drawn and a number of vehicles in the neighborhood.
They described one of the vehicles as a “tank.”
Residents say when they asked police what was going on they were told it was all part of the Violence Reduction Initiative.
One family says officers came to their home with a search warrant, looking for the grandsons of the woman who lives there.
"When we got to the door and opened the door they put guns in our faces and told us to get on the floor,” said Cynthia Smith. “And I told them my sister has had three strokes and she really couldn't get on the floor because her leg was really hurting it yesterday. Said he didn't care, get on the floor and put your hands up."
Neighborhood President Eric Hall says the way the family was unfair and that the violence reduction initiative needs to be reformed.
"Yes, we want to feel safe. We want to be protected. But we do not need this over saturation of police presence in our communities, especially at a time like this when America is trying to bridge the gaps between community and policing,” he said.Sources say the men police were looking for are accused of selling rifles and body armor piercing bullet of the home police searched.
They say it was neighbors who alerted police to this situation.
Officials in the police department and mayor’s office are not commenting on the case, as it is still under investigation.Any attempt to make life better in Birmingham equates to making life "whiter" in the eyes of black Birmingham residents, as evidenced by this immortal Birmingham News story from March of 2016:
Resident after resident stood to complain - loudly. Not so much about the rift between the mayor and council. Not much about the failure of schools to give Birmingham students an adequate shot at success in the wide world. Not about increasing violence and crime in a city that is historically high in those things.
The complaint was about white people. That development in the city put Birmingham in danger of drawing more of them.
"White supremacists run Birmingham because gentrification runs Birmingham," one speaker said, adding that Mayor Bell is the "puppet" of white people.
Another argued that Birmingham suffers when neighborhoods like Avondale boom. Birmingham should not be allowed to gentrify, she said.
Another came right out and warned that if development continues a white mayor will be elected, and everything fought for in the 1960s will be for naught.It's quite simple: high rates of black crime keeps property values down, businesses close, and outside investment away. In short, it keeps black people in power.
Any improvement in quality of life instantly is attributed to white people and their presence.
This, this is why black people are against law and order.
Law and order = white people.