Columbus Complainers Say Police Tell Them To Move


Some residents in a crime-plagued Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood, are unhappy that police officers are suggesting that they move out, the Columbus Dispatch reports. One of them, Allen Carrel recently called police to tell them about the latest drug deal he watched go down in his South Side neighborhood, and was told, “Well, why did you move here? Why don’t you move out if you don’t like it?’ ” It’s a big enough issue that city lawyers discussed it with Police Chief Walter Distelzweig this week.

A police spokesman said the “solution is not for an officer to tell them to move out.” Jim Gilbert, president of Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, said officers become weary over time. “It’s like the OK Corral out there,” he said. “I know it’s very frustrating for officers on the street, we’re so overworked. We want citizens’ support.”

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