Potential Violence Close to Home

  1. There is a racially heated trial going on in St. Petersburg, regarding a cop who killed an African American. When the incident happened riots shocked the community in 1996. Last night walking the dog I saw police helicopters overhead and was wondering what was going on. Now I know. I have some strong opinions about all of this but I'll keep it to myself.

    I live not to far from the area in this picture. The neighborhood I live in is solidly middle class and racially mixed, probably the only part of town that's about 50/50 African American and white and very harmounous, but we border the part of town where there could be trouble, and the trial isn't even over.

    http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/13/Ta...rocks__b.shtml
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    I'm sorry Tweety... sadly, many innocents get caught in the crossfire.

    Hope things can cool off a bit for everyone involved... stay safe. :kiss
  4. by   MandyInMS
    Yikes..hope the trial is over soon for all involved...be careful out there Tweety!!!
  5. by   eltrip
    Tweety,
    Hate that this is happening! Be safe!
  6. by   nekhismom
    Be very careful, Tweety. Maybe there are some back roads, so to speak, that you can take to stay away from that part of town???

    What's really ironic is that at the bottom of the article, there is a link to a story about 2 new nursing programs opening. I guess they will be needed.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Be careful Tweety! I was a small child during the Detroit riots in 1967 and I remember my dad driving me to school in an old truck with a gun under the seat! We lived in a poorer neighborhood at that time and we were brand new to the area.
  8. by   Torachan
    I wonder if all three stories are linked? Riots = patients/whom are uptight = army welcomed with open arms to protect the hospital
  9. by   gwenith
    Tweety I do not have the answers as to why America is so prone to these events but I sincerely hope that one day they will be a thing of the past.

    Take care
  10. by   smk1
    tweety you keep safe and keep your eyes and ears open! just try to stay out of the potentially dangerous areas unless it is absolutely necessary and try to find alernate routes if possible.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am sorry Tweety. Lord, what can I say?
  12. by   jemb
    Yikes, Tweety! Hope it all turns out reasonably!

    When the Rodney King verdict came down in 1992, I was working at a hospital just a few miles from where the riots started. It was very scary! Many nurses on duty then couldn't leave the hospital for two days. I was not on duty that day, but it was terrifying driving to and fro for the next week or so.
    I worked on an upper floor, and fires were visible within blocks any direction we looked.

    The National Guard was called out, and curfews were enforced. Those of us who had to drive after curfew were stopped and questioned more than once. Even in daylight it was eerie seeing military vehicles and so many burned out buildings in the neighborhood. For the most part, the streets were deserted.

    We were encouraged to run lights after slowing to check for cross-traffic. Those who stopped sometimes had their cars hit and windows broken with bricks and bottles. I was lucky -- some of my coworkers were not.

    Hopefully, the situation where you live will not come to this! Please be careful!!!
  13. by   Tweety
    jemb, how horrible and unnecessary to have to work and live like that.

    All is well here. But we are anxiously awaiting the verdict. I was afraid to go out at night the other night, but I thought I wasn't going to be a hostage and went about around 2AM to the gym and shopping.

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