Chester’s Facebook friends got the message and came out strong last night to City Hall. For many, they didn’t know they were going to attend a City Council meeting but understood the Facebook post as a stop the violence rally. Either way, it worked to bring the folks out.
Based on the Daily Times article the major revelation is that there is another standing disagreement between the Mayor and some on council. The mayor has been asked to find a new chief of police (commissioner) but it appears that he won’t budge on that request.
Yet, the new chief has put more police on the streets, collaborated with other agencies who bring their resources to the city, started a ‘Old School Policing’ policy showing increased police presence and engagement with residents in the bad areas.
It seems a number of residents want to be under a State of Emergency. Isn’t that like putting yourself in ‘timeout’? That shouldn’t be something you wish for yourself. Who want’s to live under Marshall Law? But, for some, they believe it can’t be any worse than living under the current situation.
Through the magic of cyberspace, Councilman Nichols addressed the City Council throng confirming the existence of major issues with the police department while reminding folks that it take community effort to make a change. (I think that he was preaching to the choir on that one).
Nichols said there were sign-up sheets available for residents that want to get involved in various community programs, and that they should take advantage of the opportunity to take part in those efforts.
“Sign up and step up or shut up,” he said.
If anyone knows what these programs are, please share it with our readers.