Questions Over Added Downtown Greenville Police Presence

With the double fatal shooting in downtown Greenville in the summer of 2009, safety continues to be a top concern for ECU students, downtown businesses, and the city council.

How much should taxpayers be paying to police downtown Greenville? One city councilwoman is concerned they might be paying too much and leaving other parts of the city unsafe.

Councilwoman Rose Glover says the added downtown security has cost taxpayers more than $500,000. So she's asking, "What about the rest of Greenville?" Glover says, "We want to make sure everyone in Greenville is getting protection just as much as those downtown. The policing downtown I think was a knee jerk reaction. What happened was a random act of violence, but in my district I've had more killings."

ECU students we talked with say the extra law enforcement downtown makes them feel safer-but question so many officers in such a small area.

Glover is asking for a new strategy, a plan she says will disperse officers over a wider area, making them more visible in all neighborhoods.

The business owners who spoke at the city council meeting Thursday say they also think there should be more police outside of downtown, but the top concern should not be the cost. They say the issue is safety. Some businesses have actually offered to pay out of their own pocket to keep more police downtown.

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  • by OpenCarry on Sep 11, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    The police have NO DUTY or LEGAL OBLICATION to provide protection or safety for individual citizens. This was established in "Warren v. DC" in 1981, and has been upheld in countless Federal courts. Personal safety is an INDIVIDUAL responsibility. The police are only there to investigate crimes AFTER they happen, and clean up the crime scenes. Take control of YOUR OWN CITY, people of Greenville. It's YOUR responsibility, not the police... Wake up, people...
  • by OpenCarry Location: HAMILTON on Sep 10, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    No matter what the police do ROSE GLOVER will complain.Maybe they should stop her every time she pulls out on the street
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I bartend downtown, and if you have ever walked down there at night, you thank your lucky stars that so many police officers are down there. I appreciate their presence & support the ongoing effort they're making.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Sep 10, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    (the reason being there are 10 times more whites in America than blacks, check the census) Lena from Windsor must have flunked Math as this is impossible. 17% of the U.S. population is black. Multiply that times 10 and you get 170%, a mathmatical impossibility even excluding hispanics, asians, and native Americans.
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    Most employers require pee tests before you can be employeed. Why on earth does the government not require pee tests to those receiving welfare!!!! Makes way too much sense...
  • by lena Location: windsor on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    Move out the welfare folks white and black, the crack heads and the meth addicts and maybe we all will have some peace and quiet. It is not just the sagging pants fools that are causing problems. National statistics, there are more whites on welfare than any other race. the reason being there are 10 times more whites in America than blacks, check the census
  • by So Confused Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    Glover needs to makeup her mind - So the GPD should be in her district, but they "don't treat black people fairly." The GPD should be in her district, but they "racially profile individuals." The GPD should be in her district, but the people don't want to be "hassled" for loitering at 1:00 a.m.
  • by DK on Sep 10, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Thats cause they are more valuable.
  • by Andy Nonomus Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    If the Greenville Police were to go to other parts of town and conduct the same type of operations they are downtown then there would be a cry of "you is harassing us". You can not have it both ways Rose. The people downtown are contributing to the economy of the city a whole lot more than the pants on the floor hoodlums over on the corner are.
  • by Fed Up Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Ms Glover, So if the Police establish a stronger force in "your district" you will then complain that they are targeting young blacks and racial profiling.
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