This is a video I took at a community meeting in Long Beach January 8, 2020. Commander Patrick O’Dowd is giving an update to the Belmont Heights Community Association about a sexual predator stalking women and girls in the neighbordhood. Here’s the part I want to highlight to this group.
- Commander O’Dowd says that it is good to go on Nextdoor, as people have been doing, and warn others about the man, but that is not a replacement for giving a police report. 01:11:00
- Commander O’Dowd, while still encouraging people to actually call the cops AND post Nextdoor rather than JUST posting on Nextdoor, said that East Division will now be actively monitoring Nextdoor. 51:02:00
- Commander O’Dowd said they want to look at Nextdoor history and see who all said they had an encounter with the man and talk to those women or girls. And going forward they want to monitor Nextdoor. 14:18:00
People are so used to “reporting” things on social media that they are not trained/too impatient/reluctant to actual file police reports. So Commander O’Dowd now has to expend resources monitoring Nextdoor in order to keep on top crime in his designated area. The thing is, Belmont Heights is a mostly White, upper middle class area. It is not a neighborhood that has a historically “complicated” relationship with police.
It’s nothing new that the feds scour social media for terrorist threats, jihad forums, white nationalist websites and whathaveyou. But to have a white, upper class neighborhood where the division chief basically says “Well, since you all are so lazy and won’t file reports, it is hindering my ability to bring this sexual predator to justice. So now I’ve got to spend resources scouring Nextdoor for what you guys report about this perv.”