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Community Spoke Doesn't Want Police Help

The bike repair co-op experienced a burglary this week, but they've said police involvement is "at odds with our established points of unity."

The Community Spoke! bike shop experienced a burglary this past week forcing them to close. Though the organization has made efforts to tell the public via their blog and social media channels, they say they do not want police assistance in locating the missing items.

"We feel that the police will interfere with our mission to provide a free and important service to those who decide to use it," says a post on the co-op's website. "To us this is more important than recovering our stolen property or “bringing those responsible to justice.”

Here's more from the post:

"What service can the police provide? Do we actually want the police to target, question, and harass the youth of color of Jamaica Plain on behalf of the Spoke? Would that really help us build a community? Is punishing the people responsible what we want? Is TCS! still a safer space if there is a police presence? Questions like these must be asked when dealing with an event where a crime has been committed. It is, of course, a visceral reaction to call the police, but this could have dire consequences for the folks we serve. We’ve been taught to think that someone who chooses not to deal with the police is guilty of a crime or is hiding something. We need to shed this kind of thinking and understand that communities belong to the people that exist within them. We do not want to fracture the relationships we’ve built through suspicion, aggression, racism, and all the other things the police stand for. The concept of true justice extends far beyond the realm of law."

Representatives of The Community Spoke! emailed Jamaica Plain Patch noting they would like the incident to be referred to as a "burglary" as opposed to a "robbery."

Bret Silverberg November 18, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Comments involving swears or personal attacks will be deleted. Opinions are fine, but please keep it clean.
Maura November 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Bret I would consider the comment above by Stephanie Pershinga "OMG PAT ROBERTS IS ON THE THREAD LOL" to be a personal attack. Has Pat no right to be here? (I don't know wither of these folks.) What are your thoughts on that? Thanks. Maura
Brian L November 20, 2012 at 01:27 PM
The police are always misguided and useless until you NEED THEM.
Heavy D Up In The Limousine November 23, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Does this guy not realize that JP was one of the most violent areas in all of New England just 20-30 years ago? And that it was largely the actions of the BPD that allowed this whole neighborhood to thrive (and yes, gentrify) in the way it has? And that the police broke up an enormous drug ring operating out of JP recently, and that JP gangs have been feuding and tearing apart the Jackson/Hyde neighborhoods for years? That three people were murdered in Same Old Place a year ago? And this guy thinks the police are the bad guys, and that oiling bike chains for free is the answer to society's woes? Dude...the police risk their lives every day keeping law abiding citizens of all races in this city safe and sound. And believe it or not, most people of color actually appreciate it when criminals are arrested and prevented from ruining their neighborhoods. I work with minority families every day, and what they actually hate (seems crazy, but it's true!) is when police do nothing and allow crime to flourish and ruin their neighborhoods. Idiot.
Bob from JP November 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Best post on here that I've read in a very long time. Amazing what a little common sense can do..... +1

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