Some People Get It
- Just before 5 p.m., a Wentworth District sergeant asked for any available cars to stop by 37th Street and Michigan Avenue for an outdoor roll call.
[...] At 5:10 p.m., a lieutenant called the group to order. The officers formed two lines.
One sergeant introduced another, who thanked the group for taking time during a busy shift. (Officers had responded to a shots fired call a few minutes earlier a few miles away and a person with a gun call about the same time.
The sergeant caught Antonio Davis by surprise when she introduced him. He's a heavier man. He wore a "Put the Guns Down" faded black T-shirt and works with a church outreach group in Washington Park called "Pave the Way."
He spoke for only a few seconds. "I support y'all. Anything I can do to help."
He quickly deferred to Ladell Johnson, co-chair of the Wentworth District's advisory council. "I understand what you're going through. You all can't do this by yourself," Johnson said. "It takes a group effort. Don't worry about what the media says. We're here to support you."
It's something. We remember when the residents of the Deuce used to greet us with canned vegetables from eight or ten stories up.
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