[OutVoice] Safety Tips: Some Information That May Prove Helpful!!!
CScandelle at aol.com
CScandelle at aol.com
Thu Jun 15 18:51:28 EDT 2006
After making some phone calls today to several police precincts (here in
Brooklyn) local and in NYC. I spoke with a few detectives and information people
about reporting incidents and receiving assistance during assaults \ bashing
Unfortunately, there is no hotline or special Hate Crimes Dept with a direct
1 800 tel no.
(Which is something that should be looked into - wouldn't you agree?)
So for now-- what we should be telling our friends, family and fans is that
if you or someone you know are witness to an assault/Hate Crime here are
some tips that could help.
Please be sure to pass this info on to as many people as possible - though
most of this is "common sense" ...
as we now know--- it still needs to be reinforced- remember lives are at
1.)Get to the nearest telephone and dial 911 immediately.
2.)Give the location of the crime first then give all the details you can
3.)Try to retain as much information as possible when reporting the crime
(this is crucial when submitting evidence for apprehending the assailants as
quickly as possible if they manage to leave the scene before police arrive.)
Use language that they can understand - such as "the victim is a Black Male
in his ... being attacked by four assailants ....
3.)Be sure to include the number of people involved including race, age
groups, body types, clothing, vehicle description any information to get the
police on the trail as quickly as possible. Including what direction the
assailants went in etc.
4.) BE READY TO TESTIFY AS A WITNESS. This part is also very important
sometimes in this crazy world, it takes more than an unfortunate victim (trust me
on this I've been through the legal system with this on a different level
and it could work against us if the crime isn't being caught on tape/film and
no witnesses step forward)
Our goal with reporting these hideous crimes is to make the most severe
charges stick! So please pass this on to everyone you know and make sure that
everyone understands that "numbers do count" when police need evidence not
caught on film.
5.) Awareness is key! Keep things fresh as possible by reminding others to
pay attention to what is happening. Also if you can take names and telephone
numbers of others standing nearby that may have witnessed the attack.
I'm sorry to say this-- but I didn't feel very reassured after talking with
any of these people today. So I feel its really up to each and everyone of us
to look after our own!
If you see a friend leaving a bar alone late at night or otherwise... think
about joining them for more safety.
SO SPREAD THE WORD!! FEEL FREE TO ADD MORE INFORMATION AND PASS THIS ON!
MAYBE WE SHOULD GET FLYERS POSTED UP IN THE STORES, BARS, ETC TO HELP SEND THE
BE SAFE BE HAPPY BE YOU!
ALL MY LOVE,
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