ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Fox Park resident wants to leave St. Louis police out of the search for her stolen bike. She worries for the safety of the young black man who took it.
Elizabeth Van Winkle, a 10-year city resident, posted fliers around the neighborhood imploring the young man to give it back because “[St. Louis Police] are not known to handle situations with young black men well.”
“This is sort of like a community issue,” Van Winkle says. “A lot of the kids in our neighborhoods are kind of out of hand, and I think we need to be trying to handle this.”
She knows the boy who took the bike, she sees him riding around the neighborhood on it. Even still, Van Winkle doesn’t think the police would help in a stolen bike situation given the city’s larger problems.
She doesn’t trust the current St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department administrative structure.
“I’ve known cops that were nice and honestly had no intention of hurting any kids or any people of color,” Van Winkle said. “But I think there are some people in power right now that need to step down.”
SLMPD did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
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