One of today’s front page stories is a scary one: Someone drove up behind a school bus at a stop on Chesnut Street west of Broad Street in downtown Camden and opened fire at a group of men waiting for at least one child getting off the bus.
No one was hurt, thank goodness, but that does diminish the fear that comes with such a crime committed in broad daylight.
That’s why we wholeheartedly support Camden Police Department Chief Joe Floyd’s decision not to cancel 2019’s first “Police in the Park” event at nearby Boykin Park. In addition to Tuesday’s shooting, there have been others nearby during recent months. Floyd said he doesn’t want anyone in the neighborhood thinking the police are abandoning them.
By sticking to the schedule and hosting Saturday’s event (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Boykin Park, he is putting the entire neighborhood on notice: The police are a part of that community, standing with residents shoulder-to-shoulder and won’t back down.
We hope Saturday’s event will give residents the confidence they need to know that the police are there to help them. Hopefully, at least one will come forward and give officers the information they need to know to stop whoever is perpetrating these shootings in their tracks.
Police arrested one suspect last week, but more are being sought. Tuesday’s shooting was a dangerous sign that things could be escalating beyond control.
Let’s not let that happen. Be a part of “Police in the Park” on Saturday. Be a part of the solution.