Originally Posted by SteelTown
^ There's a lot of cities that does the yellow star. I believe Ottawa does.
I thought we did already have this set up? Why else would there be yellow stars on the sidewalk in certain parts downtown?
What Giuliani did was out-of-control!! NYC DID have a huge problem with crime, prostitution, etc. What he did DID help, but he's not 100% of the reason why NYC turned into (arguably) the world's greatest city. The fact that his terms as mayor was after the recession doesn't hurt either.
Hamilton is not NEARLY suffering as badly (crime wise) as NYC of the 80's/early90's. WHY would we subject our city to that type of policing. It's more like military-state.
I don't want to be walking through Gore Park and have a cop pull me aside, embarassing me with loads of questions just b/c my style "fits the profile of a drug dealer in the area" which is exactly what would happen since I have a parka with (edit: FAUX)-fur on it!
When this type of "policing" is accepted by city staffers, it allows cops to do whatever they want to whoever they want. And that, imo, is a violation to ALL our rights: poor, rich, middle class, black, white, brown, etc etc etc.
The whole idea of a police-state scars the crap out of me, and I (for one) would avoid a police-state'esq downtown. It all sounds so Stonewall to me *shudders*.