A police car was sitting there, lights spinning at the top, as a sign to the community that cops are on the lookout. Officers were nearby.
Another police car, with officers casually standing near the vehicle, was several blocks to the north, on Flatbush Avenue at the corner with Rutland Road.
In both cases, officers were doing what police do at their best - keeping the peace.
This action on the part of the 71st pct. follows a horrible series of shootings last weekend, one of which took place on Lenox Rd., right near where the cars were sitting this evening.
It has long been clear to me that the very presence of police officers, or even just a police car, near a threatening hang-out spot is a great thing. It means people will feel freer to stroll with their children.
Thugs, who menace others walking by, especially women, tend to turn on their heels when police officers are around. I've seen this over and over again.
Given all this, it is something to see Bloomberg and Ray Kelly dig their heels in and continue to insist that stop and frisk is a good thing.
It's just a matter of ego with them, because the number of stops seems to have been going down, and police officers seem a lot friendlier as they go about their business these days. This is what I've noticed.
Bloomberg and Kelly have been under great pressure - lately even from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder - and they could not continue the policing methods of the past few years - stopping and frisks hundreds of thousands of black and Latino men on the streets.
From what I've seen recently, especially this evening, people these days are much more likely to have warm and grateful feelings toward the everyday cop on the beat.
This is common sense policing.
And to the extent that it comes from Ray Kelly, it's because of pressure from the outside - and probably also pressure within his very own police department, at the grass roots level of the boroughs.