One of the unique local organizations in our West Orange County community is the Rossmoor Predator Management Team, founded by David & Rebecca Lara.
Today’s “Local Media” post came to me as a followup to one of the RPMT’s e-mails to their members. It’s written by our “Shooting from the Hip” columnist, David Lara, and touches on a surprising but persistent problem in our communities. By David Lara:
During the past four months, my wife has been battling cancer. Assisting her on the home front during this time, has been her certified nurse assistant, Tiffany. She walks with my wife around the block and if my wife can’t make it, Tiffany walks our 14-year-old Maltese mix “Ernie”.
This morning while walking our dog who was in a halter and had a visible six-foot leash,Tiffany was stopped by the Orange County Sheriff Department. The deputy asked her what she was doing and she replied “I’m working”. Tiffany was dressed in the appropriate nursing uniform. The deputy then requested her identification. At this time, Tiffany again asked “Why, what am I doing that’s wrong?” The deputy demanding her identification made Tiffany feel belittled and embarrassed that the Sheriff would stop her for walking a dog on the sidewalk.
Upon investigation, it has been discovered that the Sheriff Department was notified by a Rossmoor Resident that a suspicious person was letting their dog run loose off leash and that the person was taking pictures of residents’ homes.
We would like to inform the caller that we have seen the sign throughout Rossmoor that states “if you see something call”. The sign fails to mention that they are not referring to a Black woman walking in Rossmoor to immediately call the Sheriff and lie to them concerning her activity.
A few Rossmoor Residents have already showed their dislike for minorities by harassing with acid bombs, another Black executive woman. In addition to the acid bombs, there was harassment at her residence causing her to give up her lease and move out of Orange County.
To the caller and racist who placed this call, if you are wondering what Tiffany was doing all you had to do was say “good morning” and introduce yourself. She is a friendly, hard-working and intelligent individual.
Please know that it’s not a crime to be Black and walk on a sidewalk in Rossmoor.
Dave E. again. As always, your perspective, diplomatically expressed, is appreciated.
This post is also doubling as our weekly Wednesday “Local Media” post where you can also post comments and links to anything of interest to West Orange County residents in any media over the next seven days.