Neighbors Near Police Shooting Say Drugs Are A Big Problem

Neighbors Near Police Shooting Say Drugs Are A Big Problem

The problems aren't confined to one or two streets, but the entire Northeast Memphis neighborhood. Residents worry about who's living next door.
MEMPHIS, TN -- A known drug house. That's how neighbors and Memphis police describe the home on Mendenhall Cove where two officers were shot and killed Friday morning.

The problems aren't confined to one or two streets, but the entire Northeast Memphis neighborhood. Residents worry about who's living next door.

Neighbors kept stopping by to see the crime scene Friday, many expressing their dismay. They say drugs are a big problem and they're scared

"I've been over here for 16 years now and I have seen a big ole change come to this neighborhood," says Louis Tate. "We've got a lot of people that's selling drugs in this neighborhood now."

The crime's getting worse and worse for Tate. "You never know. It could be your next door neighbor, it could be someone down the street that is selling drugs, you never know til they get busted."

Nearly every day, Memphis police officers are called to the neighborhood. In the last six months, dozens of police reports detail officers finding drugs and narcotics.

"From meth to weed to cocaine," Tate tells abc24.com. "It has really festered in this neighborhood over the last five years."

Dangerous activities that turned deadly for Memphis police Friday morning.

"It's devastating," says neighbor Christopher Wallace. "I can't get to my house so I'm just looking." Wallace lives on the cove where the officers were shot. He knows the accused shooter.

"It's one of my neighbors. They're real quiet," he says. Neighborly trust no longer exists for Tate, who says the area's home to gang members. "I'm scared of them, especially when they're walking in groups."

"You never know, some young kids have got shirt off, tatoos showing, pants hanging off their butt, looking like they're ready to just do anything. I shouldn't have to feel like that."

Some residents told us they're afraid to report crimes, saying those committing them have no respect for life, that fear was proven Friday.
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