Most likely, you have also felt the way I have: insecure, and frustrated, here in the city of Worcester.
My name is Belkis Alba; I moved to this city from Florida, with the strict purpose of progressing and contributing to this nation, the same nation that adopted me and I love so very much.
Overachieving, I invested and received all my permits and filled out all the requirements that the law stresses so that I could become a taxi driver.
Once I was signing in to my business, on the 26[th] of May, on Charlton Street, corner of Main [Street], I decided to cross to get some lunch at the restaurant “Los Primos.”
In only four minutes, my belongings from within my car were stolen. More than $1,000 was taken from the expense of my GPS and my iPhone.
I made the report to the police immediately, but it was taken as little to no interest. I returned three times to ask about my stolen belongings. Eventually I stopped insisting after noticing that once I reached the window, I was just another number. This was brought to my attention with the realization of the police having video recording of the robbery, but still had no response when I returned for updates.
So, my friends, I had to reinvest on my working equipment, without any investment on the table, and having to pay the taxi base and the liberty insurance.
Either way, I didn’t let it get to me. I maintained positivity while working at my taxi job. Then I received a call from the work base (Ecualimo) to go pick up a man. This man was of short height, dark skin, and with decayed teeth. The man had asked me to take him to three different locations, and once returning home he said: “ Wait for me here, I’ll be back with 60 dollars”. He entered his building and never returned …
I have also been a witness of the injustice and rudeness of police officers in the area. On many occasions, during my taxi rides, I have come to notice that in different situations a group of officers have followed my car without me committing any faults. They would constantly check the license plate. Then they would realize I had no legal errors in the car I was driving, and would move on to the next vehicle only to repeat the process.
These are my obligated questions:
Why is it that when we try to work, we feel prosecuted, unprotected, insulted, and mocked?
Why is it when we try to make a report, we feel like the police of Worcester treat us like just another number to the list?
Why is it that the responsible citizens that only want to work and contribute get their rights insulted in a vulgar manner? Even if we have proof!
Who receives the rights and guaranties?
Who runs the police? Who do they listen to?
Where is the justice for everyone?!?!
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