So what do you want cops to do about this?
From the Chicago Sun-Times. The 3700 block of W. Grenshaw. 3711 W. Grenshaw, to be exact, according to my google streetview snooping skills. It's not even a horrible looking block, to be honest. I mean, it's not the best looking block. But there are a bunch of well-kept homes. It's a short walk to the L. Two of Chicago's largest parks are within walking distance. You can get a great building with a few units for under $120,000. But, of course, that's not the point. Because of course none of that matter with scenes like pictured above.
I'm certain the neighbors called police. So what should cops do? Short of legalize and regulate distribution, this is what I have never heard a good answer to.
Decriminalizing small-scale heroin possession isn't the answer. Because then police have no legal authority over everybody lined up to buy drugs. And police do need to "do something."
In this case, there was an investigation, the Feds were involved, a big raid, and dozens of people were arrested. That's all well and good. And it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in law enforcement and court costs. It will cost millions of dollars in prison time.
And for what? So now somebody else is selling. At a different house. Now what? Wash, rinse, and repeat isn't good enough.
[Two miles from this house is this block]