in the scene, the residents seem to be mad at Alonzo and no longer loyal to him. however, the movie is supposed to take place over the course of a few hours. earlier in the film, they were warm and welcoming of him knowing full and well that he was dirty. then when it becomes convenient for protagonist everyone turns on him. did I miss something or is there no explanation?
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You are kidding right? Alonzo was running the hood. He was basically doing a mafia operation. He would do "favors" for people in the projects and in turn that made them beholding to him. You don't remember the scene when he first goes to see his girlfriend and the guys were there in front of the complex? He tells one of the guys how he (Alonzo) got the guy's family member out of jail. And the guy had to thank him. Then he turns to Ethan Hawke's character and explains how much control he has over the people in that complex.
They were glad to be rid of him. But they were scared of him.