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Playing judge’

Franci Rooney | Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear Ryan Kreager,

Your whole letter (“Anger at SB Police is hypocritical”, Sept. 1) was wrong, but I’m going to focus on one part, which was so wrong that I’m writing this letter when I could be out encouraging underage drinking, or other fun leisure activities.

You attempted to make the point that it would be a bad thing for police officers to decide whether to arrest people or not. That’s their job. It is their responsibility as officers of the law to make educated decisions about situations. When someone gets a warning for driving over the speed limit, the police officer made a conscious decision not to issue a ticket. This would fall, I guess, under crimes that are “simply ignored.”

If a police office mentioned that he or she didn’t drag a dozen 20 year olds to jail for underage drinking because they were dealing with an armed robbery, I would say they were doing their job.

The last thing we want is not the police “playing judge,” which happens every day. The last thing we want is the police officers playing judge and making the wrong choice — which they did this weekend and again on Monday night.

The last thing we want is a self-righteous, illogical diatribe in the paper. You sound stressed. Chill out. Have a beer.

Franci Rooney


McGlinn Hall

Sept. 2