I was at the Beall's outlet on East Bay Drive, Tues., May 27th. Apparently two individuals were being arrested for shoplifting. I clearly heard the officers ask one suspect her age twice and she clearly replied 15-years-old. The other suspect apparently unassociated with the minor female, was a subdued and calm male of thin stature.
When I left I observed five (5) police units parked in front of Beall's. From a citizen’s perspective this seems excessive considering the suspects were absolutely passive. I really don't want to presume to understand police procedures but with the price of gas is this vehicle use really necessary?
On my way home from work the other night I was beside an unmarked car, at every light all the way down East Bay the officer would gun the motor when the light changed speed up, stop at the next light and then gun it again. It seemed teenager like, but definitely not very fuel efficient and unnecessary.
Last month I noticed at least 15 fire rescue vehicles and trucks parked on 2nd Ave. and in the city hall parking lot for what I assume was a meeting of some sort . . . again is it really necessary? How about driving the giant fire trucks to Publix everyday for the guy’s lunch?
I only ask that common sense is consistently applied and reinforced.
- Peggy Murphy, Largo
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