Some cops have way to much time on their hands...
There was an article in yesterdays Virginian-Pilot about a police officer in Portsmouth Virginia who's been busy chasing down ice cream trucks for playing music. I wrote this response to the paper, we'll see if they print it.
According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime report for 2006, Portsmouth, VA had 869 reports of violent crimes, 5041 reports of property crime, 3587 reports of larceny and theft, 18 murders and 36 forcible rapes. There are more crime numbers in the report, but you get the idea. According to the website idcide.com “Portsmouth's property crime levels tend to be much higher than Virginia's average level. The same data shows violent crime levels in Portsmouth tend to be much higher than Virginia's average level.” I’m sure the residents of Portsmouth are happy to know that one of their finest is chasing down ice cream trucks.
I’d rather see Officer Conrad issuing citations for excessive noise to the punks running around spending more money on car stereo speakers than tires. I hear them all the time, I rarely, if ever, hear the ice cream trucks here in Virginia Beach and I’m pretty sure the sound carries about the same in Portsmouth. I think the only place that’s considered a serious crime is on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach.
I also don’t understand how someone who hits a child hard enough for that child to be, as quoted from today’s article, “rolled onto the hood and was thrown into the road” of a Dodge Caravan, wasn’t cited at least for speeding. It seems to me that if you hit someone hard enough with your vehicle to throw them into the road in a residential area, you were probably speeding. I understand that if someone runs out in front of you while you’re driving you’re not necessarily responsible for hitting that person, but it would be prudent to slow down around an ice cream truck in any neighborhood. Maybe that’s just me.
Lastly, maybe it would be a good idea to teach children not to run out into the street before looking both ways instead of harassing people just trying to make a living.