If you live, work or spend time downtown you will notice that stories of violent acts committed in the area may be reaching all-time high. It is very alarming to hear the stories of hate crimes committed in a so-called “diverse” town. If you have not heard about someone getting assaulted or robbed downtown in the last couple months, it is probably because the media does not want to project this image in a city where the main revenue source is tourism. I assure you, it is happening all around you. As a trusting, tax-paying citizen, you may believe that the authorities are doing all they can to lower this epidemic.
On a recent Saturday night, two of my good friends were written tickets at 2 a.m. for running a red light—on bicycles! I assure you there are many better things to concern an extensive amount of time with at 2 o’clock on Saturday night/Sunday morning than two people running stoplights on bicycles! They had four officers spend over a half an hour writing them tickets and explaining to them just how illegal their acts were. An acquaintance of the two men getting tickets walked by, and in his dismay at the situation [he] uttered an obscenity and the officers threatened to arrest him over it!
I hope anyone reading this letter finds it as hard as me to swallow that the officers were not spending their time on drunk drivers, violent crimes or something much more important!
— Ana Bridge