More St. Patty’s fallout
Uptown Hoboken resident Steve had the unfortunate incident of an out-of-town St. Patty’s Day Parade reveler relieve himself on his property. What ensued afterward was a bit ridiculous.
Ticketing the wrong people!
“From inside my home I noticed a green shirt urinating on my property. Because I care about Hoboken and my home, I dialed the HPD, then went outside to confront the green shirt: Sean D. of Homdel, NJ. I told him not to move as the police were on their way. He finished urinating, zipped his pants, and began to run. I pursued him. I quickly removed my Crocs. I couldn’t run in them, even at Dunne’s unsteady and relatively slow pace. The police responded quickly. I flagged down the patrol car, and officer F Rivera demanded both of our IDs. I retraced my steps, 1/2 block back to my house to retrieve my license. My Crocs were gone, apparently taken by another green shirt.
When I returned with my ID, Officer Rivera dangled his handcuffs and threatened to arrest both of us. Dunne denied having urinated in public, said I had mistaken him for someone else, and accused me of having assaulted him. I protested angrily but far from uncontrollably at the blatant lies. Officer Rivera, still dangling his handcuffs ominously, proceeded to lecture me, telling me he’d lived in Hoboken 42 years, his entire life. The length of his residency had, it seemed to me, exactly nothing to do with the situation at hand. I thought to myself, we’re both Hoboken residents, shouldn’t we both want to stop green shirts from urinating all over our town – regardless of how long we’ve lived here? In any event, I presented my wrists to Officer Rivera. Backing down from his arrest threat and lowering his handcuffs, Rivera dispatched his partner to check w/ the Sergeant for instructions. His partner returned seconds later, and promptly fulfilled the Sergeant’s instructions: summonses for disturbing the peace were issued to the green shirt… and to me! Although Officer Rivera refused to issue Dunne a summons for public drunkenness, he was apparently given an additional citation for urinating in public.
City cares more about themselves, than residents
I guess I was naive to believe having one’s home pissed on, and one’s shoes stolen while pursuing the perpetrator might, perhaps, earn me a ‘thanks’ from the police. Instead, I was ticketed. What kind of message does this send to the citizens of Hoboken? Answer: If you see someone trashing our town – or your property – DON’T call the cops. If you see a crime, look the other way. Don’t get involved.
The message we hear from other City authority figures is similar: sit down, shut up. Write a check. I’ll raise your taxes, put my friends on City payroll, and I’ll put them on City health care – eligibility be damned. I’ll vote to approve tax abatements that benefit a vocal minority. I’ll sign off on golden parachute retirement deals, raise salaries, and pack the schools, the hospital, and City Hall with with patronage jobs.
These are the messages that are being sent. I’m not listening. I will not lie down, sit down, or shut up. And I hope you won’t either. Vote in the upcoming Board of Eduction and Mayoral elections. Vote for candidates that will lower expenses, reduce taxes, and make government accountable to the governed. And for God’s sake, vote for candidates who will put an end to the St. Patrick’s Day madness: candidates who specifically endorse either moving the parade to a weekday, or closing the bars on parade day.
11th St. Steve“