More St. Patty’s fallout

3/10/2009:

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!

disturbing-the-peace-summons-hoboken-nj-sm.jpg“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

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87 Comments on "More St. Patty’s fallout"

hobojack
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hobojack
[quote comment=”142384″][quote comment=”142164″]Steve, Why do you blame the bars? According to some police officers that I talked to, most of the disturbances came from house parties. This parade is sponsored by the City not the bars. Your local politicians want to walk down Washington Street with Governors Senators and any one else they can rub elbows with. They invite a crowed to watch them march and do not provide their guests with port-a-potties like they do during the spring and fall arts festivals. Do they snub this crowd because they are younger and less able to fight the large fines imposed on them by the city? Perhaps they see this as a money making opportunity. How much more would your taxes have gone up if they didn’t write summonses from last years parade. We may be looking a gift horse in the mouth here. So closing the bars (that have restrooms in them) is your answer to solving the madness. Perhaps all those pizza shops, cigarette stores and small groceries that loose so much money that day should pick-up the slack and open their restrooms. Gotta look at both sides of the coin here Steve. Next year when you see someone pissing on your property, don’t have a hissy fit. Go inside and take a big shit. At least you wont loose your shoes.[/quote] Hey Hobojack, I think if the city wants to allow the bars to have thier pub crawls, then they need to take more responsibility. Maybe next… Read more »
hobojack
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hobojack

[quote comment=”142080″][quote comment=”142047″]I’ve had a Hoboken cop brag to me about how long he’s lived in Hoboken when I called to ask a question once, too.[/quote]

Trust me this is a Hobokenism.

Here’s how it works:

1. Do you rent or do you own a home?
2. How long have you lived here?
3. Do you have family who lives here?
4. Do you or your family work for the city (Cop, Fireman, etc)?
5. Were you born here?
6. How many generations of Hobokenites are in your family.

That’s how it works. So, therefore, you opinion only matters with someone if YOU outrank THEM in the hierarchy.[/quote]
GO PACK TO PHILLY

dawnrose
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dawnrose

I love my Crocs.

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

Quite obviously, holding his arms out to be cuffed when the officer didn’t say to was a taunt. So Steve’s state-of-mind or physical actions in front of the cop were pretty crappy, and the cop probably didn’t want to spend the time arguing with him. Let the sarge make the call.

Hope Steve saved some DNA pee evidence!

P.S. I wonder if his stolen crocs were the real ones or the cheapie knockoffs? And who would want to steal crocs anyway?

hobokenj
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hobokenj

Have the parade 4 times a year. Was a GREAT DAY.

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