Brickbats: August/September 2020

After a skate park in San Clemente, California, was closed (along with other city recreation facilities) to promote social distancing, skaters ignored “no trespassing” signs and continued to use it. So officials dumped 37 tons of sand in the park. Then dirt bikers showed up to enjoy the new facility instead.

Jackson, Tennessee, Fire Department Battalion Chief Gregory Pewitte resigned after admitting to hacking a fellow battalion chief’s email and sending a racist message about himself to others in the department.

A member of the Vallejo, California, planning commission resigned after a Zoom meeting of the body during which he tossed his cat off-screen, was seen drinking beer, and could be heard cursing at someone.

Code enforcement officers in Ottawa, Canada, gave 17-year-old William Vogelsang a ticket for more than $700 ($500 U.S.) for shooting hoops by himself in a city park. The city had closed the basketball courts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

A Claiborne County, Tennessee, sheriff’s deputy who fired his gun into traffic on Interstate 75 for no apparent reason has been sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of unsupervised probation and a $2 fine after pleading guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The officer who investigated the matter had recommended the shooter be fired and charged with a felony.

In England, the Lancashire police department has suspended an officer caught on video threatening to invent a reason to arrest a man. The officer, who wasn’t identified, pulled the man over and ordered him to hand over his car keys. When the man protested he hadn’t done anything wrong, the officer said he could “make something up” and added, “Who are they going to believe, me or you?”

In England, the South Yorkshire Police Department has apologized for ordering a family out of its own garden. Video of the encounter shows a police officer telling a couple and their two children they had to stay inside their home because of the coronavirus. In fact, the nation’s shelter-in-place rules explicitly allow people into their yards and

You can read the rest of this article at: https://reason.com/2020/08/01/brickbats-august-september-2020/