Citizens Arrest now becoming necessary
Posted in the Indianapolis Forum
#1 Jul 7, 2014
In Chicago police assisted members of the public in placing a Parks Dept board under citizens' arrest for failure to permit mandatory public comments this week. The Citizens Arrest ought to be used more around here in Indianapolis. We ought to have a series of public awareness talks instructing citizens in the use of the citizens arrest under Indiana law so that it can be done correctly and legally. Last month a rowdy protest at the Albuquerque city council meeting led to an attempt to place Albuquerque’s Chief of Police under citizens arrest, but the Chief slipped out of the building before that attempt could be made. Although the New Mexico Attorney General opined that it might have constituted the felony of assault on a police officer, New Mexico has a history of citizens arrests of public servants and the procedure is widely understood by a sympathetic population. As more Indianapolis residents come to realize that the police department can no longer protect them, self-help is what we’re left with in this increasingly violent city. I carry a weapon, as do most landlords, because we are often victimized while working alone cleaning or repairing empty properties between tenants, or handling evictions, showing properties or collecting rent. And even though I’m a vocal supporter of the police, there’s not always one around when you need them. And we frequently have citizens denied their right to speak at government meetings, city code enforcers trespassing on private property, and drunk drivers in every walk of life. Sadly, the drunk drivers now include school bus drivers and police officers. There is heavy use of volunteer firemen in this State. Perhaps we ought to take a page from the olden days and start deputizing our citizenry. If Mayor Ballard and Chief Hite can’t protect us, perhaps Indianapolis needs vigilantes until we find a Mayor and Chief who can regain control. The final tally was announced by Drudge. Chicago had 60 shootings over the fourth of July weekend. Sixty. The writing is on the wall Indianapolis.
Detroit is now shutting off the water to residential customers. Half of Detroit’s water customers are behind on their water bills. But never before in history has a major city shut off the water to a substantial portion of its residents because of non-payment, turning Detroit back into a pioneer town and prompting the United Nations to debate U.N. involvement as human rights are allegedly violated by the intentional shutoffs. I wonder if Cary Lykins plans to begin mass shut-offs of water as the numbers of Indianapolis residents who cannot pay quadrupled water/sewer bills rises. And if he does, can Citizens Arrests be made of Citizens executives and board members for violations of human rights as defined by the United Nations? I have been checking all my rental property bills, and doing a small informal survey of neighbors and friends and other landlords, and I can tell you that the numbers being put out by Citizens for average water and sewer bills are fraudulently underestimated, and now sewer bills are running higher than water bills. I have one property for sale, empty for months, and using no water or sewer. I got an eye popping bill. Detroit residents are having huge spikes in their bills for no apparent reason, and understaffed offices are unable to explain huge increases leading to arrears, and now shut-offs, as Detroit without water becomes a third world city.
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