2011-07-22 / Letters

Fire-Worked Up Against Fuzz

Dear Editor,

I always enjoy the 4th of July in Rockaway. Mainly, I enjoy the sense of community as families travel down with blankets to the beach to catch some local fireworks. I saw this year that there was an unusually high police presence on the beach. OK, safety first, right? This is why I presume you are so actively pursuing those in illegal possession of potentially dangerous fireworks.

Yet in your attempt at maintaining safety, I witnessed a complete threat to it in your attempts. Speeding police cars, dimly lit so as to approach with stealth, nearly taking out small children as you recklessly weaved your way around the dark beach. Unreal …I literally saw a parent swoop up a child to remove her from your path, just in time I might add. It could’ve been a really bad scene.

Isn’t the idea to keep people safe …or were you just so eager to make a bust, that you carelessly ignored all common sense with a single goal in mind? I was really dismayed.

A few minor blasts of color and smoke would’ve been a lot safer than a speeding, dark car on a dark beach, populated with lots of families, including young children.

Consequences of your actions could’ve wreaked a lot more havoc. This is just an observation and a plea to come up with some other way of deterring the fireworks in the future.

If you’re going to endanger beachgoers, then close the beaches. That would sadden me, but not as much as a child run down by a cop overly eager to issue a ticket.


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I visited Seaside Heights NJ

I visited Seaside Heights NJ this past week, a community that has had a problem with gang violence recently. There was a tremendous police presence. However, it was clear to me that the police's primary goal was peace and safety. I witnessed them explaining to a bike rider on the boardwalk, who was riding "after hours" what the "legal" bike riding hours were. But they didn't give her a summons. Later, I saw them respectfully asking a group wearing a gang related hat to remove their hats for safety. They complied. I think the 100th precinct could learn a lot from the Seaside Heights Police force. As for Snookie's arrest last year... well, it was all for publicity! When the police department respects ALL their citizens then the feeling is mutual, as it is in Seaside Heights.

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