The police in Pinellas Park sure seem to be on a major power trip. Honestly, using a Taser on an unarmed citizen who is only trying to stop a fire is a bit idiotic don't you think? It seems that ever since police all over the U.S. were issued Tasers, there has been an overabundance of innocent people being zapped for no real reason. Just because some police officer either doesn't like someone's attitude, or they don't immediately follow orders, they get tased.
This has to stop. What about innocent people who wear pacemakers? Say some elderly gentleman doesn't immediately respond when an officer orders him to, so the "horribly injured" officer decides to tase the man. What if an officer kills someone doing this . . . maybe someone who is in very poor health but it isn't something visible to the naked eye? Are the police held responsible for this unnecessary assault on the innocent? Heck no.
In this case of the innocent hero with a hose, the police should be held responsible for their rash and wrongful act against the good neighbor. What if someone decided to jump into a river to save a drowning child? Is he/she going to get tased for trying to help? A taser shouldn't be used unless it is the only option left. I hope the Pinellas Park police learn a lesson from this humongous mistake. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!
Kimberley Marlin, Great Falls, Mont.
Subject: Sheriff's Office
Marine unit jumps in to solve problem
When other government agencies say "Not me," the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office gets things done.
For some time there has been a 25-foot-long dock piling floating in the Boca Ciega waterway south and west of Eckerd College. It has been a navigation hazard and an accident waiting to happen. Our neighborhood's residents have reached out to the St. Petersburg police, Eckerd College's marine unit, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and nobody would take ownership of removing this piling. The Coast Guard put out two radio bulletins regarding the hazard to navigation but they weren't interested in its removal.
Recalling comments I have heard about the "can-do" attitude of the PCSO marine unit I called the office of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. His office referred me to marine unit Deputy Kevin Grissinger. Within a couple of hours Deputy Grissinger located and towed the piling to the shore at Maximo Park and notified the city of St. Petersburg to remove it.
Deputy Grissinger could not have been more caring, courteous, or professional, and most importantly, he got the job done when no one else in government would touch it. He no doubt helped prevent an accident and our residents and boaters owe him our gratitude.
Travis Jarman, St. Petersburg