News and Tribune


September 17, 2012



Reader upset with response from police

To Jeffersonville residents,

Recently, we had an incident in our neighborhood. I heard some commotion and went to investigate. I found my wife in a verbal confrontation with three unknown young men. I stood on my front stoop and bit my tongue while I listened to these boys berate my wife.

I stepped in when they dipped down behind a neighbors vehicle and said let’s see what’s inside. I know they were only being smart alecks, but I had had enough. I walked over and told them to get out of here.

I started following these boys as they were slinging verbal slurs at me. My wife called 911 while I escorted them out of our neighborhood.

When they saw a police cruiser they jumped a nearby fence. After they came out, I again followed as they were running through backyards and bringing others outside.

A friend then pulled up in his truck. As I was explaining the situation to him, he was pelted with rocks. He gave chase while I waited for police.

When the law arrived, we had stopped one of the boys after they had broken a neighbor’s fence. What happened next was surprising. The first cop on the scene started berating us. He commenced telling us what we were doing was a borderline felony.

I was not about to get into a verbal confrontation with a belligerent cop, but never once did any officer ask me what happened. I would have explained how these young imps were verbally abusing my wife (borderline terroristic threatening?) and were shining lights into cars and homes.

I don’t know what these boys were up to. All I wanted was an officer to explain to them that these types of actions were unacceptable and maybe put a little fear into them. Instead all they found was being young punks is OK and the cops have their backs. Kids like this don’t get the proper direction at home and we as citizens rely on law enforcement for help.

After I see how the law responds, I defy anyone to tell me I can protect my home and neighborhood. This kind of stuff doesn’t go on in my home and I’ll be damned if it is going to happen anywhere when I’m around.

So if your neighborhood is full of hooliganism, you can at least partially thank the JPD.

— Ed Johnson, Jeffersonville

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