Is It Time to End the San Marino Police Department?
Why does little San Marino even have its own police department? Thatquestion demanded an answer last Thursday evening when an army of anarchists ofthe ‘Occupy’ movement assaulted a private residence in the middle of San Marinofor the third time.
Obviously deferring to protesters who have apparently declared open season onSan Marino’s homes, the officers from the San Marino Police Department and fourother neighboring law enforcement agencies stood idly by as self-proclaimed‘protesters’ again descended on the home of longtime resident, civic leader,youth soccer coach, Honorary Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and Tribune Citizen ofthe Year Tim Sloan. The ‘Occupy’ mob trapped his wife and daughter insidewhile they trespassed on the Sloan’s Woodstock Road property.
San Marino had only three or four officers on duty at the time. When our policechief finally arrived (ninety minutes after the attack) the SMPD had to rely onmutual aid from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel beforedeclaring an unlawful assembly two hours after protesters showed up! Werethey lawful for the first two hours? How long is a mob allowed to threateninnocent women and children in San Marino? During the time it took the policeto end the threat to the homeowner, you could toss an overnight bag into yourcar, cruise up the 101 Freeway, check into a bed & breakfast in SantaBarbara and sip a glass of wine on the patio before our police could decidewhat charges to file.
This third infringement on the Sloan residence asks another question: Iseverybody fair game in San Marino just because they have a good job?
Three times now, and this was the worst. Three times!
And what of our police department? Are they still operating under orders fromthe city council members “don’t do anything. Don’t chase the bad guys. Get themacross city limits where they are someone else’s problem.”
Are they prohibited from protecting us by a council’s fear of a lawsuit? That’swhat The Tribune believes. Are they really told to circle the block two timeswith sirens blaring just to make sure the bad guys get away so our SMPD won’tcatch anybody and maybe get sued?
Since when did a private residence become a public protest area? Under the law,it is not, but apparently if you live in San Marino, have a job, pay taxes andare a responsible citizen you are a target for any group with a gripe. It’shigh time for City Attorney Steve Dorsey to seek an injunction to keep peopleoff the Sloan’s and any other local property these trouble-makers attempt touse as a platform for their ‘cause.’ If they want to protest here, let them geta permit for Lacy Park. That same group got permits to march around DowntownLos Angeles on Tuesday to celebrate the worldwide communist worker’s “May Day”observance.
What about our San Marino Police Chief John Schaefer? Is he acting on ordersfrom the city council to stand down or is this his attitude towards policework?
Our men, women and children are now targets of any protester group that can getto San Marino. What is needed in response is a clear message from this policedepartment and this city council to the anarchists: Enough is enough.
If the San Marino Police Department won’t defend San Marino and our residents,it’s time to ask Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to take over. Sheriff Bacais a longtime San Marino resident. He raised his family here. He lives here.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is not afraid to defend innocentwomen and children inside their homes. The SMPD apparently is afraid to do justthat. Rest assured that the Beverly Hills Police Department would never allowany group to target one of its families and force a mom and daughter to hide intheir own home while they stood and watched. Our sister newspaper, the BeverlyHills Courier, can attest to that.
If the SMPD can’t (or won’t) defend a family from terrorists, it’s time to endthe SMPD and bring in the Sheriff’s Department. Tell Mayor Richard Sun and theSan Marino City Council, “Defend us or do away with our police department andget us some real law enforcement.”
Call or write our city councilmembers. Tell them how you feel. Demand answers.If you don’t, maybe they’ll occupy your house and terrify your family.
And, by the way, you don’t see Occupy protesters in La Cañada Flintridge wherethe Sheriff rides herd. That city has some rich people with jobs, too. If ourcity council cannot or will not fix this situation and make San Marino’s homesoff limits to invaders, the city council must be recalled…now.
Three strikes and you’re out.
City Manager Matt Ballantyne 300-0718
Police Chief John Schaefer 300-0723
Mayor RichardSun 512-9533
Vice Mayor Richard Ward 795-9900
Council Member Dennis Kneier 578-1109
Council Member Eugene Sun 458-0216
Council Member Allen Yung 308-3000
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