Blue Star

Rights & Responsibilities
By: 
Scott Sullivan
There are many laws on the books. How proactively does city hall ask police to enforce them? In the best (or worst) of all possible worlds, police would pursue and enforce every violation, big or small, by the letter of the law. Drive 1 mph over the speed limit? Cops pull you over in an eye blink. Tear a tag off your pillow? Bingo, you’re in the slammer. In the real world, that doesn’t happen. Police, with limited resources, must prioritize. Riot on Butler Street? Stabbing in Douglas? Put officers there, call in backups and postpone, for now, busting people who don’t wear seatbelts.

There is something booming, bold and brazen about the Fourth of July. Like America.

Sure, we’re spoiled and often callow here. Like folks everywhere. But we’re also sublimely subtle. Snobs who stereotype Americans as rubes strut straight into traps. Enjoy, boys.

Case in point: how we view the guitarist who spent a weekend in jail after Saugatuck-Douglas police arrested him June 28 for resisting and obstructing arrest, plus playing without a permit.

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