By OB Joe
By the looks of what happened at the foot of Newport Avenue on Saturday afternoon with the nude swimmer, you’d think that police-community relations in OB had returned to the 1970’s.
Reports of up to twenty police cars roaring into OB, speeding down residential streets – to deal with one nude guy and the commotion that resulted when police and lifeguards tried to cite him – has made my blood boil.
It’s apparent that the San Diego Police Department has not learned a single thing in all the decades of its “troubles” with the citizens and youth of Ocean Beach.
The police used their old tactic of deploying an overwhelming show of force in order to intimidate the crowd that gathered to watch and comment on what was happening. This is crazy. It was way over the top and wrong. The comments on an earlier post about this incident complained about some almost being hit or run over by the speeding police cars. What was the emergency???
And costly. What happened to the budget cuts? Don’t talk to me now about how the SDPD has to cut back in these budget-slashing days. This was way too costly, and as a taxpayer, I’m simply outraged! Twenty cop cars!! How much did this incident cost the City? How much over-time was used?
We learned today that the budget cuts have cost San Diego police their horses and now their cell phones. (Is this why no officer called in to say they didn’t need so many cars?)
Who made the decision to send in so many cops? It must have been a management decision, of course. Why? Where was community relations?? Where was OB’s Community Relations Officer?
Costly, dangerous and wrong.
The police still have this mentality that an overwhelming show of force is the way to deal with the natives at the beach. This is unconscionable. This is not how to deal with OB, this is not how to deal with such an incident, and this is not how to deal with a police department that is suffering such budget restraints.
Unfortunately, OB does not have any town groups that can complain about this now. There is no OB Grassroots Organization any longer – the group that protested when police shot and killed Danny the h9meless guy a few years ago. There is no OB Town Council Police – Community Committee to monitor police abuse (in fact you have to notify the Town Council 3 weeks in advance just to speak at their meetings!!!) Plus, these type of issues are out of the jurisdiction of both the Planning Board and the Mainstreet Association.
OB needs some kind and type of forum or group that can take complaints such as these to the authorities! But we don’t have anybody. And the police will continue to use overwhelming and costly shows of force in order to intimidate anybody that crowds around or gathers or who questions what they are doing. Poor OB.