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Bad situation handled poorly

November 5, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

The police in the area need to be addressed. Saturday night there was in incident at Romano's Saranac Lanes, and the village, state and county police departments did not handle the situation very well at all. A fight started between two people, and it came inside and more people got involved. We don't know the exact reason it started, but by the end it was racial. Once we got the fight broken up and outside, three village cops, a state trooper and a sheriff's deputy all showed up. They were taking statements from anyone who was standing outside except from me, who was actually working and was right there when everything started.

As everything was wrapping up outside, a guy walked from around the corner and started using threatening words. He was using the N-word quite heavily and even said, "I'm gonna go home and get my AK-47 and blow all of these (N-word)s away." None of the cops even said anything to this guy, and it was making people mad. He then proceeded to say, "I need to do a line. Who wants to do a line?" After he said that, he pulled a bag of pills out of his coat and crushed them up on an Enterprise newspaper stand with the Maglite he was carrying. He then did a line right there in front of everyone. My wife and I both said something to the cops, and they said it was just aspirin so they couldn't do anything. That's a bunch of (expletive) when they didn't even look at the bag or stop him. They allowed him to keep saying the N-word like it was no big deal, which got the group of people riled up. It's 2012, and we have a black president - there is no reason for somebody to talk like that and not have any consequences.

As I found out later from multiple people, that guy is the biggest rat in town and turns everyone else in for doing drugs. So just because he is the reason for the village cops making a drug bust and getting a big pat on the back, he gets to walk through the town and do whatever he wants. After everyone was gone, my wife went to leave, and her car was right out front. The sheriff joked with her that he would ignore the "obstruction of view" (her name tag for work) hanging from her mirror as long as she buckled up. Really?! He's got no problem joking about a pointless ticket, but when it comes to hateful racial slurs, they won't do anything. If these officers are just going to ignore what happened, what else will they turn their heads on? There will be multiple letters going to higher-up people who will hopefully do their job like it's expected.

Jeffrey Brown

Romano's employee

Saranac Lake



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