Herald Tribune: Sarasota residents tell police: ‘We’ve got a problem here’, Yes it's the violence and lack of parental supervision in Newtown. Herald Tribune Columnist Carrie Seidman posts and attack article today on Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino and the street cops who are out there everyday protecting the citizens of Sarasota from the ever increasing violence that is spilling out of Newtown and somehow they are responsible, what the hell? See her article here Seidman: Sarasota residents tell police: ‘We’ve got a problem here’. Natasha Clemons, whose son Rodney Mitchell was killed by Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies in 2012, said SPD officers are “extremely violent” and come into the community “with a vengeance.” Katrina Clemons, a relative wearing a sign that read “I Fear SPD,” said in her 45 years in the community she had never before “feared for my life” from police overreach as she does now. Perhaps Ms. Seidman could or should do a Ride-A-Long some Friday or Saturday night with a patrol officer from the City of Sarasota Police Dept in Newtown Zone 1, and see for herself.
My email response today to Ms. Seidman:
TO: Carrie Seidman
Article: Seidman: Sarasota residents tell police: ‘We’ve got a problem here’
NEWTOWN: Your not from here I am.
Yes 'we do have a problem here' and it is the drugs, violence (murders) and aggressive and secretive attitude of Newtown residents to 'outsiders' and the Sarasota Police Dept has to deal with this hour by hour and day by day with no resolve. When was the last time you, Carrie Seidman, spent anytime in the Newtown section of Sarasota after nightfall? I have. How often do you use MLK Blvd as a cross street to get from Rte 301 Washington Blvd to Rte 41 the North Trail, day or night? I do.
I am a long time resident of Sarasota and from what I see the Newtown parents and/or grandparents have no control over the teens and young adults (the 1990's babies) who live with them, and no matter what crime they commit, it is never their fault.
I have been a resident, and home owner, and tax payer, and business owner in Sarasota Fl since 1996, my parents moved to Sarasota in the 1970's and my grand parents link back to the 1950's in Sarasota. I have been coming to Sarasota Fl since the early 1980's and guess what, Newtown was bad then and it is worse now as the violence has escalated.
Are you aware of the outrageous, senseless, cold blooded murders of British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris by Newtown teen thug Shawn Tyson in 2011 after they stumbled into the 'Courts' that garnered international headlines, I am.
Are you aware of the outrageous, senseless, cold blooded murder of Travis Combs on 22nd Street and the subsequent kidnapping and apparent murder of NewTown teen Jabez Spann who witnessed same, I am, and no one from the Newtown community will come forward.
Are you aware that the 5 City of Sarasota Commissioners refuse to approve the current contract for the City of Sarasota Police Dept., the cops are working without a contract. Are you aware that a few years ago the City of Sarasota Commissioners were trying to eliminate the pensions for the Police Dept.. Are you aware that the City of Sarasota Commissioners refuse to approve any kind of pay raise, cost of living pay raise for the Police Dept.?
You have to be aware that the City of Sarasota Fl is increasing 10 fold, (vertically) with new upscale condos starting at $1.3 Mill on what appears to be every downtown street corner. Where before you had one building with one owner now you have the same space with 20 owners all expecting police protection when you only have 18 or so officers on patrol each shift. The population of the City of Sarasota Fl is exploding over the next 2 or 3 years and the City of Sarasota Commissioners want to reduce costs with the street cops?
Sarasota Police Chief mentioned in your article that perhaps some of the Newtown residents might sign up for the Citizen’s Academy, I did and currently I am attending the weekly Tuesday night meetings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and today, Thursday 4/18, I did my Ride-A-Log with a Sarasota Police Officer. They are not the enemy!
Response from Ms. Seidman:
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"And by the way, of course I am very aware of all the incidents you referred to. In fact I have written about some of them. Despite your obvious conclusion that I am willfully ignorant, I work very hard to stay abreast of all the issues in Sarasota that need our attention.I also work very hard to promote solutions in the community."
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