New Crimes In Mountain Brook
In addition to driving while black . . .
I’ll grant that this guy’s actions are suspicious. He’s at some youth football game taking pictures of the players, but when asked who he is, he lies and then quickly leaves.
That said, two quotes really bother me.
Mountain Brook police are asking residents to keep an eye out for a man who was reportedly taking unauthorized photographs of children at Crestline Elementary School.
Maybe he was going to use the pictures for Foleyish purposes, but how can a picture taken in public of a public event be an “unauthorized” picture? I don’t know. I guess you need a permit to take pictures in Mountain Brook.
Here’s the second:
[Lt. Clay Gilmore] said police want to encourage residents to be alert and report unusual behavior. “Any time they see somebody that’s suspicious, that doesn’t belong, especially around a school or a playground, they should call the police,” he said.
Yes, let’s encourage xenophobia. And given the demographics of the Tiny Kingdom, we all know who the somebodies that don’t belong will be.
Last night, we went to Clumpies in Crestline for ice cream. (Hmmm, mint chocolate chip waffle cone with hot fudge, hmmm). It was our last night out in our truck, which we sold today. We decided to sit on the tailgate as we ate our ice cream.
So we did. It was dark. While plenty of other peolple left stores and walked to their cars, no-one else sat outside. Businesses were closing. By the time we left, there were very few other vehicles parked on the street.
I wondered on a few occasions as we sat there if our evening would have been quite so enjoyable if we were not so white. This cop’s suggestion only makes me wonder even more.