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There are a lot of nice places to live in this country, although the list is dwindling. I look for little bits of good news about various communities in the Southwest to keep my spirits up, but it is getting more and more difficult as Californians spread out and bring their politics with them. I’m a California refugee living in New Mexico and It is only a matter of time before I have to get on the road again.
Small town life is not for me anymore, especially progressive places like the town I live in where so few people share my views and values. So where then? I don’t know for sure, but this morning I read something that got my juices flowing.
Last May, a mob of thieves and vandals broke into the toney Scottsdale Fashion Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, and looted businesses, most offering high-end products. The damage was extensive, as was the looting. Unlike many communities throughout the country, the Scottsdale Police Department started to methodically investigate and bring to justice as many of the “peaceful protesters” as they could lay their hands on, which couldn’t be easy since the perps were obviously out-of-towners.
Yesterday, the SCP announced that two more of these “peaceful protesters” were arrested and felony charges filed. Is that news? Yes, it is. So far the Scottsdale police have apprehended 57 of these criminals and have repatriated nearly a quarter of a million dollars of high-end merchandise to businesses in the Scottsdale Fashion Mall. I wonder how many police departments around the country are still trying to bring these criminals to justice? Probably more than you would imagine, but it is obvious that even a year later those engaging in criminal acts in Scottsdale are not beyond the long arm of the Scottsdale PD.
I know of places that never lifted a finger to protect their citizens and businesses during those dark days – Scottsdale isn’t one of them. Whenever another “peaceful protester” is apprehended, you will find their mug shots on page one.
Good job SPD.Published in