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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Florida the rules are different here Chapter CLXI

Don't you feel safer when you know Florida law enforcement still arrests people for jaywalking? The City of Bradenton does. This is the same city that arrests people for misdemeanor noise violations while the police chief seems to think pornography on a police official's laptop had nothing to do with that person's resignation. Just another day in Florida law enforcement. Isn't this a great state or what?

Linked to- Bullwinkle, Outside the Beltway, Perri Nelson, The World According to Carl,

BRADENTON -- In an area of this city long plagued by drug sales, violence and prostitution, a city police officer ticketed a man on a charge of jaywalking Thursday night.

Bradenton Officer Jay M. Titen said in his report that the man walking across the 2000 block of 14th Street West at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday caught his eye.

Titen said he pulled a traffic stop on the man, Leroy Franklin Cladd Jr., because he had failed to use a crosswalk.

The officer wrote Cladd a ticket for jaywalking, a rarely cited offense.

On 14th Street West between 17th Avenue West and 21st Avenue, there are a laundry, a pizza joint, a bar, a grocery store and a gas station. The crosswalks in that area are at 17th and 21st avenues, a third of a mile apart.

Cladd, 44, was angered over the ticket and refused to sign itthe citation. Titen then took Cladd to jail for refusing to sign the ticket, a misdemeanor.

Cladd was still locked up Friday, apparently unable to afford the $250 bail. The ticket? That would have cost $15. Titen said Cladd was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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