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Crime Report: Assault on Police Edition

by ARLnow.com July 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm 2,714 14 Comments

It’s not easy being a police officer in Arlington. The truly interesting or exciting calls are few and far between. More often than not, you’re stuck responding to petty neighborhood disputes and false burglar alarms. And, once in a while, some a-hole suspected of firing off illegal fireworks from his apartment slams a door on your hand on the Fourth of July.

The Arlington County Crime Report lists five cases of assault on police that occurred during the past two weeks. We’re told the officer who had the door slammed on his hand did not suffer any permanent injuries.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/05/10, 1000 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. On July 4 at 11 pm, police responded to an apartment to assist county fire marshals. A subject assaulted an officer by slamming a door on the officer’s hand. David Chandler, 29, of Arlington, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 06/24/10, 1500 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 24 at 8:30 pm, an officer located a suspect in a larceny. The suspect assaulted the officer while being taken into custody. Dillard Burgess, 50, of no fixed address, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, Assault and Battery and Grand Larceny. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 06/28/10, 3900 block of Campbell Avenue. On June 28 at 8 pm, a female subject was arrested for being drunk in public. During the detention, she kicked the officer several times. Diana Firth, 39, of Arlington, was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Drunk in Public. She was held until sober.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/01/10, 3700 block of Columbia Pike. On July 1 at 12:00 am, while being detained for public intoxication, a suspect bit an officer. Domingo Chicas-Amaya, 26, of Alexandria, was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Drunk in Public. He was held on a $3,500 bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/05/10, 2100 block of S. Monroe Street. On July 5 at 3:30 am, a man assaulted an officer investigating a call about disorderly behavior. Talifferro Gatling, 37, of Waldorf, MD, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was held without bond.

The full crime report, after the jump.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING 07/04/10, 3700 block of Four Mile Run Drive. On July 4 at 12:45 am, a known subject assaulted his former girlfriend with a hammer and stole her car keys.

ROBBERY 06/24/10, 1300 block of S. Nelson Street. On June 24 at 2 am, an unknown male approached a female victim at her vehicle. He grabbed her breast and stole her cell phone. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 20’s, 5’5” and 160 lbs. He was wearing a light colored baseball hat, dark blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers.

ROBBERY 06/26/10, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street. On June 26 at 2:30 am, a man was robbed of his wallet after the suspect implied a knife. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 20’s, 6’ and 180lbs, with brown eyes and hair. He was wearing a green long sleeve shirt and brown or green pants.

ROBBERY 06/27/10, 2400 block of S Shirlington Road. On June 27 at 5:30 pm, a man was pushed down and his wallet was stolen. The suspect is described as a tall, thin, 20 to 30 year old African American male wearing a yellow t-shirt and black pants.

ROBBERY 06/29/10, 1100 block of S. Emerson Street. On June 29 at 5 pm, a male victim was struck in the back of the head and robbed by two unknown males. The suspects are both described as white Hispanic males in their 20’s, 5’8 and 160 lbs.

ROBBERY 07/02/10, 700 block of N. Tazewell Street. On July 2 at 1:15 am, a cab driver drove a man and woman into Arlington. The male suspect assaulted the driver and stole money from his pocket. The suspect was an African American male with a large build wearing dark clothing.

ATTEMPT ROBBERY 07/04/10, 4300 block of N. Pershing Drive. On July 4 at 3 am, an unknown subject approached a man sitting in a parked vehicle. The suspect opened the passenger door of the car and assaulted the victim. The suspect fled when the victim yelled for help. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20’s, 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts, and carried a backpack.

ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING-WARRANT 06/28/10, 2600 block of S. Shirlington Road. On June 28 at 6 pm, a known subject attempted to strike a tow truck driver with his vehicle as he exited the tow yard.

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE-ARREST 06/24/10, 800 block of S. Frederick Street. On June 24 at 10:15 pm, a subject broke a window to an apartment building. When an officer attempted to stop the suspect a struggle ensued. Norris Cisneros, 37, Arlington, was charged with Obstruction of Justice. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 06/25/10, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike. On June 25 at 6:15 pm, a homeless male subject assaulted a maintenance worker who was trying to dissuade him from panhandling. Bukhari Daoud, 31, of no fixed address, was charged with felony Assault and Battery and Trespassing. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 06/27/10, 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 27 at 12:20 am, after a verbal argument, the victim was assaulted by a white male subject. The suspect was located by police. Zachary Belcher, 25, of Reston, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was given a $2,500 bond.

SEXUAL BATTERY-ARREST 06/26/10, 600 block of N. Kenmore Street. On June 26 at 4:15 am, the male victim had his groin grabbed by an another male. Muhammad Tahir, 34, of Arlington, was later identified and charged with Sexual Battery. He was given a $2,500 bond.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT-ARREST 06/28/10, 1500 block of N. Pierce Street. On June 28 at 7 pm, a man made threats and acted disorderly toward a female victim. William Davis, 43, of Arlington, was charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was held on a $1,500 bond.

BURGLARY (SERIES) 06/23/10, 5200 block of S. 10th Place. Between 10:30 pm on June 22, and 6 am on June 23, an unknown subject entered two unlocked houses on the same street. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY 06/24/10, 2000 block of S. Glebe Road. On June 23 between 6:30 am and 10:30 pm, an unknown subject entered and searched the victim’s room inside a rooming house. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY-ARREST 06/27/10, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. On June 27 at 2:00 am, a white Hispanic male entered the victim’s unlocked apartment. Luis Lopez Juarez, 29, of Arlington, was charged with Burglary and Drunk in Public. He was held on $5,000 bond.

BURGLARY-ARREST 06/30/10, 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 29 at 11:45 pm, several subjects were observed in a secure building after hours. Two of the subjects were taken into custody for Burglary. Israel Guevara Serrano, 29, of Falls Church, and Freddy Villatoro, 29, of Arlington, were charged with Burglary and Possession of Burglarious Tools. Mr. Serrano was given a $5,500 bond, and Mr. Villatoro was given no bond.

BURGLARY 07/01/10, 3700 block of Columbia Pike. On July 1 at 2:30 am, the victim awoke to an unknown male in his bedroom. The suspect fled the apartment with several items. The suspect is described as an unknown race male, 5’7” and 130 lbs, wearing a blue and white t-shirt and jeans.

BURGLARY 07/01/10, 2400 block of Shirlington Road. On July 1 at 2:30 am, an officer noticed that the glass door to the business was smashed in. It was discovered that the ATM inside was broken into and all of the money was stolen. The suspects were heavy set males, with black masks and dark long sleeved shirts.

BURGLARY 07/02/10, 900 block of N. Stuart Street. On July 1 between 7:40 am and 7 pm, an unknown subject entered and unlocked apartment and stole various items.

BURGLARY 07/02/10, 900 block of N. Stuart Street. On July 2 between 10 am and 1:30 pm, an unknown person entered an apartment and stole various items. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 07/05/10, 3900 block of N. 4th Street. Between 7 pm on July 4, and midnight on July 5, an unknown subject entered an apartment through a window and stole a laptop computer. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 07/06/10, 619 S. 26th Street. Between 9:30 pm on July 4, and 10 pm on July 5, an unknown subject may have entered a house and stolen a wallet. There was no sign of forced entry and there are no known suspects.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 07/03/10, 6700 block of Lee Highway. Between 8:30 pm on July 2 and 7:20 am on July 3, an unknown person broke into a business and stole currency. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 07/04/10, 300 block of N. Piedmont Street. On July 4 at 10:45 pm, an unknown subject attempted to enter an apartment through a window. The suspect fled when the homeowner entered the room. There is no further suspect description.

ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM PERSON 06/27/10, 800 block of S Florida Street. On June 27 at 5:00 am, an officer observed a 6’ tall dark skinned African American male with gray and white striped t-shirt and jean shorts, take a wallet from the pocket of a sleeping male victim. The suspect ran once when confronted. All property was recovered.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 06/28/10, 3800 block of S. 9th Street. Between 5 pm on June 27, and 8 am on June 28, an unknown subject broke into two vehicles parked on the street. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 06/28/10, 2600 block of S. Adams Street. Between 7 pm on June 27, and 7:30 am on June 28, an unknown subject broke into three vehicles in a parking garage. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 07/02/10, 1800 block of N. Scott Street. Between 10 pm on July 1, and 7 am on July 2, an unknown subject broke into or damaged at least three cars in the same parking garage. Various items were stolen. There are no known suspects.

GRAND LARCENY (SERIES) 06/28/10, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. On June 28 at 6 pm, three bicycles were reported stolen from the parking garage. There is no suspect description.

GRAND LARCENY (SERIES) 07/06/10, 1200 block of N. Rolfe Street and 1500 block of N. 12th Street. Between July 3, and 5 pm on July 5, and unknown subject broke into laundry machines at several apartment complexes. There is no known suspect description.

GRAND LARCENY-ARREST 07/03/10, 3200 block of S. Eads Street. On July 3 at 9 am, police located two men stealing items from an electrical power sub-station. Timothy Lutz, 32, of Arlington, was charged with Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglarious Tools and Trespassing. Christopher Rouse, 33, of Fairfax was charged with Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Trespassing and Possession of a Concealed Weapon by a Felon. Lutz was held on a $10,000 bond and Rouse was held without bond.

STOLEN AUTO 6/23/10 VA 53573TA 2000 Isuzu MPR Box Truck, white 4500 block of N. Pershing Drive

STOLEN AUTO 6/23/10 VA VG7327 1996 Honda Accord, beige 1600 block of S. Eads Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/25/10 VA JJJ4936 2004 Ford Econo 150, white 1400 block of S. Dinwiddie Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/29/10 VA XWL2790 2003 Ford Econo 250, silver 600 block of S. 15th Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/30/10 Untagged Moped, Burgundy 2000 block of S. Nelson Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/30/10 VA XMD1189 1995 Dodge Caravan, red 800 block of S. Greenbriar Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/01/10 VA XKX8646 1998 Ford van, white 5800 block of Washington Boulevard

STOLEN AUTO 7/02/10 MD 2FXB83 2010 Dodge Avenger, black 1200 block of S. Clark Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/02/10 VA XLY1961 2010 Honda Accord, silver 3400 block of N. Emerson Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/06/10 DC DJ8583 1983 BMW 633i, burgundy 6700 block of Lee Highway

MALICIOUS WOUNDING 07/04/10, 3700 block of Four Mile Run Drive. On July 4 at 12:45 am, a known subject assaulted his former girlfriend with a hammer and stole her car keys.

ROBBERY 06/24/10, 1300 block of S. Nelson Street. On June 24 at 2 am, an unknown male approached a female victim at her vehicle. He grabbed her breast and stole her cell phone. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 20’s, 5’5” and 160 lbs. He was wearing a light colored baseball hat, dark blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers.

ROBBERY 06/26/10, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street. On June 26 at 2:30 am, a man was robbed of his wallet after the suspect implied a knife. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his late 20’s, 6’ and 180lbs, with brown eyes and hair. He was wearing a green long sleeve shirt and brown or green pants.

ROBBERY 06/27/10, 2400 block of S Shirlington Road. On June 27 at 5:30 pm, a man was pushed down and his wallet was stolen. The suspect is described as a tall, thin, 20 to 30 year old African American male wearing a yellow t-shirt and black pants.

ROBBERY 06/29/10, 1100 block of S. Emerson Street. On June 29 at 5 pm, a male victim was struck in the back of the head and robbed by two unknown males. The suspects are both described as white Hispanic males in their 20’s, 5’8 and 160 lbs.

ROBBERY 07/02/10, 700 block of N. Tazewell Street. On July 2 at 1:15 am, a cab driver drove a man and woman into Arlington. The male suspect assaulted the driver and stole money from his pocket. The suspect was an African American male with a large build wearing dark clothing.

ATTEMPT ROBBERY 07/04/10, 4300 block of N. Pershing Drive. On July 4 at 3 am, an unknown subject approached a man sitting in a parked vehicle. The suspect opened the passenger door of the car and assaulted the victim. The suspect fled when the victim yelled for help. The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20’s, 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts, and carried a backpack.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 06/24/10, 1500 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 24 at 8:30 pm, an officer located a suspect in a larceny. The suspect assaulted the officer while being taken into custody. Dillard Burgess, 50, of no fixed address, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, Assault and Battery and Grand Larceny. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 06/28/10, 3900 block of Campbell Avenue. On June 28 at 8 pm, a female subject was arrested for being drunk in public. During the detention, she kicked the officer several times. Diana Firth, 39, of Arlington, was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Drunk in Public. She was held until sober.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/01/10, 3700 block of Columbia Pike. On July 1 at 12:00 am, while being detained for public intoxication, a suspect bit an officer. Domingo Chicas-Amaya, 26, of Alexandria, was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Drunk in Public. He was held on a $3,500 bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/05/10, 1000 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. On July 4 at 11 pm, police responded to an apartment to assist county fire marshals. A subject assaulted an officer by slamming a door on the officer’s hand. David Chandler, 29, of Arlington, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement. He was held on a $5,000 bond.

ASSAULT ON POLICE-ARREST 07/05/10, 2100 block of S. Monroe Street. On July 5 at 3:30 am, a man assaulted an officer investigating a call about disorderly behavior. Talifferro Gatling, 37, of Waldorf, MD, was charged with Assault on Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was held without bond.

ATTEMPT MALICIOUS WOUNDING-WARRANT 06/28/10, 2600 block of S. Shirlington Road. On June 28 at 6 pm, a known subject attempted to strike a tow truck driver with his vehicle as he exited the tow yard.

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE-ARREST 06/24/10, 800 block of S. Frederick Street. On June 24 at 10:15 pm, a subject broke a window to an apartment building. When an officer attempted to stop the suspect a struggle ensued. Norris Cisneros, 37, Arlington, was charged with Obstruction of Justice. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 06/25/10, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike. On June 25 at 6:15 pm, a homeless male subject assaulted a maintenance worker who was trying to dissuade him from panhandling. Bukhari Daoud, 31, of no fixed address, was charged with felony Assault and Battery and Trespassing. He was held without bond.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY-ARREST 06/27/10, 3100 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 27 at 12:20 am, after a verbal argument, the victim was assaulted by a white male subject. The suspect was located by police. Zachary Belcher, 25, of Reston, was charged with Assault and Battery. He was given a $2,500 bond.

SEXUAL BATTERY-ARREST 06/26/10, 600 block of N. Kenmore Street. On June 26 at 4:15 am, the male victim had his groin grabbed by an another male. Muhammad Tahir, 34, of Arlington, was later identified and charged with Sexual Battery. He was given a $2,500 bond.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT-ARREST 06/28/10, 1500 block of N. Pierce Street. On June 28 at 7 pm, a man made threats and acted disorderly toward a female victim. William Davis, 43, of Arlington, was charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was held on a $1,500 bond.

BURGLARY (SERIES) 06/23/10, 5200 block of S. 10th Place. Between 10:30 pm on June 22, and 6 am on June 23, an unknown subject entered two unlocked houses on the same street. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

BURGLARY 06/24/10, 2000 block of S. Glebe Road. On June 23 between 6:30 am and 10:30 pm, an unknown subject entered and searched the victim’s room inside a rooming house. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY-ARREST 06/27/10, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. On June 27 at 2:00 am, a white Hispanic male entered the victim’s unlocked apartment. Luis Lopez Juarez, 29, of Arlington, was charged with Burglary and Drunk in Public. He was held on $5,000 bond.

BURGLARY-ARREST 06/30/10, 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard. On June 29 at 11:45 pm, several subjects were observed in a secure building after hours. Two of the subjects were taken into custody for Burglary. Israel Guevara Serrano, 29, of Falls Church, and Freddy Villatoro, 29, of Arlington, were charged with Burglary and Possession of Burglarious Tools. Mr. Serrano was given a $5,500 bond, and Mr. Villatoro was given no bond.

BURGLARY 07/01/10, 3700 block of Columbia Pike. On July 1 at 2:30 am, the victim awoke to an unknown male in his bedroom. The suspect fled the apartment with several items. The suspect is described as an unknown race male, 5’7” and 130 lbs, wearing a blue and white t-shirt and jeans.

BURGLARY 07/01/10, 2400 block of Shirlington Road. On July 1 at 2:30 am, an officer noticed that the glass door to the business was smashed in. It was discovered that the ATM inside was broken into and all of the money was stolen. The suspects were heavy set males, with black masks and dark long sleeved shirts.

BURGLARY 07/02/10, 900 block of N. Stuart Street. On July 1 between 7:40 am and 7 pm, an unknown subject entered and unlocked apartment and stole various items.

BURGLARY 07/02/10, 900 block of N. Stuart Street. On July 2 between 10 am and 1:30 pm, an unknown person entered an apartment and stole various items. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 07/05/10, 3900 block of N. 4th Street. Between 7 pm on July 4, and midnight on July 5, an unknown subject entered an apartment through a window and stole a laptop computer. There are no known suspects.

BURGLARY 07/06/10, 619 S. 26th Street. Between 9:30 pm on July 4, and 10 pm on July 5, an unknown subject may have entered a house and stolen a wallet. There was no sign of forced entry and there are no known suspects.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 07/03/10, 6700 block of Lee Highway. Between 8:30 pm on July 2 and 7:20 am on July 3, an unknown person broke into a business and stole currency. There is no suspect description.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY 07/04/10, 300 block of N. Piedmont Street. On July 4 at 10:45 pm, an unknown subject attempted to enter an apartment through a window. The suspect fled when the homeowner entered the room. There is no further suspect description.

ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM PERSON 06/27/10, 800 block of S Florida Street. On June 27 at 5:00 am, an officer observed a 6’ tall dark skinned African American male with gray and white striped t-shirt and jean shorts, take a wallet from the pocket of a sleeping male victim. The suspect ran once when confronted. All property was recovered.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 06/28/10, 3800 block of S. 9th Street. Between 5 pm on June 27, and 8 am on June 28, an unknown subject broke into two vehicles parked on the street. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 06/28/10, 2600 block of S. Adams Street. Between 7 pm on June 27, and 7:30 am on June 28, an unknown subject broke into three vehicles in a parking garage. Various items were stolen. There is no suspect description.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES) 07/02/10, 1800 block of N. Scott Street. Between 10 pm on July 1, and 7 am on July 2, an unknown subject broke into or damaged at least three cars in the same parking garage. Various items were stolen. There are no known suspects.

GRAND LARCENY (SERIES) 06/28/10, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. On June 28 at 6 pm, three bicycles were reported stolen from the parking garage. There is no suspect description.

GRAND LARCENY (SERIES) 07/06/10, 1200 block of N. Rolfe Street and 1500 block of N. 12th Street. Between July 3, and 5 pm on July 5, and unknown subject broke into laundry machines at several apartment complexes. There is no known suspect description.

GRAND LARCENY-ARREST 07/03/10, 3200 block of S. Eads Street. On July 3 at 9 am, police located two men stealing items from an electrical power sub-station. Timothy Lutz, 32, of Arlington, was charged with Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglarious Tools and Trespassing. Christopher Rouse, 33, of Fairfax was charged with Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Trespassing and Possession of a Concealed Weapon by a Felon. Lutz was held on a $10,000 bond and Rouse was held without bond.

STOLEN AUTO 6/23/10 VA 53573TA 2000 Isuzu MPR Box Truck, white 4500 block of N. Pershing Drive

STOLEN AUTO 6/23/10 VA VG7327 1996 Honda Accord, beige 1600 block of S. Eads Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/25/10 VA JJJ4936 2004 Ford Econo 150, white 1400 block of S. Dinwiddie Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/29/10 VA XWL2790 2003 Ford Econo 250, silver 600 block of S. 15th Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/30/10 Untagged Moped, Burgundy 2000 block of S. Nelson Street

STOLEN AUTO 6/30/10 VA XMD1189 1995 Dodge Caravan, red 800 block of S. Greenbriar Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/01/10 VA XKX8646 1998 Ford van, white 5800 block of Washington Boulevard

STOLEN AUTO 7/02/10 MD 2FXB83 2010 Dodge Avenger, black 1200 block of S. Clark Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/02/10 VA XLY1961 2010 Honda Accord, silver 3400 block of N. Emerson Street

STOLEN AUTO 7/06/10 DC DJ8583 1983 BMW 633i, burgundy 6700 block of Lee Highway

  • Peter

    There was no report posted last week.

  • Mike

    That A-hole cop should have kept his hands out of private property without a warrant.

    • JoshS

      Efrem, is that you?

      • Mike

        Is that you Comrade Zimmerman?

    • Darwin

      I doubt he was an “A-Hole cop” trying to violate the 4th amendment and on the other hand since none of us were there we can only guess but I assume it was an accident that when the man slammed the door that he caught the office’s hand in there.

  • Joe

    I’m not sure that shutting your front door when a cop sticks his hand in it deserves a charge.

    I wonder if they teach that at the Academy…When someone won’t consent to you entering their place, stick your hand in the door as the person is shutting it, at which point the person has assaulted you and given you proabable cause to enter his or her residence.

  • Let’s Be Free

    I lost a credit card in Arlington once. Fellow found it, used it to buy thirty bucks of beer and beef at the Ginger Beef restaurant down by Four Mile Run on Columbia Pike. Suspicious proprietor called in the APD when the card was declined (I reported the loss) and arrested the perpetrator — he was charged with two felonies. Lesson is that charge inflation is rampant in Arlington. My read is that if you twitch anywhere near an Arlington cop, they’ll throw the book at you.

  • Darwin

    Bottom line is fireworks much like pot should be legalized so we can quit wasting resources, both time, money, and jail space, enforcing laws against them to no benefit to society.

  • Skeptical

    Ah, the Internet, allowing semi-informed people to parade their preconceptions since… well, ever since Al Gore invented it, right? 🙂

    You know, we have no idea WHAT door was slammed on the officer’s hand — whether s/he was trying to push through the front door, picking up a burnt-out firework lying next to a door, propping the door open to vent smoke, use your imagination to think of something besides your default picture of the situation.

    It’s amazing how many people seem ready to believe that a cop is being an “a-hole” when s/he responds to a call involving fire marshals on the night of the year most notorious for people removing their digits and starting property fires because they want to play with fireworks. Compare pot, which only presents a danger to your neighbors if you smoke it in bed and set fire to the mattress,

    Fireworks are perfectly legal in Arlington, if they are below a certain size and used outside. If, as ARLnow infers (or do you have a positive report on that?), someone was setting off fireworks *inside an apartment structure*, or on its balconies, I am tickled pink that the law responded. I’d be the first to call it in if someone was farting around with fireworks in a building where I lived.

    • Police said the original response from fire marshals was for illegal fireworks. No word on whether the two individuals in the apartment were setting off fireworks or will face additional charges as a result.

    • Mike

      ARLNow was the one throwing around “a-hole” labels. I was just being sarcastic, sort of kind of. In general Arlington police are better then the rest in the DC area, but as one pointed out, cops do “inflate” charges.

    • Joe

      You’re right, we have no information about the situation. And According to this article:

      http://reason.com/archives/2010/06/29/police-blackout

      We’ll never get any because Arlington PD is one of the least transparent police forces in the nation. So, we get to make uninformed statements ridiculing the police. If they or you don’t like it, bring more information to the table, because my default position is that the police aren’t to be trusted. As Law and Order types like to say, “If they aren’t doing anything wrong, they don’t have anything to worry about.” So why won’t they offer more when petitioned by the public? And why is your default position that the Police are to be trusted? Just because they believe they are working in good faith, that doesn’t mean that their actions are above the public’s rightful suspicion of power.

      • MB

        Excellent points all around, Joe.

      • Skeptical

        I don’t believe I said my default position was that the police were to be trusted. I don’t actually have a default position. That is my point. There is always a chorus of people responding to any news that pops up on the Internet, reading their own interpretation into the report and fuming accordingly.

        People seem very quick to assume the police are behaving badly, except, of course, when they need police assistance and get it. I know people who volunteer with police departments, who have worked with citizen groups involved with police departments, and who have been police beat reporters. They were pretty candid about the shortcomings of police officers; I have no illusions they are all angels. But it’s just as silly to assume they’re all Nazis, isn’t it?

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