After hearing of the matter, I went to get a copy of the curfew ordinance because I didn’t know about a curfew for adults. Also, there’s always gatherings of loud, disruptive individuals in my neighborhood but they’re never disbanded by police officers. Interesting! As a matter of fact, there’s a group that actually congregate in front of a signs that clearly states No Loitering/No Trespassing but nothing is ever done. So I’m confused why this officer is so diligent about disbanding one group and not the other?Based on the curfew ordinance I was given, the curfew was adopted for 6 months and was designated for Turnkey after requested by the Executive Director of the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority. You will see MRHA mentioned a lot this week because it seems that the City of Lumberton made a lot of decisions at the instance of this group rather than what's best for the citizens they suppose to represent.
I don’t know what’s going on but I can understand the group leaving after getting threatened with arrest. As we know, there has been a lot of people in Lumberton taken to jail because of a butthole wearing a badge. I don’t think the guys could be arrested for a curfew violation but the officer has the authority to arrest an individual for not following a lawful order. I’m sure the arrest could be challenged in court but here’s another drawback. If the officer arrest the young men, he then has the authority to have their cars towed. In addition to paying a cash bond, they will be responsible for paying a $250 tow fee. That’s what I had to pay when my car was towed at the direction of this same officer. That was a couple of years ago, and the tow fee may have increased since then. My advice for the guys would be to file a complaint against the officer and let the Chief of Police resolve this matter. Again, if the manager of the store did not file a complaint, I don’t understand why this officer is harassing this group. It can’t be because of security because we know the store has security cameras; that’s how they caught Jay McGraw stealing the Zippo lighter. This officer is one of those jerks left from the Hobson Administration and that group apparently took an oath to dis-serve and collect instead of serve and protect. Each person harassed by this officer should file a complaint and see if the matter is resolved but don’t risk going to jail and having your car towed because it’s difficult when you’re dealing with a rogue cop. Trust me. I know!