MyBurbank has the January arrest reports online, and it’s an interesting read:
One day in particular — and only day — saw three different people being arrested for “petty theft” in the departmental lobby. Someone else was arrested there for “trespassing.”
Now what could these three separate individuals have possibly taken from down there on only that one particular day? Too many Explorer brochures?
If they’re just being arrested there for incidents from other locations, why just that one day? There’d be tons of ending arrests then noted inside the “lobby.”
And how can you get accused of trespassing in a public space on public grounds that are open and available to the outside world? You can’t, which makes it appear that these separate arrests at different times were just an official reprisal of some sort, probably against people who were seen as complaining too much.
We’ve been saying for years that one of the most dangerous places to be in Burbank is inside the actual Police Department lobby. That’s because the people who work there are consistently rude, crude, and prone to retaliatory threats and dishonesty.
It’s been that way for years. The old city councils used to know this, because there had been many, many public complaints to them in the past about these horrible employees. There was even talk about getting them some “sensitivity training.” So how about the new one?
Our council members should ask someone about these recent arrests — no doubt made against individuals who were known or suspected by the arresting officers to be too poor to afford attorneys. That’s of course why they happen.
Does the council know that Burbank has the well-earned reputation of being a chickenshit town? That’s why the PD mess got such wide publicity a few years ago.
Maybe they like it that way.