Tax Money Wasted On Police ‘Whims’

by Staff on September 17, 2006 · 4 comments

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The following letter was written to the editor of the Bedford Times-Mail by Melissa Mundy of Mitchell regarding the Mitchell Police Department, and is reprinted here with her permission:

To the editor:

And to taxpayers of Lawrence County,

Mitchell’s police force is once again at its finest. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of seeing our hard-earned tax dollars spent on Officer Randy Phelix‘s anonymous tips of high traffic and possible drug activity.

My supposed drug activity was family visiting from out of town. Now can anyone tell me exactly how much of our tax money it took for three officers to harass and threaten my family to once again come up with nothing?

Do our officers really have nothing better to do? Our law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve, instead they come to my house while I am at work and tell my family that if they do not let them search my house they will take my kids away. Does this sound like the type of law enforcement we should support? I work too hard for my taxes to be spent on Phelix’s frivilous whims.

What do you guys think? Fortunately, I’ve never had to experience this type of behavior from the Mitchell Police Department firsthand, but this isn’t the first story I’ve heard like this. Anyone else had this happen to them? Leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail and share.

4 comments
admin
admin

I can relate to that, somewhat. When I used to "raise hell", they harassed me a lot more. I don't do anything now (except occasionally speed up the highway if I'm in a hurry), yet that hasn't stopped Phelix from harassing me very recently. So while you may be -- partially, at least -- correct, it's not entirely true. And of course this is "fair and balanced" forum, Matt. I welcome anyone to speak what's on their mind, even Detective Phelix. Server logs show that he visits often enough and with such a big mouth, I'd expect him to say more.

Matt Utley
Matt Utley

In my experience with my friends who partake in some questionable activity, it is always the ones who have something to worry about that raise the most hell about the cops. I can't say one way or another about Randy Phelix's activitys nor do I know about how much real activity he actually does do, but the ones that are doing there job are usually the ones that they raise hell about. Just trying to look at it from both sides. I hope this is a fair and balanced forum and this is posted.

admin
admin

Thanks for your comments, Annoyed Mother of One. Though I agree with most of what you say, I wanted to mention that I definitely agree with you regarding Chief Hardman. For as long as I've known him, I've always thought of him as a honest and noble individual. I'm just glad that it's him leading our police force and not one of the possible alternatives.

Annoyed Mother of One
Annoyed Mother of One

By the blogs on this forum and through personal experience it is obvious that our small town has a big problem with police harrassment. This may not be so noticable if one detective did not stand out among the rest. Randy Phelix "appears" to be a dedicated and caring officer of the law, but it seems to be only a front. He has continually broken the law, the rights of citizens, and not to mention police procedure. You'd think that something would have been done by now, seeing that he's been investigated by federal law enforcement. Obviously nothing came up or he'd be off our streets and behind bars by now. Harbouring criminals is a crime. Selling drugs is a crime. Breaking and entering is a crime. I would like to know what his purpose and intentions for Mitchell really are. I would also like to add that I think this forum is great for the citizens of Mitchell to get the word out without the worry of being harrassed by crooked cops. I would also like to add that I think it was very noble of Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman to reply to your message. I feel he's one of the few honest and loyal law enforcement officers we have. For those who might be harrassed in the future, here is a paragraph of rights previously printed in the newspaper. If I am not under arrest, I wish to freely go on my way. If I am under arrest, please tell me. In either case, I refuse to consent to any search of my person, my effects and property, my premises or the location of my arrest. I wish to remain silent and to have an attorney present during any questioning, lineup or search. If you ignore my exercise of these rights, or attempt to obtain waiver of such rights, then I want to talk to my attorney before any conversation with any law enforcement, especially concerning the subject of waiver. I exercise these rights as guaranteed under the statutes and Constitutions of Indiana and the United States. It might be helpful to copy and print this out. It may come in handy if you keep a copy in your purse or wallet.

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