Tax Money Wasted On Police ‘Whims’

by Staff on September 17, 2006 · 4 comments

in Local

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.

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