Home' South Florida Gay News : SFGN 061715 Contents JUNE 17, 2015 • VOLUME 2 • ISSUE 12
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2 • June 17, 2015
On a beautiful Sunday morning in New York City back in
2013, a tragic series of events left an innocent family scarred
for life, the young father severely beaten, a gang of motorcyclist
rampaging through city streets, one motorcyclist run over by
the fleeing family's SUV, and the real chance that others could
have lost their lives.
This gang of ATV and motorcycle riders would regularly
meet on a Sunday and drive recklessly along city roadways
causing mayhem, accidents to other drivers and pedestrians,
traffic snarls, and creating an environment for tragedy.
Now a similar circumstance is happening right here in
Wilton Manors practically every weekend, beginning in Fort
Lauderdale and cutting right through Wilton Manors streets
and neighborhoods. Despite continued complaints from
residents, no one has been stopped, and the mayhem continues.
Strangely enough, this mayhem takes place on Sundays, similar
to the New York story. I wait to hear similar news one Sunday
soon, that tragedy has occurred and that innocent bystanders
have been seriously injured.
Westside residents have been complaining for months about
the regular Sunday occurrence along Powerline Road. One
resident describes the mayhem as a bunch of outlaws riding
illegal vehicles right through Wilton Manors, some crossing over
into lanes of oncoming traffic and over medians. Last weekend,
this gang of off-road vehicle drivers decided to terrorize Wilton
Drive. Where does the lawlessness end? What is our Police
Department doing to stop this madness before tragedy occurs?
A recent press release from the WMPD states that the on-
duty police officer attempted a traffic stop of the 50 - 75 reckless
riders, but was unable to pursue them after they failed to
comply and pull over.
Yes, you read that correctly!
The officer could not chase these outlaws for recklessly
driving illegal unlicensed vehicles along our roadways and
creating a dangerous public safety situation. How can this be?
According to the WMPD, the police are not authorized to chase
these lawbreakers unless their actions consist of a "forcible
felony." Thus, our police officer had to terminate any response
A "forcible felony" entails a list of specific felony crimes, but
also includes any felony that involves the threat of physical force
or violence against any individual. Well, if such a large group of
reckless riders doesn't involve the threat of physical violence,
I can't imagine what does! If I were overtaken by this group, I
certainly would feel threatened, afraid for my safety and that of
my friends/family, my vehicle and my property!
I guess we will have to wait for someone to be injured, some
innocent resident attacked and beaten or run over before action
can be taken against these thugs. So we wait for history to repeat
itself. We wait for another beautiful Sunday when an innocent
family's life will be changed forever. Who will be the unlucky
victims this time?
I guess we can all stay off the roads on Sundays, hide in our
homes, and let the lawlessness continue along our roadways
and throughout our city. We can just hide behind our doors and
wait for the sad news that some innocent family was injured in
a vehicle accident or that a pedestrian was struck by an ATV
motorist who lost control while popping a wheelie and driving
into oncoming traffic.
Obviously this is no way for a society to live. Our police
department better have a plan of action in place to stop this
soon. I hope they are working with Fort Lauderdale PD and
Broward Sherriff's Office to formulate a regional response to
this cross-border menace. We cannot just sit and wait for some
"forcible felony" to occur before they are stopped. Let us not
wait until the blood of innocent victims stain our roadways
before we see action taken to bring this lawlessness to an end.
Threatening Residents' Safety
By Sal Torre
Authorities ignoring complaints and concerns
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