With 4th of July celebrations scheduled all around the city, CCPD is buckling down on local residents intent on demonstrating even the slightest sign of patriotism.
“We won’t stand by and allow these usually law-abiding people to put themselves or other citizens in harms way,” says Officer Pinkerton, “Fireworks are responsible for 0.7 deaths per year… also the city stands to make almost halfa- million dollars in fireworks fines, and that’s a lot of doughnuts.”
Before officer Pinkerton was moved to the special Fireworks Taskforce, he was a part of a unit dedicated to the overwhelming crack problem on the city’s west side. CCPD has since reassigned all law enforcement personnel in that unit, to stand guard on Corpus Christi’s city limits.
Corpus Christi residents seem to be divided on the issue. Most citizens believe that local police should continue in their efforts to eliminate the spread of crack throughout the city, however, there are those who support the Fireworks Taskforce.
“I think 5-O should bust all dem folks trying to run up in town wit dem explosifs, that’s some dangerous sh*t man,” says one local crack dealer, “I think they should be out there 24 hours a day, or even all year if that’s what it takes. You feel me?”
“We have to keep our priorities straight,” says Chief Bryan Smith, “We can arrest crack dealers any time of the year but there are only a few occasions when we can bust everyday citizens.”
Smith also told us, that because drivers are wising-up to the ‘Click it, or Ticket’ check-point locations, and this year avoided turnaround lanes on SPID, the campaign was not as fiscally successful as in previous years, and the city is hoping to recoup their losses during this 4th of July holiday.