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Ticketed While Exercising

We often hear stories of police officers arresting folks for exercising their rights, but apparently, the cops are now picking on folks simply for exercising. That's what Eric Turkewitz tells us at New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog, where he summarizes this New York Times article about Santa Monica police busting people for exercising on the median of a popular roadway. Apparently, the exercisers' conduct violates a city ordinance that prohibits congregating in a public median. Since the patrols began, the city has issued eight citations -- the fine is $158 -- and has given warnings, which are generally heeded, to about 600 people a month.

As Turkewitz points out, with the economy down the tubes and a war overseas, maybe it's time for the cops to take on another kind of exercise: discretion.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on November 26, 2008 at 01:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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