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Afternoon news brief… sans briefs it seems…

Good afternoon, Netizens...

Seen and heard from the Spokane Police records online:

Spokane Police Officers responded to the report of an unknown naked male prowling in a backyard in the 2400 block of E Heroy. The complainant called and reported the naked male was knocking on her door and she did not know him.

Just out of idle curiosity, what would you do if someone you knew showed up naked on your front porch knocking on your door?

The report goes on to say:

The male fled on foot as police arrived in the area after stealing a cushion to a lounge chair using it to cover himself. The naked male apparently stripped his clothes off, defecated in the yard, and then left, leaving behind his wallet with identification. Officers located the 22 year old male at the home of a relative in the 2200 block of E Longfellow. It was obvious to officers on scene that the male had consumed some sort of illicit drug and was not quite aware of his actions. He could have faced several charges, but was left in the custody of family to get him medical attention. This is the fourth similar incident to have occurred in Spokane in the last two weeks. Police believe a tainted and very dangerous batch of illegal narcotics is circulating in the city causing mental problems in the users of the drug.

I'm going to reiterate this because it is important. The officers could have arrested the young miscreant on the spot, and given that, since he was under the influence of drugs at the time, probably would have resisted arrest, as he was not in his right mind. Instead of arresting the young man, thus perhaps provoking a violent confrontation, they allowed his family to get him medical attention.

The officers involved should be commended for their compassion. Although the public record does not give us their name(s), it is equally meritorious when they “get it right” as when they do not.


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