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Zero-tolerance summer patrols under way in Youngstown

Published: Tue, June 9, 2009 @ 12:06 a.m.

The program will cover the entire city at varying times.


YOUNGSTOWN — Additional officers have taken to city streets in search of bad drivers and law breakers.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the department has again joined forces with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to saturate selected areas of the city with patrols at various times of the day throughout the summer months.

Hughes said Monday any part of the city and any time of day are fair game for increased enforcement patrols. He said no violation of law will be ignored.

“We hope to stop the cars for the violations and search for evidence of any other wrongdoing,” he said. “We will concentrate on state routes, but we will do the secondary roads as well. This program will cover all areas of the day and all areas of the city.”

There will be eight to 10 highway patrol units participating in the program in addition to more patrol units from the city police department.

The city first started the saturation or zero-tolerance patrols last year.

Hughes said the additional YPD officers are a result of officers being redirected from other capacities back to patrolling the streets. The city also will use grant money to cover any overtime costs that may arise from the program.

The chief said not every stop will result in a traffic ticket or arrest. Some warnings will be given, but officers will at least challenge every seen violation.

“Any violation is fair game, and we openly admit that we are looking for whatever evidence we can get,” Hughes added. “We know that motor vehicles are a part of crimes at different levels, and we are going to challenge every violation.”


1peege(2 comments)posted 7 years ago

In The United States of America, citizens are innocent until proven guilty. To have the police pay extra workers to pull over vehicles, (most of whom are minorities) and search their cars for "other crimes" when there are no signs of that crime being perpetrated, is unjust, and unlawful. This is a great reason to move out of this town.
In essence, pull anyone you want over, and look for reasons to justify it. Then after you find evidence on the inside of their car, you arrest them? If you find nothing, you give a warning? What kind of justice is that? This is the kind of Police State action that we see in the countries we oppose, and for that very reason.
The last time I saw this in effect, all I saw was black man after black man being harassed on Mahoning Avenue. The entire street was lit up by police lights, and at every block there were two black men having their cars searched. This is no exaggeration.
The fact that the citizens of this city stand for this blows my mind. The only thing that can come from repressing your population like this in the long run is rioting and revolt against a fascist government that allows no personal privacy. The inconveniencing and harassment of minorities has to stop if equality is ever going to be achieved.
Good luck with "revitalizing Youngstown" I'm sure these policies will inspire lots of commerce, while everyone is afraid to leave their houses because we live in a Police State.
I urge every freedom loving citizen of Youngstown to speak out against this police-state that is forming in your own town. Letting police stop people randomly, in the hopes they will find something wrong.

I would like to note that while the Youngstown Police Department is engaging in this fascist method of crime prevention, or crime seeking, the people of Iran are in the streets revolting against the same type of government who would seek to control its own people using the same kind of police force.

If this continues in this country, I, for one, will be moving to Canada, or another state that believes in the freedoms of its citizens over freedom of the police to do whatever they want. Especially paying overtime to find crimes that aren't even being committed, at a time of national economic crisis. How unfortunate.


Let Freedom Ring!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years ago

"Additional officers have taken to city streets in search of bad drivers and law breakers"

Much to do about nothing. The high level dope dealers and the crack houses should be targeted.

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3peege(2 comments)posted 7 years ago

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
- Ben Franklin

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4kzrazy900(4 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I have lived in youngstown all of my 40 year life, 35 on the east side. I know where and what the problems are in youngstown. And believe me its not the traffic.This is borderline police harrassment.
Last night my fiancee was pulled over turning in our drive and was accused of not wearing a seatbelt. Now I know that's a lie cause she constantly yells at me for not wearing one. Last time the Zero Tolerance was initiated I was pulled over on Midlothian blvd. for a cracked windshield. I was given a warning on that but given a citation for not wearing a seatbelt.
I wonder if the money for seatbelt tickets goes straight to FOP? Also where I was pulled over you could see gangbangers pushing dope two blocks away on the corner. I was told by the cop they're not here for anything but traffic violations! Can you believe that?
At any rate this is BS. Just another reason why were gettin the @#&% out of this town

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