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Police have Walgreens fire video evidence

Original post made on Jul 12, 2007

Palo Alto Police Sgt. Sandra Brown confirmed Wednesday the department has video evidence related to the devastating Walgreens fire, but emphasized that does not mean the arson case is easily solvable. "We have all kinds of video," Brown said. "Everybody's making the assumption the videotape shows something.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2007 at 4:06 pm

So, cctv can help to solve crime, as pro my post on the kids, matches and the dish fire thread.

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Posted by Big Brother
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm

I *totally* agree. In fact, people should be required to carry RFID tags that allow law enforcement to track where they go. If Walgreens had a sensor, then we would know who it is. Come to think of it, if there were sensors at every store and street corner downtown, we would know exactly how the person got there. However, someone wanting to commit a crime would not carry their RFID card, so I suggest we surgically implant them in all babies at birth. Catch my drift?

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Posted by asdf
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 14, 2007 at 1:49 am

Who wants to bet that it was one of the many homeless people who hassle passerby and urinate on the streets? There is a whole gang of them who hang out near Starbucks and Walgreens.

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Posted by jkl;
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 14, 2007 at 2:48 am

Not me. Your reasoning is horribly offensive. Now that you've agitated me, my money is on a "have" not a "have not".

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Posted by asdf
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:39 am

"my money is on a "have" not a "have not".

I'm glad you're not on our police force. You've seen too many episodes of Law and Order, in which the criminal is always a doctor or businessman.

Reality is different. After all, if "poverty" causes crime -- something you would probably agree with -- one would expect the poor to commit crime at a higher rate, no? :)


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The criminality of 100 homeless and 100 domiciled jail inmates was compared. Homeless jail inmates were significantly more likely than domiciled jail inmates to be mentally ill, to be arrested for nuisance offenses, to have more extensive criminal histories, and to have prior arrests for use of weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Suggestions for processing homeless offenders are given.

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Posted by jkl;
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 17, 2007 at 1:05 pm

I've never watched any of those "Law and Order" type police shows. I'm more of a PBS viewer. Maybe <i>you've</i> been watching too much TV??

Reality is that you can't generalize, or rather you can, but you'll be wrong often enough that I'm glad YOU'RE not on the police force. People are individuals; crimes are specific. Jumping to erroneous and offensive conclusions because of some broad-brushed generalization doesn't solve crimes.

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 17, 2007 at 2:19 pm

asdf, did you actually READ the article you referenced? I do not believe it makes your case in the slightest

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