Let the celebration continue
As I wind down from a truly Nevada City experience, Joe Cain Day 2002, I wonder what went wrong after the parade.
Born and raised in this wonderful town, I have seen many good times – today was one of the best. The wonderful turnout and attitude that was present everywhere was electric and brought everyone up to the next level of enjoyment.
While continuing the party in front of McGee’s, a medium-size crowd was continuing to party until the local police department thought it was time to send everyone home. I stood talking to a longtime friend and previous co-owner of McGee’s. A police officer started yelling at him and telling him to send everyone home, as though he was responsible for the party going on. Just then, I watched another pair of cops go into the bar, and the amazing thing about this is that one of them felt threatened enough to draw his baton against this civil crowd. I was holding my 2-year-old son. As police forced people to the sidewalk, I felt that we might get knocked down and that the situation was getting to boiling point, so we left.
I understand that it has to end sometime, but the way the police came in and treated the people was unacceptable. When civility and respect are not on the forefront, people get upset, and that is how riots start.
This was a great family event, and the cops came in and started to turn it ugly, using profanity and threats. At one point, a fire truck came through and everyone thought they were going to turn the hoses on us like they did at the Constitution Day parade in 1976. The city invites us here to have a good time. They can’t expect it to end at a specific time, and the police department needs to treat people in a more respectful manner.
Next year, keep the streets closed until 8 p.m. or even midnight, and let the people continue to have their fun in the streets.
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