Fresno's Finest ...
I've never been to Fresno California and after reading what I read today I'm not ever likely to.
I mean, what might the awful outcome be if something untoward ever happened and I needed to call the cops? Oh dear, dear, dear ..... I definitely dread to think.
When I saw a BBC report about a little 11 year old girl called Maribel Cuevas, I could hardly believe what I was reading. Take a quick glimpse below to see what I'm talking about.
They're treating her like a violent parole offender," Richard Beshwate said. "It's not a felony, it's an 11-year-old acting like an 11-year-old."
Here's another peek.
Maribel Cuevas was arrested in April in a police operation which involved three police cars and a helicopter.
Three police cars and a helicopter!? Y'know, if this kind of overkill wasn't so shocking it could come across as comical. But even then, only in a sick sort of way. So eat your hearts out, black-comedy writers, you couldn't compete with this kind of crassness if you tried to. Talk about the Keystone Cops; I'd say they couldn't hold a candle to Fresno's farcical finest.
I ask you -- can you get your head around this ? Well, can you? Honestly and truly?
The girl, who speaks little English, has admitted throwing a rock at a group of boys she says were pestering her with water balloons as she walked down the street.
An ambulance was called, but arrived flanked by three police patrol vehicles. A helicopter meanwhile hovered overhead.
With such overwhelmingly superior resources set against her it's not so surprising that soon Mariela was 'subdued'.
The 11-year-old was then read her rights twice in English before being detained.Wow! They read her her rights twice. Boy! Two times, eh? That was bloody big of them.
And talking of two, there were two particular things that really jumped right up off the BBC web page and hit me plumb between both eyes.
1./ One of the Fresno police involved was a Sergeant named Martinez.
2./ None were named Bilko.
Maybe everyone should be a bit more careful in future, especially those living in, around or anywhere near fair Fresno. Maybe from now on, all good mothers and fathers should start locking up their little daughters -- before their local loony-cops get the chance.
Click the link below to read the BBC's report on the sad but true story. But first be warned - your mind may well be boggled.