Originally Published: September 4, 2018 8:22 p.m.
The Tribune featured an article about the use of motorcycles and loud vehicles near Spouse and Manley drives in Prescott Valley. I am always appalled by the attitude of neighbors and law enforcement officers toward the young adults in our communities. Weren’t we all young once?
Young adults keep our neighborhoods alive and moving toward the future. Here, low wages and lack of job opportunities make it difficult for them to remain after their education is complete. Their weekend barbecue may bring two to three police cars to their door, arrests made and jail profiles inflicted for noncriminal activities.
Daily, they are pulled over for contrived auto violations, like “No protective eyeglasses” or old flaps on a pickup. The officer will impound the vehicle or street bike. The driver, if below the age of 25 years, will be taken to jail, charged a fine, incur a criminal record. Older drivers get a “fix-it ticket.”
An older guy is allowed to walk across someone’s yard, but a property owner held an 18-year-old at gun point for doing the same. He was held in jail for 24 hours, incurred a trespassing fine and a police record, while the property owner/abuser received no retribution for his actions.
I know for a fact that young adults really have to work doubly hard to make a life here. I am certain that my adult grandchildren are good citizens and practice kindness and understanding toward their elders. What will it take for our residents here to give back that respect and speak out about discrimination? They have rights too.