Apparently when you let a for-profit business run a government, even the police department has to close after hours. That makes me feel safe.
Here is the context. A teenager, who was living abroad, was wrongfully arrested upon re-entry into the U.S. at the Atlanta Airport after customs determined that there was a warrant out for his arrest for a traffic ticket, for which the fine really had been paid. When his mother found out about it, this is what happened:
Marlene Kelsey, who was at the airport to pick up her son, frantically began working for his release.
She got proof that the initial court date had been rescheduled and the ticket paid, and went to the Fulton County Jail, then to Sandy Springs.
“The arresting [Atlanta] officer was adamant that I call Sandy Springs,” Marlene Kelsey said. “I went to the precinct, and nobody was there. When I called the ‘after hours’ number, the phone rang, then cut off.”
Sandy Springs Lt. Steve Rose said the department didn’t have enough staff to man the desk, and admits that the department was at fault.
“That warrant never should have been in the computer,” Rose said. “We should have done something and we didn’t.”
Is this what it means to run a government like a business?