The following letter to the editor was sent to Napa Valley Patch by Napa resident Suzi Gilbert:
We were surprised and disturbed to read a very misleading item in the NV Register pertaining to our personal friend, Amy Larson. It was entitled, “Woman arrested on suspicion of vandalizing sidewalk” and went on to describe her as homeless and under suspicion of defacing a city sidewalk and other city property. She was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.
To begin with, she is not homeless. In reality, she was merely using chalk to write “YouTube WTC Building 7” – nothing permanent or offensive.
Being arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism is absolutely absurd! I recall chalking many a sidewalk as a child to play hopscotch. So, were we children guilty of felony vandalism?
What a waste of police time and tax dollars and a real disservice to Amy and the community. How about addressing real criminal behaviors and stop using law enforcement services to create a tempest in a teapot?
Suzi Gilbert and Steve Husing
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