CITY OF LITTLE ROCK TARGETS HOMELESS NEAR CITY HALL AFTER RECEIVING COMPLAINTS FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS, BUT IGNORES VIOLATIONS OF CITY ORDIANCES BY THE COMPLAINING BUSINESS
|TRIVIA MARKETING - VIOLATING A CITY ORDINANCE BY HAVING AN ILLEGAL SIGN|
Michelle Hastings, the owner of Trivia Marketing, who is a constant complainer about homeless individuals obtaining services from two nearby Christian organizations is a law breaker herself. As the old saying goes - People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Little Rock Municipal Ordinances prohibit bow flags, like the one that Hastings has placed on the sidewalk in front of her business.
By the time you are reading this, LR Code Enforcement has made a visit to Trivia Marketing to apprise them of the violation.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
At the LR Board of Director's meeting this week, City Manager Bruce Moore (who by the way has finally apologized, albeit privately, to the Rev. Benny Johnson for spreading false, defamatory information about the good Reverend) made reference to a memorandum he had given to board members that dealt with complaints made by Hastings about From His Throne Ministries, and the Salvation Army, which are located across the street from Hastings business (SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR THE FULL MEMORANDUM).
A reasonable person looking to locate a business where Hastings placed hers would take into account the closeness of the Salvation Army, which has been at that spot on West Markham since 1960, and consider that there might be some foot traffic from transients, the homeless and others needing the help and services the Salvation Army offers and take that into consideration when considering that location.
We suspect that Hastings wanted to piggy-back on Doe's fame as it is across the street as well and being near it might draw attention to her business.
LRPD has responded to approximately 243 calls to the area in the last seven months. Half of those calls were unfounded or non-police incidents.
Apparently Hasting has a lot of time to kill and has a vivid imagination.
One of her complaints alleged that she had observed prostitution going on.
|LRPD SGT. VAN WATSON - DID NOT OBSERVE ANY HANKY PANKY|
Hastings also blamed the homeless folks for graffiti, which is usually attributed to gangs marking or tagging their area.
She also blamed the homeless for breaking a flower pot when it was actually a drunk fellow that lived nearby that was walking home.
LRPD also noted that Hastings was willing to complain but not willing to take suggestions of its officers.
We got the impression that LRPD considers Hasting a nuisance but due to her social standing and pressure from city leadership they have to kiss her ass and target the homeless. Especially with a mayoral race next year.
|HASTINGS AND HER HUBBY - NOT FEEDING THE HOMELESS|
LRPD Chief Kenton Buckner, unable to do anything about the 43 murders and daily shootings, has taken out his frustrations on the poor unfortunate homeless and directed his officer to run them out of the area.
Even Mayor Stodola took time from his busy schedule to get involved.
LRPD had a video camera and speaker installed on a utility pole next to Hastings business. The video is monitored by 911 dispatchers and select LRPD personnel and they can use the speaker to yell at individuals that may be exercising their constitutional right to be in public places. They have around 58 of these cameras that can be placed all over the city should the need arise.
|CAMERA WITH LRPD WRITTEN ON IT AND A SPEAKER DIRECTLY BELOW IT|
LRPD has also placed this area on special patrols and will have officers walk the street to run off the homeless.
It seems that these resources could be put to better use in the areas that shooting and murders are happening.
Maybe some group will get a permit and protest on the public sidewalk in front of the homeless hater's business.
Alert readers will notice that the date on Moore's memo is dated April 17, 2017. That is a mistake. Take a look at what city attorney Tom Carpenter had to say about the shenanigans city manager Bruce Moore tried to get away with.
Moore wanted to "correct" an original document. We wonder how often he does that when a FOI request comes in.