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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

My wife and I were at a mall in Stockton on May 3 at about 10:30 a.m. where we ran across a scene being played out in one of the shops. There was a woman screaming at the top of her lungs and using foul language and threats as her daughter, who was about 7 or so, was crying at witnessing her mother's actions. This woman would not stop. She just kept going back for more and would not listen to mall security.

At this point I told my wife that we needed to go — so we left. When we reached the parking lot, there were two police officers sitting in their cruiser. I approached them and told them what was going on in the mall. I was told that they did not receive any calls, so I said, "Well, this woman is going nuts in there." At that point the police just got back in the car and did not even bother to see what was going on.

I have always been an advocate for police officers, and I realize they have a very hard and stressful job, but needless to say I was very disappointed at their lack of action. I know they need more police on the street, but they need to be police that will do the job when needed, not just when they get a call.

You should have considered that your call — shame on you.

Stan Spigelmire


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