Police Dispatch



APRIL 16, 11 A.M.

Some interesting yard art spurred controversy, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

A deputy responding to a vandalism call was shown the reportee's backyard, which featured art he'd made and hung from trees; he'd also placed the art on the walls surrounding his property. The art was described as "all sorts of dried wood and roots that had been cured and spray-painted." Many of these items were visible from the street, and the artist said he and his wife had gotten numerous complaints from the homeowners' association.

The wife then showed two pieces of art that had been broken—purposefully, she believed, by a certain neighbor with a particularly strong distaste for the products of her husband's creativity.

This neighbor, she said, made several complaints to the homeowners' association about "not wanting to see the art every time she looked out her window." Once, the artist's wife said, the woman had actually told them in person "to get that shit off the walls; this isn't the '60s."

The couple declined to press charges.



APRIL 30, 7:12 P.M.

A malt-liquor-drinking male made a political statement of sorts after a minor infraction, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

UA officers were dispatched to the Phi Gamma Delta house, 1801 E. First St., after a suspicious-activity call. The officers found two males near some bike racks drinking from a 40-ounce bottle of Old English malt liquor.

The officers easily attained the Arizona ID card of the first male. However, the second male claimed to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico and said he didn't have identification on him. Asked for his name and date of birth, he replied, "Fuck you!" Upon further pressure, he said, "My name is Taco Boy!" After repeating this, he began to laugh and told the officers that they "couldn't do shit to him." When one other officer said he was being lawfully detained and was required to give his name, the subject said, "Fuck you, redneck!"

The subject was handcuffed, searched and placed in the rear of a patrol car—at which point he finally gave his name. Officers discovered that he was banned from UA property, and found a warrant for his arrest through the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He was evidently a legal U.S. citizen.

The uncooperative male was taken to jail and booked on a number of charges. The male who'd immediately given his name was cited and released.

The Old English was poured out.