Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Window War?

A few years ago I read a short story by Mike Vanderboegh called The Window War in which civil disobedience took the shape of breaking windows in public buildings and the headquarters of the major political parties. I doubt this story is related but it is an interesting coincidence.

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Man throws brick through City Hall, police HQ windows
Austin police say a man tossed a rock through the window of police headquarters after he hit Austin City Hall with a big rock minutes earlier late Monday night. On Wednesday, 47-year-old Jesse Elmer Whited was charged with criminal mischief for the crime.

Police say first a security guard on duty saw Whited smash the glass and sprint down Cesar Chavez.

Then 14 minutes later police say the scruffy suspect was captured committing a crime on camera outside police headquarters. On video Whited is seen shattering the glass and taking off.

The glass at City Hall has been replaced but some are upset city hall was targeted with this misdemeanor madness.

“It’s pretty upsetting. I would have to wonder why someone would do something like that," says Austin lawyer Nikelle Meade. "It’s a beautiful building. It’s a safety issue they could have really hurt somebody.”

“There's no evidence to show he was trying to commit a burglary. He didn’t stay. He didn’t try to pull the windows open or anything like that," says APD spokesman Scott Perry. "He walks up throws the rock turns around and runs off.”

He also created a problem for the cash-strapped city that now has to replace all the broken glass.

“It’s about $500 for the window here at city hall. We don’t know the cost estimate for the one that was broken at APD yet," says Austin building service officer Jill Maness. "It’s a bit of an inconvenience the glass has to ordered, it’s a double pane safety glass. We’ve made a temporary Plexiglas replacement.”

Police haven’t added any officers to their patrol but say they will patrol city owned buildings more often.

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