What’s the Point?
So, my local paper reports that underage Monmouth University students were, drum-roll…… drinking.
Police said they broke up a party, hosted by Monmouth University students, that included underage drinking.Around 2:10 a.m. Sunday, police discovered a loud party at a Garfield Avenue home, said Detective Lt. Steven R. Peters.
He said there was underage drinking taking place at the party and police handed out summonses to more than a dozen people.
Four tenants of the house — Paul M. Szamosszegi, 22, of Wayne, Jake A. Fredrick, 20, of Riverdale, Colton L. Strano, 18, of Westfield, and Jie Li, 24, of Ocean Township — were charged with providing alcoholic beverages to persons underage, and issued summonses for violating the township noise ordinance, police said.
Fredrick and Strano also were given summonses for violating a township ordinance that prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on private property while under the legal age, said Peters.
Police said they also issued the same summonses to more than a dozen other party guests, most of whom were Monmouth University students. Police identified those guests as…
Probably this is like the scoop of the decade. But, seriously, I would like someone to explain to me why A.) The Asbury Park Press is wasting space reporting on a party, that was broken up, where all the violators were released, and B.) The cops even bother. I’m a big believer that if you have a law on the books, that you have no intention of evenly enforcing, you ought to get rid of it. Since clearly cops have no intention of seriously enforcing underage drinking laws, they’re making a mockery of the system by unseriously enforcing them. You scare the hell out of some teenagers for doing something they had no reason to expect they’d get in trouble for, and this is…justice?
Eh, I’m not buying it. I remember reading, in a Teddy Roosevelt biography, about a law that prohibited the operation of liquor stores on Sundays. But, it was one of those wink and nod situations. When Teddy became police commissioner, both the winking and the nodding were gone. He enforced that law and, not too long afterwards, New Yorkers decided they weren’t so keen on pious dryness after all. I think that’s the right way to go about it. Enforce the law and, if it’s an unjust law, eventually someone will complain and it’ll be replaced. It’s an insult to the Democratic process when you have these meaningless one off busts, to enforce a law no one takes seriously.