Monday, February 11, 2008

The Marines (not) In Toledo

This happened over the weekend and sorry I didn't get ot it. The orginal story via Instapundit.

The 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., planned to spend their weekend engaged in urban patrol exercises on the streets of downtown as well as inside the mostly vacant Madison Building, 607 Madison Ave.
Toledo police knew days in advance about their plans for a three-day exercise. Yet somehow the memo never made it to Mayor Finkbeiner, who ordered the Marines out yesterday afternoon just minutes before their buses were to arrive.
"The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people," said Brian Schwartz, the mayor's spokesman.

and here's the update.
News 11 asked people if they think Mayor Finkbeiner's decision is right.
One woman we asked says, "No, I feel we would have welcomed the marines."
"They're here to protect us. The mayor has no say in what they can and cannot do and I don't think the citizens have a problem with it," says another woman.
"I think Carty scares the people more than the Marines scare the people," says one man.
News 11 and wants to know what you think.

UPDATE: Here's a link to video from WTOL ... the Mayor is an ... ahh forget it.