In the April 23, 2020 print edition of the Elgin Courier, there was the "Police Blotter" section. Though I hadn't as yet read my Courier, a couple of friends did, and immediately recognized one of the incidents in this Police Blotter section as being similar to an unpleasant event in my own life.
Without belaboring a ridiculous set of events regarding the incident report in the police blotter, April 5, 3:30 p.m., here's my side of the story:
- Yes, I was walking my dogs that afternoon on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Central Ave. Elgin;
- Yes, one of my dogs stopped to sniff and urinate on the curb in front of a store, which as far as I know is not a crime. Defecation is another matter and I am always prepared with bags for pick up, disposing of them in garbage cans, as warranted;
- Yes, the business owner came bounding out of his store the afternoon of April 5, and rushed towards me and my dogs as we were making our way towards Avenue B;
- Yes, I urged said business person to maintain six feet of distance, as I had just been tested for COVID-19, to which I was pronounced "negative" less than 48 hours later;
- No, I did not make infectious or idle threats on the business or its customers, as the incident report notes;
- No, I had never intended to harass the business, or any of the customers, by walking my dog and letting her sniff and pee at the corner of Avenue C and Central Ave.
- Yes, the business owner and partner, posted an unwarranted series of comments on my Facebook feed;
- Yes, the business owner continued such unwarranted language in an email to me on April 6th.
Harassment was the basis on which this incident report was filed with the Elgin Police Department on April 5, 2020. Harassment as a crime defined by the Texas Penal Code. Is walking your dog/s on the sidewalk in front of a business considered harassment to you? If so, I would like to know why.