Cleveland City Councilman Terrell Pruitt has had enough of this healthy, outdoor exercise crap. He wants those portable basketball hoops, and gosh darn it, he wants them now. Nevermind the wholesome and long-standing tradition of congregation around hoops during the summer. He'll go door to door until he gets those menaces off the streets if he has to. Those kids will just have to find something else to do with three months of free time. I'm sure they'll find something. Maybe knitting or origami.
Read his rationale after the jump.
The city already has an ordinance on the books, but the law says police can confiscate the portable hoops only after issuing two previous citations. Pruitt said his office typically gets two or three calls a week during the summer from residents who grow tired of having basketball games played on their streets.
Pruitt, whose ward consists mainly of the Lee-Miles and Corlett neighborhoods in southeast Cleveland, said he wants to give officers discretion to take hoops when they are an obvious source of problems.
He said street basketball games can present a danger for children and motorists and that they sometimes attract illegal activity.
This all begs a few obviously questions...
Are there safe parks with basketball hoops available for play in the Lee-Miles and Corlett neighborhoods?
If cops are allowed to confiscate the hoops, how are they going to do so? Strap it to the top of the squad car?