. . . [T]he head of the park district told me, on the record and with full knowledge of who I was and what I was doing, told me it was not the job of the park district to enforce the ordinance to ticket sex offenders who come near parks or playgrounds. He told me it was the job of other local law enforcement.
Wynn later went on to tell me that they also were not planning to go door to door to check and see who were sex offenders living near the parks and who weren't. "We are not in the sex offender business" were his exact words.
During the entire course of this conversation, I kept asking myself, what was the point of having a law that ticketed sex offenders in parks, if the primary branch of law enforcement wasn't going to do the job? Initially, Wynns agreed to come on my morning radio show and talk about this. He told he wanted to make it clear to the public that this was not the Park District's job. He said he'd already made that fact known to the council, as well. However, a Park District spokeswoman later called me to tell me the interview was cancelled and they could not talk about the ordinance because of the pending lawsuit by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. (Note, the city had no problem talking about the violent video game ban suit a few years back.)
Now City attorney Kobi Wright has agreed to come on my radio program Monday morning at 7:20 and explain to me exactly where I may be confused. But when the head of the Park District tells me that his agency is "not in the sex offender business" things seem pretty clear to me.
There you have it. Taxpayers are going to be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend a lawsuit against an ordinance it has no intention of enforcing because the law is just that bad. But our candidates for prosecutor have a press release and issue they can use to tell voters they are getting tough on child molesters.
UPDATE: City attorney Kobi Wright appeared on Abdul In The Morning Monday morning and told Abdul the park police will enforce the ordinance, although there will be no door-to-door checks for sex offenders, contradicting the statements Joe Wynns gave to Abdul last Friday.