Friday, February 09, 2007
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Take a closer look at the picture the Star posted on its website of the house being used to operate an illegal pea shake house at 1410 W. Roache Street. Anyone notice the windows are boarded up? You can't tell from this photo, but WRTV's video report showed a sophisticated surveillance system affixed to the exterior of the house as well. Keeping in mind that this house is located in a residential neighborhood, is occupied and being used for commercial purposes, can anyone explain to me why a DMD inspector hasn't cited the owner of the house for the obvious zoning violations? I've represented homeowners who've been dragged into the environmental court for violations that are petty compared to the open and obvious violations going on here.
Now, contrast the city's hands-off approach towards the pea shake houses with the heavy hand it has used to put Miss Ann and her harmless, non-sexual dominatrix business known as THE REFORMATORY out of business. A press release from Mayor Peterson announced, "The Mayor joined neighborhood leaders, daycare staff and Indianapolis Police Chief Michael Spears to discuss the closure of The Reformatory, an illegal sex shop located in the historic Chatham Arch neighborhood across the street from a youth daycare." The release continued, "The Reformatory sold various adult items related to masochism and erotic torture and advertised weekly sessions onsite teaching domination and masochistic practices." "Illegal, adult businesses like the Reformatory have no place in neighborhoods, especially in and around schools, daycare centers, parks and other locations where our children play and learn," said Mayor Peterson.
THE REFORMATORY isn't anything approaching an "illegal sex shop" as Mayor Peterson falsely described it. As Miss Ann points out in response to the Mayor's press release, her "#1 selling product of THE REFORMATORY was male chastity devices used to keep men chaste and to prevent promiscious sex and adultery." "THE REFORMATORY carried $20,000 in fine art inventory and regularly put money directly into the pockets of local artists and craftsmen," Miss Ann said. "Weekly discussion groups were focused on teaching strong relationship foundations built in a trust dynamic," she added. Although the Mayor defended his actions based on neighborhood complaints, the record shows the city manufactured those complaints to make its case for closing the business. There's much more you can read about the Gastapo-like tactics Mayor Peterson and his administration used to put Miss Ann's THE REFORMATORY out of business by clicking here. This is just another example of why the rule of law matters. This administration shows time and time again that our city is not being governed by the written law.