Let me start by saying my family has owned property here in Payson since 1971 and never have the Payson police been called out against any of us, until now. The point we (John Hammer and Jeremy Hammer) wanted to make by doing an interview with the newspaper, published Dec. 22 in the article "Residents question use of domestic violence laws, was to ask if the police are motivated by justice or money.
Per capita, Payson is on the high end of the average for domestic violence arrests. Now, is that because our town is filled with violent people or is it because the judicial system (starting with the police) in our town is more interested in cash flow than justice? You be the judge.
When a man is arrested for yelling in his own home, something is wrong.
Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
But when the second man (never raised his voice) is arrested for being yelled at, this is about arrest quotas, fines and the money they charge to take the several week course that anyone convicted of domestic violence is required to take.
My question to the editor and the entire town is, who is next? Maybe a parent dealing with their child, your parents, or maybe even grandma and grandpa if they happen to argue too loudly.
The abuse of this law, for cash flow, has to stop.
Stand up and be heard before it happens to you and yours. Just make sure when you are heard that you keep your voice down or you could be next. When was the last time you yelled.
Last, but not least, according to the dictionary, the meaning of the word violence is, "Intense force, abuse or injurious physical force, damage and acting with or characterized by uncontrolled physical force."
So, maybe this town should change the name of the crime to "domestic arguing" or better yet, "domestic cash flow."
John Hammer, Jeremy Hammer, Payson