Following the arrest of a bicyclist and a skateboarder earlier this month, the Denison Police Department said its officers were operating within the law and departmental policies when they arrested the two individuals.
On Sept. 3, a man was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. for riding a skateboard in the roadway, which is a city ordinance violation. A separate man was arrested at approximately 10:15 p.m. that same day for riding his bicycle without a white light.
After the Herald Democrat published reports detailing the arrests on Facebook, users of the social media website raised questions over the necessity of the arrests.
“You don’t have to issue summons for traffic violations,” Lt. Mike Eppler said. “The only traffic violation you have to write a ticket for is speeding. Anything else is an arrestable offense and it’s the officers’ discretion as far as what they do.”
Eppler said there are multiple factors that go into an officers’ decision to arrest an individual. He pointed out that both incidents occurred while it was dark outside and said public safety is always a concern of the department and its officers.