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07-22-07, 11:40 PM #1
City Councilman tells drug dealers he's dumber than mud
CLEVELAND — A city councilman fed up with crime told a teenager with a record that goes back two years to "go to jail or the cemetery," prompting the young man's mother to complain that the letter was threatening.
Was the letter from Councilman Michael Polensek a threat or a warning from a public official to a thug to get out of the neighborhood?
"I think of it as a death threat to my son. It's real simple," Tonya Lewis, mother of Arsenio T. Winston, 18, said Thursday. She said her son wasn't available for an interview but might be reached at another time.
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Polensek, Cleveland's longest-serving council member with 28 years, wasn't backing down.
"I'm not wrong on this issue," he said Thursday. He said the letter wasn't intended as a threat.
Polensek, who has had four vans stolen, mailed the letter last week after learning that Winston had been arrested in the blue-collar Collinwood neighborhood on July 3 on drug-trafficking charges.
"You are a `thug' and you know what," the letter said. "There are only two places you will end up at the rate you are going — that is, prison or the nearest funeral home."
The letter said Winston "must be dumber than mud" to get arrested, called him "you crack dealing piece of trash" and said "only a moron" would get involved in an alleged assault on a police officer.
The letter was signed: "Go to jail or the cemetery soon — Michael D. Polensek." Polensek said the signoff was meant to highlight the likely outcome of Winston's lifestyle.
Winston, who was charged with aggravated assault in 2005 and spent three months in juvenile detention, was arrested last year in the alleged assault on an officer but the case was dismissed. He is out on bond on the drug trafficking charge.
Polensek and Winston have a history. Polensek told Winston and his companions last year about complaints of broken glass and drug-dealing in a playground and asked them to clean up after themselves.
Winston, then 17, refused to shake hands, told Polensek to kiss his rear end and said he was heading for an NFL quarterback's job, Polensek said.
"I am so glad that you are now 18 years of age, because now you are an adult and can no longer hide behind the juvenile court system, Mr. Quarterback, loser," Polensek said in the letter.
Polensek made sure the letter got maximum exposure, sending copies to the mayor's staff, police commanders and to The Plain Dealer.
Polensek said he often writes blunt letters to troublemakers in his neighborhood and makes no apologies for the one to Winston.
Winston's mother said she wouldn't defend his lifestyle. "I don't approve of anything, any illegal activity," she said.
Fox News had a phone interview with this guy. I think I want him as my city council member.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
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07-23-07, 12:18 AM #2
Mizzz Lewis, the honorable councilman wasn't threatening your son. He was expressing his wish that your son face justice for his predatory behavior, whether it be here on earth, or in the hereafter.
I echo his wishes. I support his position, and I hope that his honesty and candor spreads like wildfire.
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07-23-07, 11:27 AM #3
Polensek for President in 2012.
07-23-07, 11:42 AM #4
i am really glad he said what he said bout this shitbag....
kudos too that he is an adult now....
he will be nice yummy fresh meathttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
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Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
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His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
07-23-07, 12:25 PM #5
Your all just so harsh...he's really a good boy and those weren't even his pants.
07-23-07, 01:43 PM #6
NFL doesn't often draft guys who aren't playing college ball, didn't this schmuck get the memo?\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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Its not a threat, its just telling him where his life is leading "to jail or to the cemetary".
07-24-07, 02:14 PM #8
I don't know about being a quarterback, but he will most definatly be playing the "catcher" in prison.
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