Banned For Life From City Parks

For the Drabek brothers there's a legal invisible fence around Council Bluffs city parks. They've been banned for life.

"If I have a family someday I can't take my kids to the park if I'm banned for life," says 18-year-old Jeremy Drabek.

Recently a police officer confronted several teens at Trolley Park near 29th and Avenue A and ordered them to pick up a mess they made, but the Drabeks talked trash.

"They were defiant used obscenities and were argumentative. They had left trash in the park and the officer was trying to get it cleaned up." Captain R. L. Miller says Bluffs Police are giving city parks special attention.

"I'm sorry I was rude to the cop not doing what he said but I' don't think they should have banned us for life," says 19-year-old Cedric Drabek.

Angela Drabek said only her sons were given trespass notices with life time bans. She said the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

In fact the notice isn't like a a ticket so the brothers won't get their day in court.

Captain Miller said this incident points out the need for an appeals process. He said plans are in the works to establish an impartial appeals board for Council Bluffs. Miller said officers will also be given better guidelines on handling unruly park goers that would include warnings and shorter bans.

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