They hate freedom:
If you're thinking about setting off your personal stash of fireworks on the 4th of July, there's something you should know. Certain neighborhoods in parts of the Twin Cities will have an extra set of eyes on them.
When you celebrate the 4th of July, Saint Paul police officer Lynette Cherry may show up as a surprise guest if the celebration gets out of hand.
If I'm celebrating the birth of our nation by blowing up a small chunk of it at a party, and an "Officer Cherry" arrives at my door, more likely than not she'd be a stripper.
"I'm assigned the fireworks detail. I listen on the air for any calls related to fireworks and then I proactively patrol to see if anyone is lighting them off," Officer Cherry explains.
Officer Cherry is part of a police effort this year in Saint Paul to get tough on illegal fireworks. She works a special fireworks patrol. One squad car in each district is assigned to respond to fireworks calls over the holiday and seize illegal fireworks.
"We have zero tolerance for any illegal fireworks," Officer Cherry says.
Yet out in the benighted burbs, our cops tend to look the other way around the Fourth, save for answering the occasional "close encounter" complaint.
Well, it's not all sparklers and roses out in Apple Valley. We do have watering restrictions...