Richmond Mom to Serve Community Service Hrs for Chalk “Vandalism”

Thanks to Joe, who provides us with an update on a damn ridiculous situation out of Richmond, VA. For background, check out this post by Nate Cox, founder of VA Cop Block. -Pete

RICHMOND, VA. – A judge found enough evidence to convict a Richmond mom who is charged with vandalism, but he’s delaying a final disposition until she performs community service hours.

29-year-old Susan Mortensen allowed her daughter to draw on rocks on Belle Isle with chalk.

Mortensen will now serve 50 hours of community service in order for the judge to dismiss her charge.

In court, NBC12 learned a little more about the confrontation between Mortensen and Officer Stacy Rogers, who saw her daughter writing on the rocks.

Outside the courthouse, people support Susan Mortensen with their own chalk on the sidewalk. However, in court, the officer who reprimanded her back in March says she responded with an attitude and curse words.

“I don’t think I should comment on that,” said Mortensen after the trial. I agree that the outcome is something I would agree with and I thought it would help as far as doing community service.”

Mortensen has since then apologized. She’s agreed to complete 50 hours of community service through the James River Park System.

http://www.wric.com/story/19153714/mom-ticketed-for-childs-chalk-drawing-to-appear-in-court

http://www.kltv.com/story/19166323/woman-convicted-for-childs-chalk-drawings-at-belle-isle

http://www.nbc12.com/story/19157617/woman-convicted-for-childs-chalk-drawings-at-belle-isle

Awesome to see that others were out in support of Mortensen but too bad she decided to apologize for the dastardly actions of her four-year-old – using non-toxic children’s chalk on public property. My question to you is: would you choose to pay the salary of Stacy Rogers? I know I wouldn’t. -Pete


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