It is apparent that those of us who respect the danger of fireworks have no rights and that the mission statement of the Brookfield Police Department has no meaning. Every year it is a battle to get the illegal fireworks stopped. 

Fireworks are illegal in Illinois — bottle rockets, fireworks of any size, sky rockets, roman candles, etc. — yet every Fourth of July, there are neighbors who persist in shooting these off. 

When police are called, we are told they can’t do anything unless they are caught in the act of shooting them off, so to speak. We have basically been told that we have no rights to protect our property. The neighbors, of course, assure us that nothing will happen to our house; apparently, they think they are experts. Yet experts get hurt as well. 

In the mission statement of the Brookfield Police Department, it states, “We believe that public safety and crime reduction can only occur when the police and the community work together as a team.” 

Yet in our efforts to work with the police, we are told they can’t do anything. My son showed the officers the video of the fireworks, but because the complaint was not signed, nothing was done. 

I am tired of being afraid to stay in my home on the Fourth; I am tired of being told to close the windows and turn on the air conditioning; and I am tired of being told to leave for the night. It is not just a night anymore, it is a week or more. We no longer live in the land of the free; rather we live in the land of the criminals.

If other states can successfully enforce the ban on fireworks, why can’t Brookfield or Illinois? 

Kathy Lifka

Brookfield

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