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Bush league?

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A lot of young Winnipeggers are upset by the reaction from city police to a large "bush party" in the southwest corner of the city Friday night.That became obvious as my e-mail inbox began filling up Saturday with people angered at my story "Wild night on Charleswood Road".Some felt police made a mountain out of a molehill. Others suggested it was the officers - not the teen revellers - who were being "hostile". And some said police should just let teens be teens, essentially.I can understand their frustration. But I can also see why police would want to clamp down on such a party, given the fact teens plus testosterone plus alcohol can often equal trouble.And let's not forget it was area residents - and even some parents - who called police in to break up the festivities.Now, one might debate whether having at least 20 cruiser cars on a busy Friday night devoted to this call is a case of overkill.But as my story pointed out, one such party turned deadly last summer in Saskatoon when a young woman was stabbed to death.Anyways, I'd be curious to know where you stand on this issue. Should police have just ignored the event or were they right to come down hard?And does the fact an estimated 400 youths had gathered for this party leave you wondering what they had told their parents about what they were going to be doing that night?Post your thoughts below.

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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