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These days, most of the complaints lodged against him seem to stem from his liberal use of the trespass list. But when it comes to fighting crime at Parker Square or anyplace like it, Griddine says, the advantages of that list are worth their weight in OCC complaints.
"The trespass list is how I've gotten five guns in two months," he says. "We had a double homicide that happened right across the street, July 4, 2010. We stopped a guy for trespassing. The gun he had on him matches the bullets used there. So it's more than just trespassing."
In the six years that he has been working Parker Square off-duty, Griddine says, there have been two homicides on the property. (One of the victims was trespassing when he was killed.) In years prior, Parker Square was good for at least two homicides every year.
Racking up the department's most citizen complaints may be a dubious distinction, but time is bearing out Griddine's story. Bazart, for instance, was willing to tell a Pitch reporter about overhearing Griddine say nasty things to her granddaughter, but she never filed that complaint with the OCC. The most recent report she filed, according to OCC employees, was in September 2010, a jumbled account of Griddine scolding her for wasting his time. She rescinded the complaint a few months later.
Likewise, none of the copies of OCC complaints that Denise Batton provided to The Pitch mention her daughter's claims of being hit on by the officer.
With all the petty hostility, it would be hard to blame Griddine for jumping at a chance to be reassigned. But Griddine says he has turned down invitations to join the department's homicide unit.
"Tim's had opportunities to be a detective, certainly to be SWAT, but he chose to stay and make the neighborhood a better place," Majors says. "I think the people who are complaining need to be looking at what they're talking about, and they should be looked at closely. What do they have to gain if Timmy's not there?"