As baseball fans headed toward Petco Park for the August 20th game, at about 6:30 p.m., a car abruptly stopped on the corner of Tenth Avenue and J Street to unload some passengers at the busy intersection. The driver and the passenger exiting the car were immediately approached by a traffic officer and asked to clear out of the way so traffic could keep flowing.
According to witnesses, a young male passenger -- described as being in his early to mid teens -- started mouthing off to the traffic control officer. The officer then allegedly made a comment to the effect that the young man should have been raised better. Upon hearing the remark, the young teen’s mother immediately took offense.
“She went irate and started making a scene,” said a witness. Police officers responded to the disturbance and tried to talk to the woman. The woman, estimated to be in her mid to late 30s, was heard yelling at police: “I don't need some kid to tell me how to raise my kids.” She did not calm down until an officer pulled out a ticket book as if he was going to write her a citation. Whether she was given a ticket is unknown.
Shortly afterward, the traffic officer approached the woman and both were seen shaking hands. As the woman and her family started walking toward the stadium, a man who witnessed the incident stated, “[The controller] is right, she should have raised her kids better.”