Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Police Unions are Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Some Police Unions are being dicks.

I like this from an anonymous police officer in Baltimore..

Both said the Baltimore Police Department is simply reacting to events instead of being proactive. They talked about feeling abandoned by their leadership and feeling scared -- not about being hurt, necessarily, but about being charged criminally for doing what they see as their job. Six officers have been charged in Gray's death, which has been ruled a homicide.
"Ultimately, it does a disservice to the law-abiding citizens. It does a disservice to the business owners. It does a disservice to everybody except the criminal element," the second officer said about operating in reactive mode.
He denied the existence of a work slowdown but said he couldn't promise proactive policing. (emphasis mine)
Nice.  Six officers actually did kill someone who had not committed any crime were charged in the death, and now the Police Officers in Baltimore are on strike(ish) and letting everyone know.  It kind of reinforces the worst stereotypes of unions and bullying police.

As for the McKinny Pool Incident, the Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson said... well, I'll let you read it.
Daniel Malenfant, lodge president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police of which Casebolt is a member said that, although they hadn't examined the video yet, they knew that the situation was not motivated by race at all. "The McKinney FOP assures that this was not a racially motivated incident and can say without a shadow of a doubt that all members of the McKinney FOP and McKinney PD do not conduct racially biased policing,” Malenfant said in a statement.
One wonders then why, then, in the video only the black children are shoved down, arrested and handcuffed, even though many of them live in the community.  The videographer, one of the white kids, said that was the whole point of him taking the video;  to show how they treated his balck and white friends totally differently.
Perhaps Daniel Malenfant should watch the video, then tell us all why our eyes are lying to us.

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