October 29, 2011

OFFICERS PROTEST ARREST OF LAWBREAKING OFFICERS: Officers Jeer at Arraignment of 16 Colleagues in Ticket-Fixing Investigation. “A three-year investigation into the police’s habit of fixing traffic and parking tickets in the Bronx ended in the unsealing of indictments on Friday and a stunning display of vitriol by hundreds of off-duty officers, who converged on the courthouse to applaud their accused colleagues and denounce their prosecution. . . . The assembled police officers blocked cameras from filming their colleagues, in one instance grabbing lenses and shoving television camera operators backward.”

Their signs read Just Following Orders. You guys better not pull any attitude on anyone you pull over for speeding now. In fact, both the scandal and the reaction seem like good arguments for privatization. Why should taxpayers subsidize an entitled class that thinks it’s above the law?

More here. “This is felony conduct. It is criminal conduct.”

UPDATE: Reader John Simons writes:

Just wanted to highlight one thing in that article you linked by the NY Times. The last sentence “Once they had gone and the tide of officers had dispersed, the street was littered with refuse.”

I found it interesting that the NY Times would note that.

Who do these guys think they are, #Occupy protesters? Once again, the Tea Party shines by comparison. . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: The New York Post editorializes: “Fact is, the best way to cultivate contempt for the law is to create the impression that the rules apply only to some.”