First the hissy fit, then some comments

NYT editors:

de Blasio isn’t going to say it, but somebody has to: With these acts of passive-aggressive contempt and self-pity, many New York police officers, led by their union, are squandering the department’s credibility, defacing its reputation, shredding its hard-earned respect. They have taken the most grave and solemn of civic moments — a funeral of a fallen colleague — and hijacked it for their own petty look-at-us gesture. In doing so, they also turned their backs on Mr. Ramos’s widow and her two young sons, and others in that grief-struck family. These are disgraceful acts, which will be compounded if anyone repeats the stunt at Officer Liu’s funeral on Sunday. The New York Police Department is going through a terrible time, and the assassinations of those officers only underscore the dreadful dangers that rank-and-file cops face every day. And, in truth, there is some thanklessness to being a cop. Officers often feel beleaguered, jerked around by supervisors and politicians, obligated to follow rules and policies that can be misguided, held responsible for their mistakes in ways that the public is not, exposed to frequent ridicule and hostility from the people they are sworn to serve. It has always been that way with cops. But none of those grievances can justify the snarling sense of victimhood

What a bunch of jerks at the NYT. BTW, arrests are down 66% in recent days. Small wonder. Also, how about Sheriff David Clarke for president? HT: PL

All this anti-police stuff boggles the mind. It could have made some sense if there were a pattern of individual policemen repeatedly involved in these incidents, but the total killings are only 200 a year by policemen of every stripe. So you have the bizarre spectacle of the media running from city to city and village to village to find an event to fit the narrative. Boy, these progressive narratives, one after the other and non-stop, are getting to be really annoying.

3 Responses to “First the hissy fit, then some comments”

  1. MarkD Says:

    The police, by and large, do a good job, but, that thin blue line stuff is nonsense. The majority tolerate bad cops, and that is a problem. Every time I read of some yahoo interfering with the filming of an arrest, my respect drops. Every time I read about a cop shooting some family’s harmless dog, I get mad. Every time I see film about some beaten suspect, I wonder how many more they got away with. The police have some clean-up to do, and the end of official immunity would go quite a way toward fixing this problem. It’s time to end police unions as well. I want the bad ones gone.

    On the other hand, the mayor picked this fight with some ill advised statements that blew up in his face. He’s a man entitled to his private opinion, but he’s also the mayor, and he has a responsibility to the city, which he blew, big time. I don’t blame the NYPD one bit for turning their backs on this guy.

  2. bagoh20 Says:

    Exactly right and perfectly said, MarkD. It is possible to hold all sides responsible for what they do. I have a big problem with bad cops and foolish police policy, but I don’t need to get emotional and lose perspective over it. The anti-cop stuff we are seeing is mindless, emotional, mob mentality devoid of reason.

  3. feeblemind Says:

    Well said Mark D.

    re the decline of arrests/police activity

    One wonders how much revenue NYC is losing in lost fines from the work slowdown?

    Heh.

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