The nationwide protests calling for defunding police departments has led local governments to move more quickly than they have in the past in pressing for law enforcement reforms. Soon after the escalation...
OK, I’ll admit it, it was actually kind of a kick issuing a national warning ticket to the police. Especially since I’m normally on the receiving end of those goddamn things. I look at it as a kind of an occupational perk. But I am occasionally accused of over-analyzing things, and this may have been one of those times. The more video I saw from the more incidents, as a father of four daughters I suddenly realized that I was watching something that is actually a rather common occurrence for most parents. When I watch those videos, I’m actually watching a 4 year old who just had their favorite toy taken away. They don’t like being disciplined, so they’re throwing a temper tantrum. But when you talk to any public official, from mayor to city council member to county commissioner, they will all tell you the same thing. That the biggest obstacle to reforming police practices is the all powerful police unions. Because most police departments are considered critical agencies, and therefore forbidden from striking, the unions use their public perception as the good guys to apply public pressure on officials to buckle, as well as devious practices to ensure compliance. Believe it or not, I actually have a wealth of experience in this department. As a pilot crew scheduler for United Airlines for more than 15 years, I fought a daily, endless battle with the Air Line Pilots Association, more commonly known as ALPA. We had a running joke on the crew desk that the only union in the world more heartless, arrogant, and conniving than the pilots union was the Soviet Union. As Americans fell more and more in love with the ease, speed, and convenience of flying, pilots saw their stature rise. Although not actually public servants, their stature with the public was still quite high. And whenever anything went wrong with a flight, be it a delay or a cancellation, even if it was actually their fault, nobody ever blamed the pilots, it was always the company that was responsible. And the pilots used that perception to their advantage, just like the police unions do. You see, you don’t have to strike to be a pain in the ass when your poor delicate little fee-fees are hurt. Whether police or pilot, no matter how perfectly the schedule is built, things such as sick calls, weather, or other things will occur that will require you to ask the cops or pilots to do something that isn’t a part of their regular schedule or responsibilities. And that’s where the fun begins. At United, it was called a WOE program, which stood for Withdrawal Of Enthusiasm. If a pilot had a preset series of trips in his schedule for the month, he was entitled to fly that schedule. If you wanted him to do something else, you had to ask him to do it, which normally meant cutting a deal. Pilots love deals, since they normally end up with more time off for the same pay. But if the union was beating the war drum, pilots would refuse even ridiculously lucrative deals, solely for the purpose of causing schedule delays and disruptions to put public pressure on the company to accede to whatever it was the union wanted at the moment.This is what I think you’re going to start seeing in cities […]
Consider this your official warning, You’re ALL under the microscope! And it’s going to get a helluva lot worse before it gets better, so the sooner you get the memo, and at least appear to get with the program, the easier this is going to be for all of you. It was the heavy handed and senseless death of George Floyd that kicked off this latest round of protests. But this time it was so over the top that it actually spawned a movement about reforming policing instead of just settling for getting justice for the victim. And in response, what did you guys do to put out the fire? Oh jeez, I dunno. How about getting caught on video shooting a grandmother in California between the eyes with a bean bag? How about shoving a 75 year old man in Buffalo to the ground so violently that he cracked his head on the pavement, knocked cold and bleeding from the ear, and in serious but stable condition today. And just to top it off, why not knock some random guy who you don’t like filming your latest excessive force to the ground, cracking his head open and sending him right back to the hospital he works at for 7 staples to the gourd? Please tell me, because I’d really like to know, how can you be so fucking stupid? Jesus, you’re cops, you should know better! Even pickpockets know enough to move to a different street when he sees a cop looking at him too closely, but you clowns insist in swaggering around like a bunch of outlaw bikers pulling into a one stoplight town. And you’re only making it worse for yourselves. Atlanta just stiffened the rules for the use of body cams, and the penalties for having them off without authorization. Not only is the city of Minneapolis about to outlaw all forms of choke holds for use in the field, ft you pissed them off to the point that they’re also writing a rule mandating that any officer on a scene immediately intervene if he sees an excessive use of force, or face sanctions him or herself. It’s that last one that’s really going to hurt, because it potentially pits good cops against bad cops. And it’s not like I’m anti cop or anything, I come from a cop family. My grandfather and an uncle were both career Chicago cops. And personally, I honestly believe that the number of good cops far outnumbers the bad ones. But when department regulations put good cops at risk of losing their pay and bennies to a suspension, and that rap on their jacket, it’s going to lead to some friction in the field. And do us all a favor, don’t start whining about citizen intimidation and harassment. Hell, it’s not like we’re hiding in doorways and behind cars, secretly following you guys around, and filming you in dark alleys or something. You’re pulling this shit right out in plain sight, and many times in broad daylight! If you hate the fact that every time you get out of a car to grab a coke from a deli, everybody on the street whips out their cell phones, consider the fact that it wouldn’t be that way if y’all hadn’t created the atmosphere. Look, as a reformed smoker of 40 years, I know how hard old habits can be […]
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