Anonymous said...(which responded to this) deserves a prominent response.
You havin fun jagoff? That could change.
This probably isn't as much fun as, say, breaking your girlfriend's jaw, or mistakenly attacking and shooting an innocent bystander in a blind, booze-fueled rage (might want to get some help for that, by the way), or putting a vicious three-on-one pounding on some innocent honor student along Tioga Street, or falsifying sworn testimony to (attempt to) conceal abuse of power, or drinking on duty (overtime!) with an elected official, or looking the other way when the drug dealer owns the bar that is paying you for moonlighting shifts, or abusing shackled college girls in a police van after playing soldier on campus.
Observing and addressing the current condition of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police isn't a particularly good time. (That may be part of the reason the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review appear to be sitting this one out.)
But so long as Luke Ravenstahl isn't up to keeping his police bureau in bounds, and Steve Zappala isn't inclined to do his job, and the police union leadership demeans honorable and admirable officers by defending the few rotten apples among them to ridiculous degree, and local judicial authorities impersonate potted plants . . . so long as citizens are being victimized rather than protected by law enforcement personnel, attempting to illuminate an ugly situation seems worthwhile, at least until federal authorities get a chance to impose some adult supervision on the overmatched yokels in InsolvenCity's police department, mayor's office, minor judiciary and district attorney's office.
(Cue: City council?)
On second thought, maybe we are trying to find some levity in a sad situation. If you can't make fun of bullies, liars, cowards, blowhards and fools, what's the point?
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