Thursday, May 27, 2010
Politically Progressive Police Chiefs
Now comes the Police Executive Research Forum, the estimable "think tank" of mostly Left leaning police chiefs from large cities, to weigh in on the new Arizona Immigration Law (wouldn't you love to know how many of these "think tankers" actually read the law?). You can guess (before reading the article from the Washington Post) what position on the new law they took. Hint: they met yesterday with Eric Holder at the Justice Department.
The Washington Post article discussed the opinions of these "apolitical" chiefs of police about the new law. Some of these police professionals are from cities far removed from Arizona, and most are obviously ignorant of, or apathetic to, the problems caused by illegal immigrants in Arizona. Neither condition, though, kept them from speaking out publicly against this perfectly legal action by the Arizona legislature, which happens to be supported by 70 percent of Americans throughout the country.
Try as I might, it was not possible to ignore the ignorance of these pretenders, and I felt compelled to submit the following comment on the Washington Post's website:
It sounds to me like the police chiefs referred to in the article are a lot more political than the elected sheriff Joe Arpaio. It's especially telling that the chief of Montgomery County is against the Arizona law. It was his department that allowed the trespass and harassment of one of the county's citizens last Sunday, by a mob from the SEIU that arrived on the scene in 14 school buses (according to news reports). Then one of his captains tried to explain to Megyn Kelly of Fox News that they (the Montgomery county police department) could not arrest anyone because none of their officers witnessed the trespass or harassment. Their response time to that crime, by the way, had to be measured by using a calendar. Are there no Frank Rizzos left in big city police departments? When police chiefs start talking more like politicians than cops, we're in trouble. 5/26/2010 4:00:12 PM
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In case you're unaware of the travesty in Montgomery County last Sunday, it happens that Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine lives next door to the home of the victim of the trespass and harassment, and had the courage to write a column about the event. You can read her column here. It seems to me that the chief of the police department that failed, so utterly, to handle the situation in its own jurisdiction last Sunday should not be seeking attention two days later by criticizing the efforts in another state to properly address a pressing problem within its borders.
Here's a wild guess: In an all out attempt to stem the growing tide of popular support for the Arizona law, the administration reached out to this group of political law enforcement "intellectuals" and sought their backing for its totally political stance against the will of the Arizona people.