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Pissing off the brass

The police union in Somerville, Massachusetts claims to have noticed a rather odd pattern of late.

It seems that officers who criticize the chief tend to get sent for "random" drug testing more often than others -- and usually shortly after uttering such criticism.

The chief is denying any tampering with the selection process for drug testing, but the union is still threatening a federal lawsuit.

This shows great potential for entertainment...

J.


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Those evil Liberal unions a... (Below threshold)
minnie:

Those evil Liberal unions are going to be the death of this great nation. This chief knows what he is doing -- marijuana causes young men to grow breasts, and that could lead to gay marriage. Everyone should have to take a voluntary drug test to prove they are patriotic God-fearing Americans, just like President Bush's fine hand-picked Drug Czar Asa Hutchinson says.

When people self-medicate, it robs the faithful GOP-contributing pharmaceutical companies of their rightful profits. Capitalism depends on us not supporting the Communist black market of people growing it in their backyards. Just like those dangerous Canadian drugs, it could be unsafe if the FDA isn't inspecting it to make sure it hasn't been tested for side effects.

Lord, I hope you're just jo... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

Lord, I hope you're just joking, Minnie.

No Red, minnie-iq there is ... (Below threshold)

No Red, minnie-iq there is a true troll. I had him / her / it on my site a while back. It's just a DU PERL script devoid of thought. It just spews hatred and obscenities.

That's what I figured, afte... (Below threshold)
Red Five:

That's what I figured, after reading some more minnie-spew on the Study in Contrasts post. Oh well, blather on, liberal boob. We'll just keep ignoring you, clue-batting when necessary.

I will add: unions had their use, waaayy back in the day, 1800's to early 1900's, when true sweatshop conditions existed (that's not to say that sweatshops don't exist today; I'm not THAT naive) all over the place. These days, companies know that they can't keep employees unless they offer better benefits than the other guys. All the unions seem to do these days is prevent merit-based promotions, condone laziness, and confiscate dues (even from non-members) to spend on Dhimmocrap candidates (man, can you tell I spend time at the Rott or what?). It's time to phase them out; I won't go so far as to say we need to outlaw them, but it's nice to dream, isn't it? ;-)

ahhh. My city back in the ... (Below threshold)

ahhh. My city back in the news. Hopefully this does explode and the Chief gets canned, potentially making it easier for me to get an ALP LTC.

Talk about being childish. ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

Talk about being childish. This police chief doesn't deserve his job when he uses it against the people he's supposed to lead. Maybe there are other things that he does that makes him unfit to be police chief and then they can get rid of him.

And this "Minnie," well I'd say the lights are not on, on the top floor among other things because I haven't seen that much stupid BS in awhile. Where do these people come from?

Don't tell me, I really don't want to know. :-)

Cindy

Randomness is an imaginary ... (Below threshold)
PTG:

Randomness is an imaginary state of affairs. There is no such thing as a random number generator, only approximations which can fool most observers. From this I conclude that all randomness is illusory; there must be an order to all events. Maybe the Police Chief has a copy of the General Plan. Or do I have this backwards?

Anyone who's familiar with ... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Anyone who's familiar with Massachusetts, or Earth, for that matter could clue Minnie in to the fact Somerville's not what you'd call a hotbed of conservatism. It's Cambridge for people who can't afford to live there.

Um. Am I the only one who t... (Below threshold)

Um. Am I the only one who thinks cops shouldn't care how often they have drug tests?

I noticed in the Marine Cor... (Below threshold)

I noticed in the Marine Corps that whenever the rumor going around the barracks indicated that Private "Adams" had done drugs at a party over the weekend, the next "random" test would include every Marine with a last name beginning with "A through F." I believe random testing is a powerful tool available to commanders (and chiefs of police) though some tests are more "random" than others.

We walk a fine line between use and abuse of this powerful tool. Since I have no direct experience with this city's police department, I honestly don't know what's going on. But, Jay? You're right. It's gonna be entertaining.

Apparently they claim foul ... (Below threshold)

Apparently they claim foul when the other side does things politically, too. How else can they express their displeasure? Is there any reason why those cops should be worried about random drug testing, anyway? ;)

I don't think that was the ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

I don't think that was the point. The point was that whenever he was criticized by a fellow officer, he sent them off for drug testing - sort of like punishment. Go to the corner with your back to the wall and a cone on your head, kind of dunce job. Many drugs stay in the system a long time but this chief immediately forced them into drug testing because they criticizing the police chief. So what is really going on?




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