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"It's not easy being a cop!"

Boston, Massachusetts has some of the highest-paid police officers in the nation. Last year, many Boston cops made in excess of $100,000, some actually collecting more than the Chief and the Commissioner -- largely due to paid details. (In Massachusetts, construction companies cannot use flagmen -- they MUST hire a cop to babysit roadwork projects.)

With that in mind, I find myself looking at this story and of two minds about the situation:

1) The Boston cops are way, way overpaid if they are allowing this to happen.

2) The Boston cops are way, way underpaid if this is part of what they have to put up with.

Either way, something's gotta be done.

Expect the mayor, the honorable Thomas M. "Mumbles" Menino, to announce a thug outreach program, while simultaneously calling for a crackdown on key rings coming in from New Hampshire.

Comments (4)

Two observations:1) ... (Below threshold)

Two observations:
1) The article seemed to have a distinct anti-gun agenda but no hard data to back assertions.
2) The article completely ignores the role of the courts in keeping these kind of people off the streets. Indeed, the courts are probably the root problem here.

As a father of two sons who... (Below threshold)

As a father of two sons who wear a uniform and badge to work, this type of thing make me worry. The Johhny Cochrane "lets put the cops on trial" sort of mindset had made it a lot harder for our officers to do their jobs. It used to be that people who messed with the law were looked upon as being stupid. Now the street thugs look upon defiance as a rite of passage that proves their manhood. Having politicians who are unwilling to ruffle Mexico's feathers to pursue cop-killers who flee south of the border doesn't help, either.

It's the general dumbing-do... (Below threshold)

It's the general dumbing-down that sector of urbanity experiences, and it starts early! I know because I'm in the middle of Kucinichville.

The ignorance curve is inverse compared with other cultures. It's ennui magnified by the Mommy State. No incentive other than to act out. And, hip-hop factors in as an accelerant, sometimes arsonic, in that the droning thumps take a toll as an old prizefighter with mush for brains.

Why was it that when computers translated brain patterns in a certain cortexual area to music, it came out as Mozart? What would you get out of a hip-hopped head?

And another thing. Here in... (Below threshold)

And another thing. Here in Kucinichville, the police had two great overtime scams recently.

The first involved cushy court double-time where the officer signed in and went to the bar or the golf course. The other was another double-quick where the Honor Patrol that served as functioneers at funerals and such was packed to the gills with functionaries that weren't present.

And the police union wondered why jobs were cut.






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