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Monday, January 19, 2004
New scandal rocks PPD
This story appeared on Good Day Oregon this morning. Had it been transplanted to The Daily Show, I don't think anyone would have noticed.
Officials within PPD are cracking down on further misconduct within their department. What, has one of Portland's finest shot another unarmed woman? No, apparently our boys in blue have potty-mouths.
Last year, a whopping 60 complaints were filed by citizens to draw attention to the amount of obscenities used by local police. In an effort to put a stop to this, the department is encouraging citizens to file reports every time they over hear a "fuck" instead a "please" when they're caught robbing a liquor store. The directive, which went into effect January 1st, also requires officers to "self report" each time they use a bad word.
If a police officer receives a certain number of complaints, they could face counseling, an official reprimand and could quite possibly have a bar of soap shoved in their mouths. One PPD official's response to this, not verbatim, was:
"What's a police officer supposed to say in a tense situation with an armed suspect? 'Put down that gosh darn gun'?"
When I was in New York last summer, I asked a cop in Times Square where the nearest White Castle was. His response, (verbatim) which I remember for no apparent reason?
"Naw, but you got your fuckin' Burger King, your fuckin' Mac Donalds and there's a fuckin' Hardees 'round the corner. Where's the nearest White Castle? Fuck, beats the shit outta' me."
So is this whole thing a solution looking for a problem? Survey says...yes.
There's also this and this.