I wrote in this previous post how the Los Angeles politicians were trying to ruin their department with draconian financial disclosure rules. Now I turn to the east, and say out loud what so many must be thinking:
There is simply no reason left to be a New York Police Officer. I know it sounds rash, but as my post on salaries shows, the money is disgusting. Really, who would want to do that job for 25 grand? I love being a cop, and I wouldn’t consider it for a second.
Now come these two gut punches for the men and women in blue. First, a story that shows NYPD can’t recruit at all. No duh, Bloomberg…you don’t pay squat! Then, take the cops who you don’t pay a living wage, and do what?
TAKE AWAY FREE PARKING!
You’re kidding, right?
Well at least they won’t have to worry about financial disclosure; they have no money to disclose. Disgusting.
Well, as I predicted, the sabre rattling in LA actually meant nothing. It looks from this morning’s paper like the disclosure discussed here last month will take place.
But you know, it just hit me. Not a single person out in Los Angeles has yet to show how on earth the financial disclosure rules would actually end corruption. Really it is that simple.
Do they actually think a crooked cop will give up their dope money on a city form?
The Sheriff of the County and the District Attorney both say no way. See their comments at the links above.
Assuming politicians are not that dumb (ahem….), then there is only one answer. Judge Fees (who has spent his life hating the LAPD) is simply taking his latest shot.
Knock it off, your honor. You are embarrassing yourself and your court.
If you have been following our adventure for a while, you will remember this post about the geniuses out in Los Angeles and their concept of financial disclosure for officers. Well, in a rare move of common sense, the city council there has decided to override the decision of the police department commission and put a stop to the disclosure rules.
That sounds great, except as police chief Bratton points out, it is a federal judge, not the city, that wants this disclosure. Since those judges are appointed for life (don’t get me started on that issue) there is little hope he will change his mind. But hey, at least it shows that once in a decade or so politicians do stand up for cops when it counts. Well done, Los Angeles.