Police Abuse

Philly Area Cops Freak Out Over Editorial Cartoon Depicting Children Asking Santa to Protect Them From Cops

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via Philly.com

I don't like editorial cartoons. I really don't like them (Friday Funnies excepted). Nick Gillespie explains the problem better than I can. Even, or especially, in situations where important issues come to the attention of the mainstream media. The recent attention paid to incidents of excessive use of force by police are no exception. I particularly didn't like this cartoon depicting the Statue of Liberty lying on the ground saying she can't breathe. When was the last time an immigrant saw the Statue of Liberty on their way into America? More likely to see a cactus or a coyote. I don't know for whom the Statue of Liberty is a non-ironic symbol of "American values."

But this cartoon, depicting a group of children asking Santa Claus to protect them from the police for Christmas, I liked. Maybe I'm partial to Santa, though that didn't make this different Santa/police violence cartoon any less cringe-worthy. But when the former cartoon ran in the Bucks County Courier Times, police officers in the Philadelphia area were not amused. Local police union president John McNesby wrote a bullying letter to the newspaper. Via Philly.com:

You owe a public apology to every law enforcement officer and their families. What's more, you owe a particular apology to the families of those officers who gave their lives to ensure that people like you could remain safe while you defame their memories.

There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the media who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to sell advertisement.

Two thoughts: (1) unless McNesby has a particular fallen officer in mind, I'm not aware of any cop dying in the line of duty to protect the Courier Times from an assault on their headquarters and (2) I don't know what the moral issue is with selling advertisements to willing advertisers, but I'm sure there's a special place in hell for those who seek to exploit fear and crime in order to avoid responsibility for misconduct while demanding respect for doing a job they're paid to do.

And a third thought: what a bully this McNesby sounds like. This is the kind of person the police choose to represent them to the public. And so many in the public continue to ignore the role of police unions in police violence.

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  1. This is the kind of person the police choose to represent them to the public. And so many in the public continue to ignore the role of police unions in police violence.

    Yeah, I’m going to say that if I was part of a gang, and our spokesman said what this guy said, we’d expel him from the gang by whatever means necessary.

    (Especially if we were pretending to be keeping the public safe.)

    1. …or this guy was chosen because he was the least thuggish and most palatable to the non-gang members.

      1. I imagine none of the people who voted for this guy find anything wrong with his letter.

    2. He sounds like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.

    3. John McNesby is a fucking jackass.

  2. Unions Are Good, unless you’re a racist.

    1. Funny how noone ever talks about the roast history of unions…

      1. *racist

      2. Or the roost hysteria of unicorns.

  3. When was the last time an immigrant saw the Statue of Liberty on their way into America? More likely to see a cactus or a coyote.

    I’m pretty sure on December 12th, 2007, my wife saw the Statue of Liberty from the window seat as we flew into JFK.

    Jus’ sayin’

    1. OK, Someone haul HM’s ass outta here! He’s messin’ with The Narrative!

      Whether it’s chalk or the SoL, you just gotta point stuff out, huh?

      1. Sorry.

        *having been chastised, he lowers his gaze to stare at a point in front of his feet*

  4. “What’s more, you owe a particular apology to the families of those officers who gave their lives to ensure that people like you could remain safe while you defame their memories.”

    This is the problem. Cops really do think they’re Marines! YOU WANT US ON THAT WALL, YOU NEED US ON THAT WALL

        1. This might be the one time I’m glad to be at work today instead of at home (playing Dragon Age Inquisition).

          I can’t watch this at work due to content filters, and that might be for the best since I don’t want a copsucking song stuck in my head xD

          1. DAMMIT RIVEN IT WON’T LEAVE ME UNTIL I INFECT SOMEONE ELSE.

          2. You complain about your computer being old slow, and yet you’re playing a new and graphics-intensive game? Hm. An inconsistency. I knew we were getting catfished. Unless you’re playing on some sort of console, in which case, ugh, gross, ew.

          3. The song doesn’t suck cops. It’s an instrumental.

            It just happens to be the theme to a show that makes fun of cops, but doesn’t insult them as much as it should.

            It’s not a horrible show, it’s just kind of mediocre. (And it is a bit annoying in that it directs most of its satire against the presumably-right-wing, tough-guy-wannabe cop, while being much more respectfull of the ‘good’ liberal-type cops. But by TV standards, it’s not too horribly one-sided.)

    1. “What’s more, you owe a particular apology to the families of those officers who gave their lives to ensure that people like you could remain safe while you defame their memories.”

      I start with the rebuttable presumption that if a pig gets a bullet in the head, he deserved it.

    2. But Marines don’t have Officer Safety high on their list of priorities. Going home safe at night isn’t justification for killing non-combatants, breaking rules, or violating ROEs.

      Cops are like the cowardly version of the Marine Corps.

  5. You owe a public apology to every law enforcement officer and their families.

    Here’s your apology:

    Fuck you, you disgusting piece of shit, drunk on authority, cowardly shitbag.

    1. Eat an entire back of dicks, you jack-booted government thug.

  6. “There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the [insert occupation here] who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to [obtain money].”

    Any thoughts?

  7. what a bully tihs McNesby sounds like.

    Sounds like? Wait until you see what he looks like

    1. Yep…PERFECT!

      Anybody got any questions?

      1. Straight out of central casting.

        Anansi the spider trickster is the one, true god.

        1. In the end, they are all Anansi stories.

          1. Snowclone?

    2. He was a Tac??? Damn, thems some serious road miles…

    3. Has there ever been a more perfect caricature of a big-city police union boss? Nope!

    4. He has what I like to call the Philadelphia Turtleneck. It’s when your neck is so fat it gets all bunched up and it looks like you’re wearning a turtleneck made of skin.

    5. Nobody can get a choke hold on THAT neck.

    6. Holy shit. In a just world this fat loser would have been eaten by something much faster than him long ago. His face looks like a pussy and I’m pretty sure he would be close to useless in an actual fight.

    7. Sorry for the late response. I was busy in a three way with his daughters. They are some DIRTY girls!

  8. Minor correction: that’s not the Statue of Liberty, that’s the personification of Justice.

    1. No, that’s the Statue of Liberty. You can tell by the sword she keeps hidden under her robe and her bra laying up the street some.

  9. The hard-left meme of the day: The police forces of America are the enemy.

    Bullcrap. There are racist bad cops, for sure. Root them out and send them packing.

    But try living in urban America without a forceful, no-crap-accepted police force, and report back to me.

    1. The hard-left meme of the day: The police forces of America are the enemy.

      No, government is the enemy, of which pigs are the enforcement arm.

      1. More hard/herd-left nonsense meme.

        Try living in a society without strong and enforceable governmental power — and then try commenting on a blog such as this.

        Then report back to me.

        1. Stevie: a retard, or the retard?

        2. What was that Stevie? I couldn’t understand you with that great big government cock in your mouth.

          1. You win the internet today.

        3. More hard/herd-left nonsense meme.

          If there’s one thing Reason is, it’s hard left. Also, we all know how much the left hates the government, so you’ve really got Francisco there.

          Try living in a society without strong and enforceable governmental power — and then try commenting on a blog such as this.

          Why would living in a society without ‘strong and enforceable government power’ stop me from commenting on a blog? It’s because I’d be dead from criminals isn’t it? I bet it’s because I’d be dead from criminals.

          Then report back to me.

          You like ending your posts with this sentence as if you’ve proven anything rather than just whining like a tool.

        4. I live in a country where, shockingly, police don’t immediately gun down suspects (not to say they don’t do other shitty stuff).

        5. hard/herd-left

          DEVASTASTING

        6. Then report back to me.

          I’ll report back to you now: go die in a fire.

    2. How about a police force restrained by criminal and civil sanctions on bad behavior, with a rather more limited scope in arrestable offenses and much higher hurdles to clear before probable cause applies.

      Take as little or as much crap as you like, but do so legally and with respect for the sovereignty of citizens and their first, second, and fourth amendment rights.

      1. I can live with that. (I’m a fan of “zero-tolerance,” though– to the extent that resources permit.)

        Hire only sane, non-racists, non-bigoted police. Fire, immediately, those who prove themselves not to be.

        No broad-brush emasculation (apologies for my not finding the non-sexist term) of American police departments in general.

        1. I’m a fan of “zero-tolerance,” though

          Of course you are.

          And no one doubts your masculinitystevie.

    3. “There are racist bad cops, for sure. Root them out and send them packing.”

      You mean the cops who are constantly covered by their unions and fellow officers?

      “try living in urban America without a forceful, no-crap-accepted police force”

      Of course, we need police officers choking people to death and shooting children with fake guns. Only then it is really America.

      1. You could fill the ranks of officers with nothing but the most diehard racists and it would matter not a whit so long as they’re held liable for their misconduct. The left generally wants to imagine that misconduct is a product of prevalent racism, while the right generally wants to ignore misconduct altogether (exceptions excepted, of course).

        1. the right generally wants to ignore misconduct or explain it away in light of the victim’s alleged criminality, without any sense of perspective for the crimes allegedly committed nor the officers’ disproportionate response

          FTFM

        2. I wasn’t going to get into the whole ‘racist cops’ thing just because this guy is clearly running on the ‘few bad eggs’ idea of police enforcement. What people like him fail to notice is that police’s abuse of power and overzealous actions are becoming routine and institutionalized. It’s not ‘a few bad eggs’ if all the ‘good cops’ are covering for them.

          1. Any cop who enforces drug laws is bad. Any cops who doesn’t enforce drug laws is bad because that’s what they are paid to do.

          2. The “routine and institutionalized” meme is a bad dream of yours. Stop reading hard-leftist PC clap-trap. Wake up.

            The extremist generalizations of the far-left are the mirror equivalent of the extremist generalizations of the far-right.

            Modify, slightly, the verbiage and the hyperbole — and they’re identical.

            1. What do you call extreme and unnecessary uses of force covered up by police and legal enforcement? Sorry, I haven’t be reading ‘hard leftist PC clap trap’. I’m just willing to recognize that when police should be held accountable for their actions.

              Beating people to death, no-knock raids that result in burnt infants, shooting people in Wal-Marts for holding a gun (from the store merchandise), killing children with fake guns and never having to face criminal charges? Are these cases of justified violence in your mind?

              1. In the heat — in the panic — of the moment, all human beings do bad things. Me included. You included.

                All cases of police killing/”brutality” need to be investigated. And for the most part, they are.

                Criminal actions need to be prosecuted. Non-criminal actions that comport with standard police force protocols (agree with them or not) are non-prosecutorial.

                Not my opinion, this.

                The Supreme Court of the United States has previously weighed in.

                1. The Supreme Court of the United States has previously weighed in.

                  The New Professionalism?

            2. Stevie|12.11.14 @ 7:31PM|#
              …”Stop reading hard-leftist PC clap-trap”…

              Yep, all the articles here are “hard-leftist”.
              I think you may be lost.

            3. The “routine and institutionalized” meme is a bad dream of yours. Stop reading hard-leftist PC clap-trap. Wake up.

              I provided you specific examples of these routine and institutionalized problems with police, including union activities, the inability to fire incompetent police officers (like that idiot who shot the 12 year old in Cleveland after everyone on the force already knew he was a moron), and the absolute travesty that is the no-knock raid.

              You have not rebutted any of those points because you are an idiot who just repeats ‘HURR DURR! PC CLAP TRAP HERD LEFT!’ as if your gibbering, fevered spluttering is a rational substitute for an argument.

              1. You’re actually expecting a response?

                Move on, Irish.

            4. I nominate Stevie as the new Red Tony. Will any one second the motion?

      2. In a democratic society, there will always be the “horror-du-jour.” There will always be racist, bigoted cops. There will always be cruel and unprofessional actions by civil servants as they attempt to perform their duties.

        Cops are fragile, flawed and imperfect human beings — just like every single person reading here.

        Root out the bad apples, to the extent possible.

        No tossing of the proverbial baby with the bathwater.

        1. Except the problem isn’t racist, bigoted cops. Eric Garner was choked to death while a black police supervisor stood by and watched. There’s no evidence whatsoever that the Michael Brown shooting had anything to do with race.

          Saying ‘BUT IT’S THE RACISTS AND THE BIGOTS!’ is a way for cop idolaters to avoid making the systemic changes necessary to fix the police force by just claiming it’s a few bad apples. No. To start with, it’s the very existence of the police officer’s union, which makes it impossible to get rid of people who need to go. Secondly, it’s the tactics police are allowed to use – including no knock raids. Third, cops consistently cover for each other. As a result, even if you want to argue ‘it’s only a few bad cops’ those cops are constantly supported and protected by the other cops in the department.

          There may only be a few bad cops beating suspects regularly, but the rest know about it and do nothing. At best they are accessories to abuse.

          Here’s but one example. A cop hits a handcuffed Asian woman while screaming that he’ll send her back to her country in a UPS box. If you go and watch the video, only one cop is mistreating her, but the others walk around and say nothing.

          That’s the problem. Supposed ‘good cops’ don’t give a shit about the bad behavior of their buddies.

          1. The grand juries in these recent cases are, I suspect, reaching similar conclusions. Conclusions based not on political correctness memes (a device of the far-left), but on intuitive human understanding.

            Namely: In the heat of the moment — in a “panic moment” — human beings sometimes do rash and imperfect things.

            Is that a good thing — that human beings are sometimes rash and imperfect?

            No.

            Should we strive to populate our police forces with officers who do not have a propensity to do rash and imperfect things?

            Of course.

            1. Namely: In the heat of the moment — in a “panic moment” — human beings sometimes do rash and imperfect things.

              The difference is, if YOU were to “do rash and imperfect things” you’d go to fucking jail for it.

              They get a paid vacation and their jobs back. Get it?

              1. I hear you.

                Police who do rash and imperfect things need to be trained or (if they’re non-trainable) fired.

                (Is what I’ve said above rocket science?)

                1. No, but the cops being hired today are incapable of being trained. For that, you need intelligence, and scoring too high on the IQ test is an automatic fail of a police candidate.

            2. And the point goes completely over your head. The police force is protecting those officers who have a ‘propensity to do rash and imperfect things’. They are not holding them accountable for their actions and the result is, yes, an institutionalized system where cops can abuse power and then get off.

              If you want police who do not engage in ‘rash and imperfect’ actions you need to actually hold them accountable for their actions.

              1. This whole business of The Grand Conspiracy of police forces across America to conspire against minorities and to conceal the conspiracy is the mirror image of the Republican meme of “government out to get us.”

                Hard-leftists and hard-rightests employ the same exact playbook when it comes to this stuff.

                Anything “government conspiracy” goes viral these days and sells lots and lots of the sponsors’ toilet paper and cornflakes, so that’s what we’re bombarded with — be we on the left or be we on the right.

                1. This isn’t a conspiracy, you moron. It’s basic team dynamics and responses to incentives.

                  When cops suffer no repercussions for bad behavior, are almost impossible to fire, and are under no obligation to protect the public, you end up with cops who are lazy, stupid, and belligerent because they can be.

                  Meanwhile, you give those lazy, stupid and belligerent cops wide and expansive powers, including early morning raids in which they do not announce that they are cops and ridiculous asset forfeiture laws, those police officers end up ruining people’s lives for no reason.

                  No conspiracy is required for cop idiocy, just as no conspiracy is required for government idiocy. It is simply a matter of actors responding to incentives, and in this case those incentives result in our police forces being run almost exclusively by scumbag bullies who would be working as janitors were it not for police academy.

                2. You don’t need a conspiracy – self interest and lack of accountability is more than enough to do the job.

            3. In the heat of the moment — in a “panic moment” — human beings sometimes do rash and imperfect things.

              Well, then, I guess you don’t get to complain if in the heat of the moment people kill a bunch of cops.

              Right?

        2. Root out the bad apples…

          Root out the bad apples? For one, the only type of person who’d even consider becoming a cop are the bad apples. For two, the system creates bad apples.

          Absolute power corrupts absolutely. These fuckers are immune from any form of liability or punishment. The king’s men may do as they please to whomever they please with absolutely no repercussions.

          1. “For one, the only type of person who’d even consider becoming a cop are the bad apples.”

            Lol.

            So you want to live in a society where there are no cops?

            Fine.

            Go to one, live there for 48 hours, and let us know how it went.

            😉

            1. So you want to live in a society where there are no cops?

              So the majority of America pre-1865?

            2. I would settle for a society with no qualified immunity for police and where all police activities are judged by the same standard that would be applied to a private citizen acting under similar circumstances.

            3. So you want to live in a society where there are no cops?

              Um…no…

              I want to live in a society that only punishes crimes that have actual victims. Such a society requires about 90% fewer cops than we have today.

              I want to live in a society where cops are held as accountable for their actions as the citizenry is for theirs.

    4. In the common law one could use force, including deadly force, to resist an unlawful arrest. I’d love for that rule to come back. The police should fear the people more than the people fear the police.

      1. In every one of these stories the cop says “I feared for my life.”

        The cops fear the people so much they hate them.

        1. I’d reverse that. Cops hate the people so much they fear them.

      2. I believe it’s still law in a few states. I’d love to see it enshrined at the federal level (or better yet have been written into the Constitution; say, tacked on at the end of the 4th Amendment).

      3. Cops, cop unions, and cop suckers are the reason why you can’t resist false arrest in all but two states.

        False arrest should not be a separate crime. It should be defined under kidnapping and prosecuted as such. And no more special treatment of convicted cops — they go to GenPop with the rest of the scum.

    5. ‘But try living in urban America without a forceful, no-crap-accepted police force, and report back to me.”

      Right after we try living in urban America without the War on Drugs.

      1. You’ve hit the nail sharply.

    6. I have lived in urban American and found myself a number of times in situations in which one might traditionally want “forceful, no-crap-accepted police force.” Without fail I have found them either 100% useless or just not even present when there was any real danger.

      You are essentially on your own.

      1. Remember when someone was stabbed by a spree killer on a New York subway car while cops cowered in the next car because they were worried the spree killer might have a gun?

        Yeah, what would we do without those courageous boys in blue to protect us?

        1. The price we pay for emerging from our caves and living in society is that the people we pay to protect us and the public good will sometimes do imperfect things. Innocents will sometimes suffer.

          You want perfection? So do I.

          Are we going to achieve perfection in this life?

          Of course not.

          1. I don’t think it’s ‘perfection’ to ask that cops do their fucking job and don’t sit idly by as someone has to subdue a madman on his own.

            This is another systemic flaw, incidentally. If cops fail to protect you, even if you’re in a situation where they obviously should, you cannot sue them. They have no duty to protect you. If I am being stabbed, and cop stand by and watch as I am stabbed to death, my family has no recourse because the Supreme Court held that cops have no duty to protect.

            So tell me, what the fuck good are police officers?

            1. Pssst. This is a troll. Clearly one of the regulars fucking with us.

              1. Either that or he’s truly a copsucker/badge licker.

              2. cough, cough, Tulpa, cough, cough…

        2. They weren’t in the next car they were in the cab that the guy was sitting RIGHT NEXT TO! The cops watched the whole thing go down then tried to take credit. He then sued and lost because the SCOTUS has said cops have no legal responsibility to protect any specific person!

    7. “and report back to me.”

      “Senator. You can have my answer now.”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPmTp9up26w

  10. Cops enforce the drug laws which cause all the violence then they want us to thanks them while they violate our rights for stopping all the violence.

  11. “I really don’t like them (Friday Funnies excepted)”

    Its like you went out of your way to take your credibility then SMASH IT TO PIECES before you even got to your actual point.

    1. I guess you could say the Friday Funnies…

      …left him in stitches.

      1. Your joke is bad and you should feel bad. Also, you’re now hired to replace the guy on Friday Funnies.

        1. Definitely my favorite episode of Futurama. I like all the ones with the Robot Devil in it.

          1. I always really liked any episode with Zapp Brannigan. He made the fucking show for me.

            “STOP EXPLODING YOU COWARDS!”

      2. And then YOU went out of your way to take your credibility then SMASH IT TO PIECES.

        Puns are evil. Which is why FoE likes them so much.

        1. No lie–a good pun can really get me going.

          1. So you’re evil then. I can’t say I’m surprised.

            1. I argued with Jesse about this before, there’s definitely a circle of hell for people who use bad puns where demons torture them in horrific ways while exchanging bad puns.

            2. All bots are evil, soulless carapaces.

          2. I’ve always figured a good pun is its own reword.

            And anybody who doesn’t think cops are pretty damn racist doesn’t realize just how much they despise the human race.

      3. You forgot the gesture marker. Or did you misplace your sunglasses?

        1. ._.

          I couldn’t get it to work. The three-line emoticon I have uses characters that aren’t part of the English language, so… thanks, Obama.

          1. I used to be able to get them to work. I think it depends on exactly which version you use…

            Let’s see if this works:

            ?_?)
            ( ?_?)??-?
            (??_?

            YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

            1. That’s the one! For some reason it wouldn’t let me have my little black boxes. :/

              Dibs.

    2. I figured Ed was deliberately tweaking us; whether or not he actually likes the Friday “Funnies” is beside the point.

  12. Shorter McNesby: “That’s a nice newspaper business you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.”

  13. “those officers who gave their lives to ensure that people like you could remain safe”

    You mean, the way the cops in Ferguson protected the shopkeepers (mostly persons of color) who lost their livelihoods to looters and arsonists?

    Oh, no, wait, the cowardly pigs were oinking around near their own headquarters.

    1. Why is it that these donut-fancying oinkers are happy to use force against cigarette salesmen but when it’s time to confront arsonists they void their bowels and scurry away?

      1. Because they are cowards?

        1. Nah. I don’t think they’re cowards. They’re not afraid of a fight.

          They left the arsonists alone as punishment to the townspeople for getting all uppity and demanding accountability.

          Why did they chase away volunteer security if not because they wanted to see those businesses destroyed?

          1. I’d *love* to think you were being all conspiracy-ish, but I really don’t know what to believe when I see authorities with advance notice of potential riots who stand around with their dicks in their hands doing nothing useful.

    2. Hahaha, you expected them to actually protect civilians from real threats, instead of bully and annihilate isolated individuals who aren’t?

  14. This is why you rarely if ever see anything in print newspapers that is remotely critical of the police.

    If they do, and there is an actual emergency at the business…

  15. McNesby ended his fiery letter with a promise:

    “Rest assured that this letter will be distributed to as many residents and businesses in Bucks County as we are able to reach,” he wrote. “Here’s wishing you a bankrupt New Year.”

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/n…..81e3Vvt.99

    1. I might need to make a donation.

    2. And I trust the citizens of Bucks County will recognize your screed for what it is: the telltale tantrum of a man-child.

      1. Quintessential crybully.

    3. Let me get this straight. The head of the PU in PHilifuckingdelphia thinks he will be able to get popular support on his side? Aren’t they #2 after New Orleans for being most corrupt and brutal?

      Hint for McNesby: If you think you may need popular support at some time in the future, do not go around beating, robbing, killing and fucking with nearly everyone you run across to the point that the average citizen fears you and goes out of their way to avoid you. To the point that newspapers are printing cartoons of fearful children begging Santa to protect them from you.

      When the day comes that you need that popular support you may find it somewhat lacking.

      1. The STASI learned the hard way.

  16. McNesby has a history of getting angry when the newspaper reports the bad things police officers are doing.

    1. The U.S. Attorney’s Office decided earlier this year not to press charges against the officers: Robert McDonnell Jr., Thomas Tolstoy, and brothers Jeffrey and Richard Cujdik.

      Shocked, I am!

      1. They had those guys on video cutting the wires to the surveillance cameras in convenience stores before they robbed them and shook down the owners and they still didn’t even fire them. I mean, the one guy got fired, but he just got his job back. Also, there’s some more classic Mcnesby quotes here.

        FOP president John McNesby said Cujdik will soon return to the job – but not in a narcotics squad.

        “He doesn’t want to go back to narcotics, not that I blame him,” McNesby said.

        Cujdik will work in the 9th District, headquartered at 21st and Hamilton streets.

        The union leader said Cujdik, a 17-year veteran of the force, is “elated, and his family is elated. It was a good present to give to somebody right before the holidays.”

        The victims of the rogue squad had a different view.

  17. Patrick Lynch in NYC is the same thing.

    These are political cartoons. I’m sure when there are cartoons against Black people and Obama McNesby and Lynch find them rather funny.

    This is America. Free Speech and Free Press.

    And, btw, a bunch of black kids asking for protection against the police is not too far fetch lately.

  18. There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the media who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to sell advertisement.

    And whose “violence and hatred” did that cartoon “exploit,” exactly?

    That’s what I thought. Fuck off, you self-important union fatass.

  19. Ed, you should’ve retained your hostility towards editorial cartoons because this one is no better than any other. Note the melanin-content of all the children shown. It’s yet more hysteria from the #onlyblacklivesmatter crowd.

    1. All lives matter but black parents are definitely more likely to warn their kids of the dangers police pose than white parents no?

  20. “And so many in the public continue to ignore the role of police unions in police violence.”

    Unfortunately, they also ignore the role of government policies in police violence. Cops act like criminals because they are allowed to and even encouraged to. You can’t come up with a solution unless you’ve correctly identified the problem. Certainly there are racist cops but even if you had the omniscient ability to identify every racist cop, and then you fired them, you will not have solved the main problem, ’cause that isn’t it.

    1. I will say say this about race. Alcohol prohibition caused many of the exact same problems in the inner city that drug prohibition is today. I have to wonder if drug prohibition wouldn’t have ended a long time ago if middle class and wealthy whites still lived in the city. I’m not saying people don’t care about the violence and police shakedowns caused by the WOD because they effect poor mostly black people, just that they don’t care enough about these problems to demand prohibition ends because it doesn’t directly effect them.

      1. Alcohol prohibition caused many of the exact same problems in the inner city that drug prohibition is today.

        One of the major drivers in drug prohibition was that the people who enforced alcohol prohibition would have been out of work if there were no illegal chemicals to police.

        That’s why I see no end to the drug war. Too many enforcers depend on those laws for their employment, and those enforcers’ representatives demand more of an ear from legislators than the victims and critics of those laws.

        1. I agree. Not to mentioned people are so brainwashed by the prohibition propaganda that it’s almost impossible to even have an intelligent conversation with them about it.

    2. Unfortunately, they also ignore the role of government policies in police violence.

      But how can created by government policies be fixed except with more government policies?

      The only reason the police abuse their power is because they don’t have the power to stop police who abuse their power!

      The problems resulting from government policy and police power can only be fixed with more government policy and more power to the police!

      1. … how can *problems* created…

      2. “But how can [problem] created by government policies be fixed except with more government policies?”

        Isn’t it sad people buy this.

        1. Joe Friday: Just like every other foaming, rabid psycho in this city with a foolproof plan, you’ve forgotten you’re facing the single finest fighting force ever assembled.
          Jonathan Whirley: The Israelis?
          Joe Friday: Try the decent, hard-working men and women of Los Angeles.
          Jonathan Whirley: Forgotten them? My dear sergeant, I’m absolutely counting on them!

  21. Related idea. Back in the 80s when crime was high, people formed a lot of citizens watch groups like the guardian angels. Maybe its time to bring that idea back in urban areas. Only this time the groups need to tell the cops ” We don’t want you in this neighborhood, we’ll police it ourselves. If you patrol here, large groups of men will follow you around with cameras. Basically just sit on your ass and collect a check. Maybe we’ll call when we need detectives or CSI.”

    1. Guardians Angels were punks. I remember one year after an OSU-Michigan game main campus streets are flooded with people. They’re trying to corral everyone together. Guardian Angles are there for some reason. Looking for trouble I think. One of them puts his hands and me and tries to push me. I got up in his face and a cop grabbing him is the only thing that saved him from an ass kicking.

      1. You mean a cop did his job? What are the odds?

        1. Probably around 30 years ago

        2. There are some decent cops around here. Some assholes no doubt about that, but on average not so bad. Which is saying something since I hate authority by nature.

  22. Dear John McNesby;

    Every law enforcement officer owes the American people an apology, for tolerating the kind of thuggery and faux heroics that endanger so many lives every day. There is no excuse for the number of people whose homes are raided in the wee hours of the morning by police armadas if they were hitting the Normandy beachheads. I don’t care what kind of drugs they are supposedly selling, or in what quantities. Enough mistakes are made that the tactics are inexcusable. Every time a police officers is caught lying on the witness stand by video footage, he undermines any trust the public might have left for the police. Why do you tolerate such imbeciles on the force? If you won’t police your own, then the citizenry will cease to trust you to police the rest of us.

    You have failed us. You have failed us repeatedly, over a long stretch of time. YOU owe US an apology.

  23. Bullying? Seriously? I must have missed the threat of force.

    While the union dude’s letter is using specious logic, it’s at most guilt-tripping.

  24. FOP President John McNesby actually looks the part of a thug:
    http://www.philly.com/philly/b…..-fire.html

    Here is FOP President John McNesby coming to the aid of an officer who lost his job for punching a woman from behind with no warning:
    http://www.northeasttimes.com/…..Iq2wTHF98E
    “FOP will have be?ne?fit for of?ficer that punched wo?man

    The Fraternal Or?der of Po?lice has or?gan?ized a be?ne?fit on Oct. 28 for Lt. Jonath?an D. Jo?sey, the of?ficer who was video?taped punch?ing a wo?man in the head Sept. 30 at a party at 5th Street and Le?high Av?en?ue, fol?low?ing the city’s Pu?erto Ric?an Day Parade.

    The $30-per-per?son event will be held at the FOP Hall on Spring Garden Street near Broad Street. Pro?ceeds, FOP Pres?id?ent John McNesby said, will help Jo?sey with his liv?ing ex?penses now that he no longer gets a paycheck. Jo?sey was sus?pen?ded with in?tent to dis?miss earli?er this month…”

    1. That’s a punchable face if I ever saw one.

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      “If we had recognized prior to publication that the cartoon would have caused unintended offense, our editors would have selected a different one for Sunday’s newspaper.”

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