Yep, some days are like that, I bet...police in Memphis, Tennessee recently had what had to be among the five easiest traffic stops in their city's history over this past weekend. Pulling over a red pickup (pictured at left) with the words "Meth Lab" scrawled on several of the windows, you could no doubt imagine their shock when it escalated from a simple license plate infraction to an arrest on outstanding warrant and other meth-related charges.
Seriously? I've heard of hiding in plain sight, but I get the feeling that somebody is going to get a good lesson on subtlety over the next couple of years in a fine Tennessee correctional facility over this one. Why didn't this dipshit go full monty and get a bumper sticker that said "Go Ahead and Search, Officer" or something equally fucking ingenious? Maybe some spiffy official-looking graphics like "County Meth Lab Disposal" I'm sure they could have found a neighborhood watch that would buy it. After all, once entire houses and bridges started disappearing right under people's noses, the sky sure seemed like the limit...
But I digress. It could, in fact, be worse. You could live in Detroit. The city best known for needing Robocop as much in real life as they do in the land of Hollywood make-believe is under even more pressure than usual, and not just because the Tigers made the playoffs.
With "hundreds" of officers leaving the Detroit Police Department since the summer, according to the Detroit Police Officer Association, and their police chief having to step down over some embarrassing allegations, the five-oh seems like their back is against the wall, and harder than ever. How hard? DPOA Attorney Donato Iorio passed along word of a "Enter At Your Own Risk" rally this past Saturday in front of Comerica Park.
Yeah, I hear ya...what the blue fuck is an "Enter At Your Own Risk" rally? Other than the most awkward invitations I can imagine that Kinko's taking an order for that day, the rally was ostenisibly to remind the fine people of Detroit that even the police think the fucking joint's too dangerous to enter. Boy howdy, that's gotta play hell with the tourism...Iorio continued in remarks to WWJ radio, “Detroit is America’s most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed. The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers.”
Interesting then, that while the Detroit Police Department is woefully understaffed, they still seem to be fine in the lawyer department. Maybe they should cut the mouthpiece shit and come up with some real solutions to their problems. Maybe apply to Washington for some of that hope and change. Oh...yeah...guess the Detroit Police is gonna have to go green and lose a crapload more money before that will happen...
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