Well, I can hope, can’t I?
Archives for November 2007
In February, rookie Cincinnati Police Officer Elizabeth Phillips responded to a pair of car crashes but didn’t ticket anyone. That omission annoyed her boss, so Phillips wrote a pair of tickets. The drivers were long gone, however, so she decided to forge their signatures on the ticket and throw away their copies.
This made it appear that both drivers had signed a promise to appear in court when in fact they didn’t even know they’d been cited for traffic violations. When neither one showed up on the assigned court date, the judge issued warrants for their arrest.
To the credit of the Cincinnati police, when one of the drivers complained, the department investigated and figured out what happened. Phillips was arrested for the forgery and fired from the police department.
All may not be as it seems, however. Although Phillips was arrested, the grand jury refused to indict her. That’s amazing, considering that grand juries are usually accused of being so under the prosecutor’s thumb that they’ll indict a ham sandwich. But apparently not a lying cop. Almost makes you wonder how hard the prosecutor was trying.
Phillips had another good piece of “luck.” Even though she was arrested in May, her disciplinary hearing wasn’t until September, and she wasn’t fired until October. Conveniently for her, that was 2 weeks after her probationary period ended, which means she was covered by the police union contract. The union has brought the matter to arbitration.
I suppose it’s possible Phillips the rookie cop didn’t realize the consequences of her act. Like any bureacracy, the police department probably has a lot of red tape, and maybe she thought this was just another case of fudging some useless bit of paperwork.
Then again, given how the department seems to be covering for her after the fact, maybe Cincinnati cops do this sort of thing all the time, and she just made the mistake of doing it to someone in a position to make a fuss about it.
While we’re trying to figure that out, consider this astounding quote from the Cincinnati Enquirer story:
“I can’t think of anybody who was fired for (non-criminal) reasons whose job we haven’t gotten back,” said Kathy Harrell, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 69, the Cincinnati police union.
Do you think Harrell realizes what she just said? Apparently, once you’re a Cincinnati police officer, the only way your job performance could be bad enough to get you fired is if you are convicted of a crime. If you just suck at being a cop, you have nothing to worry about.
I am thankful for
- My friends and family, because they should always come first.
- Computers, which have provided me with gainful employment for 25 years.
- Television, for the golden age of entertainment that never seems to end.
- The Internet, which connects me to everything in the world.
- People who link to me, making Windypundit—at least for today—the 4199th highest ranking blog on the TTLB ecosystem and the 69,101st highest ranking blog on Technorati. It doesn’t sound like much, but those stats put me in the top 5%, which is not too shabby.
- Video games, for the pure escapist fun of kicking alien ass!
- Photography, for giving me an artistic outlet I never knew I needed.
- Cats, because they amuse me.
Random shots around the web:
- Arrested for possession with intent to lick.
- Police find a suspicious white powder in a residence that used to be an old sugar factory? What, oh what, could it possibly be?
- Disabled with a war wound? Guess you’ll have to refund your signing bonus for failure to fulfill your contract.
- Amazingly, this is an actual campaign ad for Mike Huckabee.
- What’s the most popular topic on Conservapedia? What do conservatives really want to learn more about? Follow this link and click the screen capture to find out.
My old post about eminent domain abuse at International Plaza in Arlington Heights attracted a new comment a few days ago:
The center looks horrible and TARGET SHOULD HAVE GONE THERE!!! The place looks like complete dog sh**!!! I can’t believe a bunch of idiots stopped it from happening. You should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!
TARGET WILL RETURN AND I WILL SEE ALL YOU LOUD MOUTHS SHOPPING THERE!
It’s signed “Target Man”.
Just so you don’t think this guy is some kind of lone wacko, his comment is followed nine minutes later by another post with a similar view from the same IP address but signed with a Completely Different Name!
It’s probably a sign of my desperation for content that I’m responding to this nonsense, but…
Nobody stopped Target from moving in except Target.
What eminent domain opponents did was stop Target from stealing the property. Plaza owner Su-Chuan Hsu is a business woman, and if Target wants a store where International Plaza is, all they have to do is buy it from her at her price and buy off the tenants’ leases.
As for the condition of the mall, what do you expect? With the eminent domain proceeding hanging over the place for all these years, no one wants to lease space in the mall because they could lose their investment (the cost of moving and renovation) if Arlington Heights takes the property away. Leaseholders usually get screwed real bad by eminent domain.
Of course I’ll shop at Target if they put one there. I like Target. But the property belongs to Ms. Hsu, and she’s the only person who should get to decide how to use it.