Harvey: You HIT me!
Capt: Disko: “Now you just sit there and think about it.”
Captains Courageous 1937
Lt Dave Spradling: Kaffee, I have people to answer to just like you do. I’m going to charge him.
Lt Daniel Kaffee: With possession of a condiment?
Lieutenant Dave Spradling: Kaffee…
Lt Daniel Kaffee: Dave, I tried to help you out of this but if you ask for jail time I’m going to file a motion to dismiss..
Lt Dave Spradling: You won’t get it!
Lt Daniel Kaffee: I will get it. And if the MTD is denied I’ll file a motion in limine seeking to obtain an evidentiary ruling in advance and after that I’m going to file against pretrial confinement and you’re going to spend the next three months going blind on paperwork because a Signalman Second Class bought and smoked a dime bag of oregano.
A Few Good Men 1992
At my first job in the Raytheon Scientific Computer Center I met a brilliant programmer in his late fifties. When people needed things yesterday they’d often turn to him for fixes. Rather than waiting weeks months or years for a fix or application Bob would invariably program a solution in hours or days and without the normal costs of procurement procedures.
This was great for Raytheon and National Defense but unfortunate for the RSCC since our billing was based on people utilizing our libraries using the normal procurement procedures. Thus there was a lot of push to get him “under control”.
Now if your purpose is to improve your department’s stats, the whole”getting Bob under control” meme makes sense. If you’re goal is however to make sure the people programming our missiles during the height of the cold war had what they needed as soon as possible, not so much.
I submit if you are a defense contractor and your focus is the former and not the latter, you’re doing it wrong.
Which brings us to some facts that have gotten very little attention concerning the Trayvon Martin case and the reason he was suspended from school and found himself meeting George Zimmerman. It seems some stolen Jewelry was found in his possession along with a burglary tool at school during the search that resulted in his suspension. One might think that when such a thing happens, particularly on school property, the police would have taken notice wouldn’t they?
SRO Dunn never filed a criminal report, nor opened a criminal investigation, surrounding the stolen jewelry. Instead, and as a result of pressure from M-DSPD Chief Hurley to avoid criminal reports for black male students, Dunn wrote up the jewelry as “found items”, and transferred them, along with the burglary tool, to the Miami-Dade Police property room where they sat on a shelf unassigned to anyone for investigation.
A separate report of “criminal Mischief” (T-08809) was filed for the additional issue of writing “WTF” on a school locker. [It was the search for the marker used to write the graffiti that led to the backpack search].
The school discipline, “suspension”, was attached to the graffiti and not the stolen jewelry.
Huh? Why on earth would B & E and or possession of stolen goods not be treated as a crime to be looked at? What possible advantage is there to instead write-up a report of “criminal Mischief” instead of calling things what they are? Well if your goal is to improve your statistics you can create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. In fact you might even be able to get a commendation from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and be able to issue a very happy press release:
(MIAMI)-Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) was recently commended by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for dramatically decreasing school-related delinquency in Miami-Dade County public schools.
M-DSPD has the distinction of decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011, which was the largest decline in any school district in the state. The police force is being heralded for adopting effective alternatives to arrest such as civil citations. The M-DSPD has also seen a 35 percent decrease in the amount of referrals to the DJJ.
To most people who assume the job of police as policing and protecting, that might not make sense, but to a department who sees its job as improving statistics, it makes perfect sense.
Imagine for a second if the department decided to go the whole policing and protecting route with a goal to reduce crime and teach…..adventurous teens to avoid wrong choices?
Imagine if the department in question was run by someone like Sheriff Earl Lee the scourge of Stacy McCain’s crowd during his self confessed dopehead days? Imagine if the police were less worried about appearances then in teaching the young that bad decisions have bad consequences?
Then Imagine if in this case was treated as a crime and Trayvon Martin had been charged for burglary or at least possession of stolen goods?
Well for the city it would have meant the expense of going through all the court procedures that such an event entails. You might have had a counselor or court officer assigned to the case and/or family. It would have been yet another young black man in trouble and could have been used as an example as how the school district was “failing students of color”. Since Trayvon was getting close to 18 and the courts are notoriously slow likely all of this would have simply led to some kind of plea or probation deal till age 18.
And for Trayvon Martin & his parents it would have been a pain in the neck. Public embarrassment for his parents far above a mere suspension. Time involved, appearances to make. It would have meant they would need to give their son scrutiny at a stage in his life when it would not be easy. And if he put a foot wrong on probation it would be juvenile hall and problems and annoyances that come with it
I’m sure the city figured it was just easier to just let things go and I’m sure assuming his parents knew about it, they would have agreed. A lot less trouble all around.
What could possibly go wrong?
If they did this, and Trayvon Martin still found himself on that fateful night watched by George Zimmerman I’m wondering how different might things have been. If he had, say, some kind of probation over his head might Trayvon Martin have thought: “I don’t like that ass following me but I don’t want to risk any trouble right now.” and instead of turning back to confront George Zimmerman used the more than ample time he had to just go home?
We don’t know any of this but we do know this. If you have a school and police department gaming the system to improve the stats they are selling out the community who they work for, the schools and the kids, both those who got into trouble and those who don’t all for the sake of bragging rights.
How many more kids seeing the system being gained in this way by the authorities for their own gain will look at that, and decide they can do the same? How many will end up someday in trouble, in jail or dead because of it?
All for the sake of a letter and a press release but it gets worse:
Meanwhile — more facts nobody is supposed to mention — President Obama last August signed an executive order that would, in effect, “mandate racial discipline quotas,” so that the methods employed by Chief Hurley are now likely to become nationwide policy.
What could possibly go wrong?
Wrong? There is nothing wrong here. It’s all about your goals. For the political left, you got a boost in the black vote in 2012 and you now have the grievance industry running full tilt with another political season looming and all the Obama scandals off the radar.
After all what’s the life of a single black man, the safety or individuals, the policing of schools or doing your job compared to the greater good of appearing politically correct, getting the right stats, financing the grievance industry or electing Democrats?
Despicable, dishonorable and disgusting.
Update: Stacy McCain ends it again:
The Politics of Indignation practiced by Democrats requires quite a great deal of narrative management, and relies on the cowardly unwillingness of Americans to speak the blunt truth. We are offered an iconic martyr — St. Trayvon of the Blessed Hoodie — by the High Priests of the Temple Cult and if we fail to mimic their superstitious ritual, if we do not reverently genuflect before this sacred symbol of innocence . . .
“How dare you?”
How dare they, because for Marxists the ends always justifies the means.
Well Monday I made the mistake of leading with a post on the Pope in Vanity Fair (that accounted for only 3% of my traffic) rather than in a post on the Trayvon Martin case (which accounted for over 57% of my traffic)
That meant that only 3% of my visitors saw my tip jar pitch and since as a rule far less than 1% of visits result in a hit of datipjar few people saw yesterday’s pitch.
But today I’m leading with Trayvon/Zimmerman so I’m hopfing for better luck and as Sunday was a good day for DaJipJar it will take only 10 Tip Jar hitters kicking in $21 each to furlough DaTipJar till Sunday Next.
If you enjoyed last week’s near total vacation from DaPitch consider hitting DaTipJar today, if 9 others join you at $21 each the entire readership can enjoy 4 full days of pitchless blogging.
and even if you do it alone it will bring me another step closer to a full paycheck this week.