L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 235, August 24, 2003
The Dominoes Fell
What the #$@%???
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You have to wonder about the priorities of our police departments, particularly in New York and New Jersey.
9-11 notwithstanding, law enforcement in those areas have the reputation of being rude, overbearing, overzealous, and sorely lacking in fire discipline to put it mildly. One would think department brass would be concerned about things like official oppression, abuse of police powers, and crimes committed under color of authority, not to mention the enforcement of unconstitutional laws like USA PATRIOT, gun control, and the war on some drug users.
Instead, officials at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police decided to get cranky over a TV show. Not just any TV show, but a show where five flaming poofs try to intravenously transfuse some fashion sense into a hopeless straight man. Yes, I'm talking about QueerEye For The Straight Guy. A recent victim of their attentions was a 29 year old PATH officer who was dating a model. Almost immediately upon broadcast, the wheels were set in motion to investigate the matter.
Now people who know me know I'm not exactly a cheerleader for cops in general, but this disturbs me. First Amendment issues aside, this doesn't even come close to the level of violations occuring on a daily basis that aren't even acknowleged, let alone investigated by whatever Internal Affairs whitewasher is lucky enough to get the job. Scrutinizing an officer for having the temerity to appear on a TV show without begging permission, and for horrors! associating with five known queers sends exactly the wrong message to the general public and to police officers about what "offenses" merit disciplinary action.
The late news is that the brass have decided clear this officer. I'm still wondering why the question even came up. These officers are enforcing unconstitutional laws on a daily basis. That's an issue more worthy of their time.