Talk about missing the point.
In Santa Clara County, jail guards sent text messages using racial slurs to describe African Americans, Jews and Vietnamese Americans.
In San Francisco, as many as 19 police officers have been implicated in a texting scandal involving racial and homophobic insults.
And a top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official recently resigned amid an outcry over emails he forwarded that mocked Muslims, blacks, women and others.
Recent controversies over emails and texts show how the intense scrutiny currently faced by police officers has extended beyond their actions on patrol and into communications that some thought were private.
This current email story has nothing to do with police officers having to face “intense scrutiny,” and thus maybe because of this it wouldn’t have been so quickly detected elsewhere. The kind of behavior exhibited by the distribution of these emails would not be tolerated by any employer. Or most recipients, especially in the workplace.
The real question here is why these cops are so motivated by a need to “joke” around about these topics. It’s not that people are too sensitive these days, or that these cop’s email folders are subject to more attention than others because of their senders. That last contention could lead some people to claim that such scrutiny is unfair, and that “political correctness” is what’s really going on here.
No, the problem is that this email behavior is clearly bigoted. Most people don’t do it anywhere, and so why did it happen here?
Is a certain cut of person attracted to police work, and are also emboldened enough to put it on display? We’ve written before about how offensive it is for the Burbank Police Department’s Twitter page to be constantly hashtagging “alllivesmatter” as a generalized “fuck you” to Black Lives Matter. Because that’s exactly what it is.
There’s something going on that’s bringing this politically reactionary behavior out in these guys, and it’s not pretty. It’s also not being discouraged enough in Burbank.
Bottom line? This Burbank City Council is not going to do shit about this latest revelation. Most of them up there have been in denial all along. Nothing’s going to happen to LaChasse, and no one else in the city is going to be exposed.
Keep circling the wagons guys. We’ve all long known that it takes outsiders to bust the place up.