If you’ve ever wondered why the BPD refuses to mount dashboard cameras on its vehicles, consider what would be happening right now if there was a tape of this recent seatbelt incident sitting around. The macing of that sister shot alone would have been international news by now, regardless of whether it was justified or not.
If you’ve also wondered why Burbank has always had such a bad social reputation around the state — and why so many people in the outside world absolutely cheered the idea of the FBI coming in on the police mess** — just check out some of the comments on that “The City of Burbank is So Wonderful!” Facebook page. If the BPD was into carrying around a portable gallows in the trunks of their patrol cars they’d all be complaining right now about why it wasn’t used in preference to a taser.
A wonderfully cheery and charitable crowd you got there, Burbank. Let’s see it all on TV if it’s so great. Let’s get those video cameras installed.
** It’s because everyone in Southern California has some kind of old BPD horror story about what happened to them when they were caught driving through one night. Burbank has a bad reputation, and it’s not something to celebrate.