Wondering today if this is what we have become – a place where an elected official with at least 19 years of formal education writes out a warrant for a nine year old over a $1.38 packet of stolen gum; the police chief who receives said warrant thinks its pretty uncool but does the time honored “But, hey, what can I do, gotta’ follow orders” routine; two cops have to go out of their way to ‘apprehend and handcuff’ the kid; the NINE YEAR OLD spends three nights in jail because, well, because we can’t have gum stealers just roaming the streets; the elected official – when asked about the arrest of the NINE YEAR OLD – quickly, automatically answers he cannot discuss the case because of the arrestee’s age; the on-paper well educated elected official then, as the news gets out and goes viral, promptly throws his deputy under the bus with a, “Man, sometimes I just can’t believe what these guys do when I’m not looking over their shoulders,” slow shake of head, bemused smile, shrug; then, finally, apologises – to the media.
This little, ridiculous drama pretty much sums up a myriad of problems – knee jerk, non-thinking prosecutorial decisions with no oversight; unquestioning obedience of obvious knee jerk, non-thinking prosecutorial decisions by the police; invoking another rule to avoid being called on the knee jerk, non-thinking prosecutorial decision; the casual jailing of a child on a charge formally handled by bringing the kid squirming, sweating, and loose-bowelled, back to the store to apologize; throwing underlings to the wolves despite the fact your name’s on the door; apologizing to the media, ostensibly for getting caught being stupid; and, finally, and, to my mind worse, being oblivious to irony.
Between this and my last post, maybe it’s time for the Zombie apocalypse to relieve us of theses . . . concerns. I’m ready – as long as it’s brought about by sentient zombie space pigs.