You may remember Scott Schweizer, the lovable narcotics cop alleged to have had a KKK sticker in his locker. Well, now he and the officer who put the sticker on his locker are both back to walking to beat.
Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Schweizer and fellow narcotics cop Eric Dial for 20 days without pay and transferred them away from their elite jobs arresting black people for drug crimes. They’re now back to their original districts. Ramsey said they were bad dudes but weren’t racist, and so they get to keep their jobs. He actually even directly skipped a disciplinary hearing and just punished the guys himself they were so offensive and not racist.
Apparently, Dial actually created the “Blue by day, white by night” stickers and put it on Schweizer’s locker. Schweizer just put the two stickers into his locker and left them there, and now for some reason both men are being branded offensive-but-not-racist jokesters! No, really. That’s why they’re being suspended. “It’s my understanding that [Dial] thought that this was a prank, but it was in incredibly poor taste,” Ramsey said. If we start suspending cops for making offensive jokes, I don’t think we will have much of a force left.
The quote of the article once again comes from Rochelle Bilal, head of the Guardian Civic League, which represents the 3,000 black officers on the force. She says the demotion of the two officers “sends a message to the department that all jokes aren’t funny.”
All jokes aren’t funny! The police officers sure have learned a good lesson here. For news on how this new affects the most oppressed of all peoples, the white man, please head to police messageboard Domelights. Do you think white Philly cops change their names (á la the Nation of Islam) because they are so oppressed?