They're at it again. Again. The police union, known as the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA), is trying to line its members' pockets by embarrassing the mayor on a national stage. I've written about this before, most recently here and here. By all accounts, their raucous demonstration at Copley the other night got the attention of everyone gathered for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
What they succeeded in doing, as they did at the Fleet Center, is embarrassing the city of Boston.
Spoiled, petulant children carry on in about the same way when they don't get everything they want. And, like children, the cops don't seem to care who sees the tantrum. Worse, actually. They want the tantrums to be seen. They want people to look at the mayor and blame him for the demonstration, as shoppers blame the mother whose three year-old is wailing in the supermarket aisle. What did you do to that child? is their first thought. Then, Can't you make your child stop crying?
I wish the mayor could. I wish he could lock them all in their rooms without supper.
Really, I wish he could just fire them all. There are plenty of qualified people who would take those $80,000 a year jobs without bitching.