"You are paid to use your discretion and there are many ways to do police work. Recent events should show us that many in the city really don't want aggressive officers who generate on-view incidents. They want officers who avoid controversy and simply respond when summoned by 911."[thanks to Sgt T]
What the union head is suggesting here is that the scrutiny of police is so severe right now, and so lopsided, that cops should mostly just respond, not initiate.
"If there's borderline criminal or suspicious activity, I say let it go," O'Neill said when I asked him to elaborate. "Don't go out on a limb. It's not worth it."
Won't crime go up?
"That might be a consequence," O'Neill said. "But the leaders of this city need to decide how they want it around here."
Like I said: Uh-oh.
February 22, 2011
Seattle Police Union to Cops: Lay Low
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat has a worrisome article in the paper: