Day 450

Cops in a row

March 24th, 2013

There were police officers positioned on every single block for quite a distance along Church Avenue. I asked the three guys on the end: "Is there a march going on today?" The third officer from the right just stared straight ahead as if I weren't there. The second officer from the right, on the other hand, just stared straight ahead as if I weren't there. The officer on the right stared straight ahead for a few seconds, as if I weren't there, and then finally replied: "Something like that."


  1. tom says:

    very helpful the public servants are…NOT!

  2. NoseKnows says:

    I was reading an article the other day about how the police dept. has lowered its standards. I guess these guys still made the cut.

  3. Chris says:

    C: Courtesy
    P: Professionalism
    R: Respect

    Do these officers know that they are not a gang that has to posture and pose? Do they know they are a vital part of community building? New York City can and should have better standards.

  4. Aussie says:

    Their behaviour doesn’t really inspire any confidence in the NYPD.

  5. Andrew M says:

    I think that in general people are too quick to forget how amazing it is that NYC is the safest big city in the country —

    “Nevertheless, since 1994, New York City has enjoyed a crime drop unmatched in the rest of the country—indeed, unparalleled in history—and only Gotham’s revolutionary style of policing can explain it. Yet rather than flooding the city to study this paradigm-breaking phenomenon, most criminologists are busy looking the other way.

    The dimensions of New York’s crime rout are breathtaking. From 1990 to 2000, four of the seven major felonies—homicide, robbery, burglary, and auto theft—dropped over 70 percent. Crime fell across the country during this period, but in New York it plummeted at twice the national average. By 2000, New York’s crime profile looked more like that of a small suburb than a big city, notes University of California sociologist Frank Zimring, whose forthcoming The Great American Crime Decline is the only major study so far that acknowledges the significance of the city’s crime turnaround. Gotham’s homicide rate in 2000 was half that of the big-city average; its robbery rate, which started out 50 percent higher than that of other big cities in 1990, was 10 percent below the average.”

    …but that said, holy hell would it be easier to remember these things if NYC cops didn’t act like entitled d*cks anytime you ever try to talk to them.

  6. Matt Green says:

    We’ve got plenty of good ones, too! Remember these guys?

  7. Peter of Waban & Naples says:

    And yet they never understand why people give them tude.

  8. Steve says:

    I bet they wouldn’t answer because they’re thinking every seemingly innocent question is just going to lead to taunts and insults over the recent deadly shooting by the police. Can’t blame them.

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