in today’s “Bad Policy” news…
James Carnell, who is a veteran officer of the Boston PD, took to the Boston Police Department’s union newspaper to speak on what he says are the views of 99% of the police officers assigned to oversee the Occupy Movement in Boston.
Carnell, insinuated that all the protestors were stupid and that the children of America are idiots, trained by liberals to sing North Korean style songs praising Obama.
Carnell’s crusade against Occupy took a harsh turn earlier this year when the officer opined in the paper’s January/February 2012 edition that the protesters demonstrating against corporate greed in the heart of Boston were“deranged rich kids and aging hippies” who led “stupid marches through downtown,” took drugs, stole from others and engaged in sex with “stupid college girls who offered themselves willingly to the poor and downtrodden victims of oppression”
His sentiments did not sit well with protesters.
“I was horrified, disgusted and utterly consumed with the things you had to say about Occupy Boston,” teacher Bil Lewis wrote Carnell in a letter that is published in the most recent edition of the newspaper.“I don’t see how you could say what you said if you spent any time at Dewey Square,” Lewis continues, referring to the central space occupied by demonstrators until the police department waged a forced evacuation late last year. “I spoke with officers regularly and I got a lot of support. Most of them understood why we were there, even if they didn’t agree with our tactics.”
“As a teacher, I don’t get to choose my students, but I have to do my best for them, even the ones I don’t like,” Lewis adds. “I cannot believe that a Boston Police officer would actually so discount the Constitution, so disrespect his fellow citizens and so blindly worship authority.”
“You say you ‘spoke with officers and got a lot of support’?” asks Carnell. “Bil, let me let you in on a trade secret: they were bullshitting you. They were laughing at you while pretending to agree with your stupid group and the assembled morons from privileged backgrounds who took over public property and destroyed it.”
Elsewhere in the issue, Carnell writes that he encourages Lewis to “organize a community meeting, bang some bongo drums and invite me as your guest speaker. I’ll bring the tofu and brown rice. You start the line-dancing with the grey haired Jamaica Plain and Cambridge aging hippies.”
“Most police officers have to remain quiet because of our positions, but I have the luxury of speaking on behalf of what 99 percent of police officers really think about you and your occupies,” he adds. “Why don’t you and your fellow occupiers go find a sandbox . . . where you can protest injustices, stamp your feet, scream and yell and then go home to Mommy and Daddy and eat quiche, brie and have a good long slug of Chardonnay?”
From there, the board member of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association attacks the students of Lewis, without actually taking the time, apparently, to see who he was arguing with. Lewis has in the past served as a computer scientist at Sun Microsystems and has also taught at acclaimed institutions such as Tufts University, MIT and Stanford.
“I noticed that you identified yourself as a teacher,” writes Carnell. “Aha! No wonder this country is filled with so many young idiots who don’t know history, geography, math or classical literature, but can sing North Korean-style songs praising Obama!”
“Perhaps, Bil, if you spent less time at Occupy Boston and more time instructing students in how to think critically, we might actually have students who can find Europe on a map? Then again, too many liberals like yourself indoctrinate students, rather than teach matters of substance. Liberals act on emotion and feelings, conservatives use logic and support.”
Talk about telling ’em why you mad … if 99% of the Police Officers guarding occupy protests feel this way as Collins suggests, then we see exactly where the lines are drawn.