Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

I just read a story at the Washington Post about a man who chronicles examples of New York City law-enforcement officers breaking the law.  Calling himself “Jimmy Justice,” usually targets illegally parked traffic cops blocking fire hydrants, double parked, or in no-parking zones.  You can read the article here.

This man is a hero.

Unsurprisingly, this “infuriates” James Huntley, the president of the Communications Workers of America Local 1182, a union which represents the city’s traffic cops and sanitation workers.

“Sometimes we do have to make U-turns. Sometimes we do have to park here and there,” Huntley said.

Us too, DICK.

In my view this video vigilante is doing the city a public service.  When citizens witness law enforcement openly flouting the law, it causes distrust of law enforcement, encourages people to break laws they think are unfair or are being unfairly enforced, and ultimately, erodes their faith in the rule of law.

Typical of a union president, Huntley openly threatens Jimmy Justice, and presumably anyone else with similar intentions:

“We can have him arrested for menacing or stalking,” Huntley said of Jimmy, signaling a possible new confrontation in the streets.”

The union president’s response is especially slimy.  Rather than admit to a problem and take steps to remedy that problem, he decides that the only solution is revenge.  Where he could have taken the high road and garnered newfound respect for traffic cops, by his response he ensured the continued loathing of all traffic cops by New York’s citizens, even by those of us who do not have cars.

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