News The Real Problem with Kerlikowske
posted by June 28 at 9:35 AMon
The current scandal—Kerlikowske’s refusal to discipline officers when the OPA recommends as much (and as Mike Carter reports today, he promotes them instead)—dates back to Kerlikowske’s loss of cred with the rank and file in 2001.
Officers were enraged after they were told to stand down during the Mardi Gras melee in Pioneer Square in ‘01. Ever since then, Kerlikowske has been fighting to regain the trust of the rank and file. So, he’s been flipping off the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA, the department that investigates citizen complaints against officers).
Ironically, his ploy has backfired…with the cops. I don’t think scoffing at the OPA helps Kerlikowske with the rank and file. I think good cops (most cops) appreciate the OPA system, and watching Kerlikowske disrespect the OPA in a cloying, condescending attempt to win back their trust is insulting to the rank and file.
My guess is the rank and file is just as disgusted as the public at the officers who beat the shit out of Alley-Barnes and more so that one of the officers got a promotion.