.. To slap a cop in the face, and get away with it?
“It’s a slap in the face,” Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin told the Miami Herald on Saturday. “We have a lot of police officers in the county who are ex-military. It’s not just a slap in the face to our military – past and present – but to all law enforcement officers across the country. As long as the protest continues, we will protest our attendance at the Dolphins games and continue to stay away from the NFL and its products.”
Remember when unions used to be predominantly progressive organizations, that stood between the workers and the establishment? Well, the police chose sides long ago.
I wish it were possible to stay away from the police union and its products.
Yes, I know the protests are about police abuse, not slapping the military in the face. Broward County Police Benevolent Association Vice President Rod Skirvin is Trump-competent at deflection, isn’t he?
An organisation calling itself a “[location] Police Benevolent Association” is eerily reminiscent of Miniluv. Benevolent : love, and ministry (dealing with rule infractions and punishment) : police. Perhaps the purest example of Orwellian naming…?
Marcus Ranum says
eerily reminiscent of Miniluv
They call it the “Benevolent” Association so you can tell it from the “Hostile” Association.
Ieva Skrebele says
I wonder whether it’s just me, but whenever I see all those positive adjectives in some name, I always get suspicious that probably this organization is the exact opposite of what that positive adjective says. If they really were so good, why should they unnecessarily lengthen their name with some superfluous adjectives? (All those “democratic people’s republics” being the perfect illustration for this problem.)
The PBA isn’t a union. I’m not sure what they do exactly, but you usually see them raising money for a fallen cops family. Some/most(?) states will let you get a PBA license plate with some of the money going to them. Police unions are generally quite conservative, but this isn’t them. It’s probably the same people, but they’re not speaking as a union. Actually, this really strikes me as more of a Fraternal Order of Police thing, but here we are.
It definitely isn’t just you. Although in the case of Benevolent Associations they traditionally provided financial support for the widows and children of their members as well as an education in the trade for any sons (they were nearly always associated with a trade).