Friday, November 28, 2008

Where did all of this come from?

DeBerry has been on top of things lately.

Riley went on to talk about poverty and the city's history of god-awful public schools. That's a tried-and-true formula for increased criminal activity, and most rational people understand that. But just as we don't expect dentists to turn away patients who haven't flossed, and we don't expect firefighters to ignore flames caused by those who smoke in bed, we don't expect a police chief to cite bad schools and poverty as reasons to wash his hands of the crime problem.


bayoustjohndavid said...

Believe it or not, the first couple of things that I ever wrote about him were positive. I think he forgot his job description when he decided that his main duty was to defend the mayor from unfair criticism. There was also some gratuitous stupidity, like pointing to GNOR advertising as brilliant campaigning by the mayor, but that came out of his Nagin's advocate role.

E said...

For me, it turned when Riley suppressed the results of the internal audit of policy and morale back in the summer and fall of last year.

The defensive posture revolving around the findings then speaks to what you're talking about - it was more important to defend Nagin's counterproductive policies than to actually implement suggested reforms.